It’s over. The worst Super Bowl in over a decade and one of the most boring of all time came and went in the dullest of fashions. The first few minutes provided a bit of excitement with the Seattle Seahawks scoring a safety on the first play, but after that, the thrashing got old quickly. Now that everyone has had a chance to sleep on it, the verbal bashing of the Denver Broncos has begun, albeit unnecessary and somewhat ignorant. We’re not here to discuss that, however; the case for Peyton Manning’s squad in the 2014-15 NFL season is what’s now at stake.
Too early for predictions? I couldn’t agree more. Defending the Broncos is definitely something that needs to be done, though. Otherwise, the football knowledge of the next generation will forever be tarnished by the moronic comments of the current one.
The fact the Broncos even made it to the Super Bowl this year was astounding because they were without the following starters for a majority of the season and/or the Big Game:
LB Von Miller (All-Pro)
LT Ryan Clady (All-Pro)
C Dan Koppen (All-Pro)
CB Chris Harris
S Rahim Moore
DT Kevin Vickerson
DE Derek Wolfe
Now let’s quickly point out that Denver still would have gotten drubbed in the Super Bowl even if all of those players had been healthy. This was one of those fluke games that happens every so often and unfortunately for everyone besides Seahawks fans, this time it came on the biggest sports day of the year. However, the Broncos will have everyone back for another run in 2014, assuming they re-sign running back Knowshon Moreno.
That’s definitely no guarantee with the Broncos’ current salary cap situation, but Montee Ball proved serviceable after initially getting beat out of the starting job by Moreno. In addition, Denver head coach John Fox can still generate a solid running game out of a bunch of no-names, especially with Manning at the helm and the Broncos’ dominant offensive line. Add in a cheap, underrated free agent (i.e. Donald Brown or Rashad Jennings) and Fox could have another 1,000-yard rusher in 2014.
So here’s somewhat of a prediction for you: the Broncos and Seahawks could very likely meet in the Super Bowl again next season. On paper, they are still the top two teams in the league, although the 2014 NFL Draft and free agency period hasn’t happened yet. All in all, it’s not farfetched to say the Broncos should be favored to win it all next year with all their starters healthy again.