Denver Broncos Season Preview History
2011 DENVER BRONCOS PREVIEW:
It’s been a long and winding road over the past few years for the Denver Broncos franchise. However, after firing head coach Josh McDaniels and replacing him with the experienced John Fox as head coach, seeing the Broncos return to prominence is not out of the question.
The Broncos will have a relatively reliable quarterback under center in Kyle Orton when they kick off the season. While Orton will be solid, the productivity of the talent surrounding him may be in question. Running backs Knowshon Moreno and Willis McGahee will shoulder much of the carries. The wide receiving corps is led primarily by big play threats Brandon Lloyd and Eddie Royal.
The defense is most certainly the strength of this year's Broncos team. Specifically, they have one of the best linemen in the league with Elvis Dumervil, who emerged as a premier pass rusher last season. Additionally, the Broncos are lucky to have Champ Bailey, who not only adds veteran leadership but also an excellent cover corner. Rounding out the squad is safety Brian Dawkins, who will be entering his third season with the team.
2010 Denver Broncos Football Preview:
Josh McDaniel's first year as coach of the Denver Broncos got off to an auspicious start, but after they stumbled down the stretch, the Broncos finished 8-8 and missed out on the playoffs for the second straight year. There were a few additions and departures in Denver this offseason that may make it difficult for them to surpass the San Diego Chargers as champions of the AFC West.
Quarterback Kyle Orton lead the offense in 2009, but his position as starter is in question heading into the regular season. Orton will be challenged by Brady Quinn and Denver's first round pick Tim Tebow. Whoever wins the starting job will be without one of the best receivers in the NFL, as Brandon Marshall signed with the Miami Dolphins in the spring. Although they lost Marshall, the Broncos still have a solid pair of running backs in Correll Buckhalter and Knowshon Moreno.
The Denver defense took a big hit recently when linebacker Elvis Dumervil, who had 17 sacks last season, suffered a torn pectoral muscle that could sideline him for the of the year. With Dumervil's absence, much of the leadership onus will fall on veteran conrerback Champ Bailey.
Although the AFC West is typically one of the easiest divisions, the Broncos will have a tough time competing with so many unknowns.
2009 Denver Broncos Football Preview:
The Denver Broncos had a tumultuous offseason that started with the firing of longtime Coach Mike Shanahan. Mile High fans probably thought things were back to business as usual once they hired new Coach Josh McDaniels away from the Patriots. But then word surfaced that the Broncos had shopped their up-and-coming quarterback Jay Cutler in a three-team deal that would have brought QB Matt Cassell from New England. Whoa, that's quite an offseason. The question now is how do the Broncos respond on the field in 2009? If Denver doesn't implode, then expect them to be a major player in the AFC title picture. They've got questions to answer at running back and wide receiver, but there is just too much talent on their roster not to do well in '09. If the defense gives them anything, they could win the AFC West.
2008 Denver Broncos Football Preview:
The Denver Broncos are always one of the toughest teams in the NFL and one of the most exciting to watch. The team under Mike Shanahan as head coach is known for explosive offenses and high yardage running backs. The Denver Broncos will be in the hunt for a playoff berth this season and is likely to knock someone out in the postseason. A game at Mile High this year will be hard fought competition as the Denver Broncos try to regain their former strength.