This was the moment that the Denver Broncos pushed all of their chips in the middle—going all-in on a Super Bowl or bust move.
John Elway, the most prolific quarterback in Denver history, and many of us think one of the top three QBs of all-time, turned heads when he accepted the job as Executive Vice President of Football Operations and returned to the team he took to five Super Bowls, including two consecutive wins to close out his career.
While Bronco maniacs praised the decision to bring back their hero to lead this team to the promise land again, some questioned if his hiring would pay dividends—given the run of failed player-turned football executive in recent history. From Matt Millen to Dan Marino, having a former star at the top of your team definitely did not ensure success, in fact, it often produced the opposite.
But since day one "The Duke" has had a vision for this team, a vision that would lift the Orange and Blue out of the dark days left behind by the ego-maniacal Josh McDaniels and his continuous streak of failures and blunders.
Flash forward to today and look at the squad that has been assembled here in Denver. While none of the supposed experts at ESPN or CBS Sports have Denver going to the Super Bowl, here are five reasons why those experts will be eating their words come February.