There’s been a lot of talk about what the Denver Broncos need to do in the off-season to take the next step towards a championship. Most of that talk has focused on continuing to build a defense that has improved greatly over the last two seasons. Maybe it is time to think outside of the box. The recently completed playoffs featured points and more points, even the better defenses looked average.
The San Francisco 49ers were believed by most to have the best defense in football and they gave up 31, 24 and 34 points in three playoff games. The Seattle Seahawks and their great defense gave up 30 points to the Atlanta Falcons. Everyone remembers what happened to the Broncos defense in their divisional loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
The NFL, as I wrote on Tuesday, is set up to reward the offense and maybe the Broncos should just go all in on that side of the ball. Peyton Manning has two, maybe three great seasons left. As good as the Broncos offense was in 2012, it can be better and perhaps the free agent money would be better spent putting together the best offense in the league. Running back, Steven Jackson is a free agent and how good would he look standing next to Manning in the backfield? The idea of bringing in Wes Welker has already been mentioned by several, but there are other free agent wide receivers including Mike Wallace of the Pittsburgh Steelers. There’s no way they can sign all of those guys but you get the point.
I’m not advocating that the defense be ignored but if the league is going to reward the offenses, then build that way. The Broncos have the quarterback and a good supporting cast already, add to that and try to be the best offense in the league. The Broncos showed that they were at their best on defense when they had a lead, improving the offense would only help the defense. Again there are still two or three areas that must be addressed on the defensive side, but I would devote more of my resources towards the offense. When the Broncos won their Super Bowls in the late 90’s, this is exactly how they were built. The offense led by John Elway and Terrell Davis jumped on teams early and then the defense teed off. The same blueprint can work with Manning.
The romantic notion of defense winning championships is dying; even the Ravens won it this season with Joe Flacco and their offense. My guess is the Broncos will address both sides of the ball fairly evenly, but one thing is for certain. If you cannot score 28-30 points a week in today’s NFL, then you are not going to win too many games.
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