The Denver Broncos are not the same team they were last year. Changes are a part of the game, and teams build with the expectation that players and coaches may move on.
This season Denver sees a different offensive coordinator take over as Mike McCoy moved on to be the head coach of the San Diego Chargers. That position will now be filled by Adam Gase, the Broncos' quarterback coach in 2012. Gase will bring an exciting, uptempo offense to Denver and will even use the pistol formation from time to time.
In addition to Gase, the team also brought back zone-blocking guru Alex Gibbs to help out with the offensive line. This style of system fits the skill sets of the running backs on the roster better than the inside power zone we saw last year under McCoy.
Several players have changed from last year. The biggest addition was arguably wide receiver Wes Welker. There is no question the biggest departure was the loss of pass-rusher Elvis Dumervil.
The Broncos' rookie class is one of the most exciting in all of the NFL. They have a few impact rookies in addition to some sleeper picks who could make a bigger impact than some people think.
Overall the Broncos are looking at another AFC West division title. That would make three in a row but this year the Broncos want to get all the way to the Super Bowl. They have the core in place to make a championship run. The additions to the roster and to the coaching staff could help them reach their championship goals in 2013.