This year they again have their eyes set on the highest prize in all of football, but despite all the talent on the roster they still have plenty of questions that need to be answered.
They have one of the best defenses in the NFL, but it revolves around linebacker Von Miller, who may or may not miss four games this year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
But even that isn’t the biggest question they will face this year. If Miller doesn’t have a great year they could still achieve their championship goal. But there is one player that the team must have at the top of his game if they want to still be playing when the league congregates in New Jersey this winter.
That, of course, is their future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning came into last year with a huge question mark over his game. Could he come back after missing a whole year? Was he going to be the same player after multiple neck surgeries?
Well, he answered those questions emphatically with one of the best years of his illustrious career.
This year the question isn’t whether that year off derailed him, it’s whether or not father time has taken its toll. The question is how much does Manning have left in the tank?
And the answer is likely that he has plenty left. In fact, he just might be ready to have one of his best years ever.
I was one of those who doubted him last year. I just wasn’t going to believe that a quarterback in his late 30s was going to come back from a year off and be the same player he was before.
But the thing is, he didn’t come back as the same player he was before. He may not have come back better, that would almost have been impossible, but he came back different.
He came back with less arm strength than he had when he was with the Colts. That was obvious from the beginning. But the amazing thing is that he consciously compensated for his lack of arm strength by having the best timing I’ve ever seen from a quarterback.
He knew that he couldn’t force the ball into tight windows with his arm strength like he could when he was a younger player, so instead he used his football knowledge to read the defense and throw the ball sooner so it got there at the right time.
In the end, age catches up to all of the great players, and this may or may not be the year that it catches up to Manning.
And whether or not it does is the biggest question the Broncos face this year.