The Denver Broncos are on a mission. They have begun the offseason program with the memory of the Super Bowl loss still fresh in their minds.
Earlier this week, third-year defensive end Malik Jackson said the team is using the 35-point beatdown as motivation.
“We use it every day. These workouts, we come in and we say, ‘We lost by 35.’ So that’s our motivation.” Jackson continued, “Whenever someone gets tired, you just say ‘35,’ and they just start picking it up again. We know we have to come back strong this year. We had a disappointing loss. But that’s last season. We’re ready to move on.”
The Broncos' schedule is much tougher this season, but they should still be able to contend for the AFC West title and make a playoff run. They have used free agency to make big splashes by adding impact players like strong safety T.J. Ward, cornerback Aqib Talib, defensive end DeMarcus Ware and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
During the NFL draft, the team could add impact players with developmental upside. The starting lineup is almost completely set for the 2014 season, so the Broncos can use the draft to build depth at multiple positions.
Let’s take a look at what their starting lineup looks like before the 2014 NFL draft.