The Denver Broncos started their offseason program on Monday and there are two overriding themes. The first is the fact that the players are still upset and angry about the playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The second theme is one set forth by the boss.
Everyone, especially the Broncos and their fans, remembers how last season ended. There weren’t many positives to come out of that frigid day, but maybe there was one in retrospect.
The Broncos are talented team and one of the favorites to go to and win the Super Bowl, but sometimes that’s not enough. The Ravens were an afterthought heading into the playoffs last season, but then Ray Lewis announced his retirement, and everything came together. The loss to the Ravens may have given the Broncos that edge they need — the edge John Elway is trying to create.
There’s also some history that Broncos’ fans may be more familiar with happened back in January of 1997. The Broncos were 13-3, had home-field advantage through the playoffs and lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the divisional round.
As tough as that loss was to swallow at the time, many players have since said that it was that loss that was the launching point for the back-to-back Super Bowl victories.
It’s only day one of the offseason workouts but Elway has set the tone, and the tone is win now. Another glossy record in the regular season is meaningless and one playoff win is not enough. The only goal that matters is standing under confetti in February.
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