2012 NFL SEASON PREVIEW-AFC WEST: Denver Broncos
There was only ONE way that Broncos’ head man John Elway was going to be able to rid himself of the adoring Broncos’ fan base new found hero Tim Tebow, and avoid a full blown riot.
And he did it.
This offseason John Elway rid himself of the untraditonal, innacurate starting QB he never wanted under center for his football team in the 1st place, and it INSTANTLY became an after thought.
By bringing in one of the top 5 greatest QB’s of all time, and one of very few football players more popular than Tebow, former Colts’ great Peyton Manning.
Tim Tebow electrified the Broncos fan base and the entire sports’ world in 2011 by turning out 3 quarters of shitty football only to strap on his Superman cape and lead the team to a miraculous 4th quarter victory seemingly on a weekly basis. Leading the Broncos to an AFC West title, a playoff berth, and a first round playoff upset over the defending super bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
All of that being said, if you don’t think that the Denver Broncos are better off with arguably the greatest regular season QB in NFL history under center, then you shoul probably check yourself into the nearest psych ward, STAT.
Sure, the Denver Broncos are weak at the wide reiever position. Buty Peyton Manning has made an entire career out of turning average wide recievers into pro wol caliber superstars (see Pierre Garcon).
If the great Peyton Manning can turn this recieving corps into an elite one, it could very well be the greatest accomplishment of his stellar career. But I think he can do it.
The Denver Broncos were 31st in the NFL in passing yards per game in 2011. You KNOW that will improve, and that at the very worst Peyton will move the team to 15th in that category in 2012. The Broncos lead the NFL in rush yards per game in 2011, in large part because of the mobile Tim Tebow. There is absolutely no way that happens in 2012. But if the Broncos can keep that in the top 10, their offense could be among the league’s most versatile.
Where the Broncos can certainly stand to improve is on the defensive side of the ball. The Broncos were 18th in pass yards per game, and 22nd in rush yards per game. Unfortunately for them, Peyton Manning does not play defense. But the Broncos did improve their secondary this offseason by adding safety Mike Adams from Cleveland, and cornerbacks Tracy Porter and Drayton Florence. And having Manning on the team actually does improve their defense. How? Having Peyton Manning as your QB means longer offensive drives, which means less time on the field for your defense, which means a fresher and faster defense.
The Broncos numbers on defense will improve, the additions of former Manning teammates Brandon Stokley and Jacob Tamme, and WR’s Andre Caldwell and Joel Dreesens will improve the teams recieving corps, and the 2012 AFC West championship belongs to the Denver Broncos.
PREDICTION: 10-6, AFC West Champions