It is going to be a long seven months before NFL games return. The Denver Broncos go into the offseason with many questions to answer. These questions vary from free agency, the draft and so on. One of the biggest questions that will be answered during that time is the health of Peyton Manning. If his health holds up when he gets evaluated in March, then the next stage of planning must take place.
With everything that the Broncos went through during the 2013 season, it would have been an interesting story to tell on how they overcame a lot to win the Super Bowl, but the Seattle Seahawks foiled that plan. But it does raise the question: can the Broncos return to the Super Bowl in 2015?
Recent history has not been kind to teams that lost the Super Bowl the previous season. The only team to return to the big game after losing it the previous year was the 1993 Buffalo Bills in midst of four straight Super Bowl appearances. But recent history can help the Broncos at least go far. The 2012 New England Patriots and 2013 San Francisco 49ers both reached the conference championship after losing the Super Bowl the previous year.
I believe that the Broncos can return to the big game. As long as players can stay healthy and work on the defensive issues they had, especially in the secondary, they will be a Super Bowl contender without question.
The road for them in 2014 will be tough. They will get a rematch with the Seahawks and play the rest of the NFC West division, which was the strongest division in 2013. This is not to mention plus their division and the AFC East, which includes the Patriots. Division winners Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals will make things interesting for the Broncos, but if they can pass all the tests, there is no doubt that the repeat trip to the Super Bowl is a possibility.