The Denver Broncos came up short in 2013. Losing the Super Bowl 43-8 was a tough pill to swallow for Broncos Country—the fans, the players, the coaches, etc.
Denver learned what they needed to upgrade this offseason, and they made several strides to improve the team through free agency and the 2014 NFL draft.
The roster looks quite a bit different this year—on both sides of the ball. With Peyton Manning at quarterback, the Broncos are always going to be in the mix for the Super Bowl.
As general manager John Elway said on Wednesday at the media barbecue, the team needed to upgrade around Manning to try to get over the top.
“The philosophy [of building the team this offseason] was to try to get the best football players with the right mentality. I think that we’ve got to get to be where we’re a complete football team.” Elway continued, “We can’t rely on 18 (QB Peyton Manning) to win it because he can’t win it by himself.”
Elway believes in having a dominant defense in addition to having the league’s most dangerous offense.
“So I think what we’ve done defensively, especially with [DE] DeMarcus Ware and the leadership ability there, and [CB] Aqib [Talib], as well as [S] T.J. [Ward] and the leadership that they’ve brought is the defense to have their identity. And they want to have their identity, take pride in what they do and not have to rely on that offense to bail us out.”
Here are the seven biggest upgrades the Broncos made this offseason.