5 Things Denver Broncos Must Address in 2014

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5 Things the Denver Broncos Must Address in 2014

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Ouch. That one hurt.

There's really not much else you can say about the Denver Broncos loss in the Super Bowl XLVIII. From the first snap of the game it was clear that it wasn't going to be the Broncos night. As the shotgun snap from Manny Ramirez sailed over Peyton Manning's head, you could hear Broncos fans let out a collective 'oh crap' because the tone was set for an awful evening.

But what's done is done. SB 48 is now a thing of the past and the Broncos are left trying to regroup. Can they gather themselves for another run in 2014? I think there's no doubt that they can. In this slideshow we'll take a look at five things the Broncos must address before the start of the 2014 season.

It's not just that the Broncos got beat down in the Super Bowl, it's how they got beat down. They were beaten in every aspect of the game. Special teams, offense, defense -- you name it, the Broncos were outplayed in it.

So where does Denver go from here? If they didn't have the leaders in place that they do, fans should be a lot more worried. But with John Elway running the front office, John Fox coaching the team, Jack Del Rio leading the defense and Peyton Manning running the offense, there's plenty for fans to feel good about moving forward. No one could have predicted what happened to Denver in the Super Bowl. Fans will hopefully be able to chalk it up to a fluke bad game. Let's take a look at 5 things the team must address before the start of next season:

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Peyton Manning's Health

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The Broncos 2014 season rests on Manning's neck evaluation in March. If the doctors end his career, the Broncos are in big trouble next season. But if he gets cleared, then they can move on to the next step.

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Eric Decker's Expiring Contract

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Is Decker's time in Denver over? Many think it is. He'll be a free agent this offseason and he could easily get a better offer from another team.

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The Defense

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The Broncos defense played well in the playoffs, minus the SB. But all season long they were just average. If the Broncos are going to win it all in 2014, their defense has to get better as a whole. Defense can still when championships, the Seahawks just proved it.

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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's Football Future

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DRC is also set to be a free agent this offseason, but he may not even play football at all anymore. He hinted at retirement before the SB, but if he sticks around, the Broncos must re-sign him.

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Plan for 2015 and Beyond

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While the Broncos are still built to win now, they've got to start thinking down the road about Manning's replacement. Is it Brock Osweiler? If not, it's time to start determining who that guy will be.

 

 


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