Only one team can win the Super Bowl each year, and this year it just was not in the cards for the Denver Broncos.
Despite being blown out 43-8 by the Seattle Seahawks, there should be optimism. I know getting embarrassed in the biggest game of them all is far from positive, but if you look at it from a different perspective this team fought through so many injuries to the defensive and offensive sides of the ball. You also have to factor in that Ryan Clady — perhaps the Broncos’ best offensive lineman — got hurt early in the season, and Von Miller served a suspension before he found himself on the shelf with an ACL tear. Their starting center Dan Koppen never played a snap due to his injury, and then the secondary took a hit with Chris Harris and Rahim Moore being shelved late in the season. Not to mention the unexpected injury to Derek Wolfe and the loss of Kevin Vickerson. The team just happened to be a shell of itself for the majority of the season.
The fact that they lost those key players, dealt with John Fox‘s surgery that sidelined him for four games and the questionable defense the Broncos did their fanbase proud by just getting to the Super Bowl. The fact of the matter is that they went up against a team that was more skilled and more physical. The NFL today has become a more physical game, and the Seahawks were physical right from the start. And let’s also look at the fact that they won the division for the third straight year and took two extra steps forward from last season to become champions of the AFC. And all the records that were set this year by the offense is quite a bit to be proud of.
I believe this team will be a favorite come the 2014 season, and as long as they address their needs during the offseason there is no doubt in my mind they will compete at this level again. What makes it even better is that the rest of the AFC will be geared up and should be stronger. They have the pieces in place; it is all about readjusting. If the Broncos can get to the Super Bowl again next year I have a feeling it will be as rewarding as this year was.
One day the Denver Broncos will reach the top. It is just a matter of time.