The Denver Broncos were a playoff team in 2011, and they even won a playoff game. But that didn't stop the front office from changing things drastically.
The Broncos made the biggest splash of the offseason, luring Peyton Manning, long regarded as one of the best quarterbacks of all time, to Denver. Within days, Tim Tebow was traded to the New York Jets.
Did the Broncos make the right decision? Although Manning entered the season with 54,828 career passing yards, he came with many questions. Questions concerning things like his arm strength and his health.
Through eight games, Manning has been nothing short of terrific for the Broncos. Manning has been so good that an argument could be made for him as the league MVP through the halfway point of the season.
How about the rest of the team?
Manning seems to be getting the most out of players like Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, but what's been especially encouraging has been the play of the defense.
It is currently ranked 10th overall in total defense and was able to hold the high-powered New Orleans Saints to just 14 points.
Linebacker Von Miller is tied for second in the league with nine sacks, and he is becoming one of the top overall defensive players in all of football.
The pieces are starting to fall into place for the Broncos, and if you look at their schedule, they are in great position to go on a serious run.