2009-2010 NFL Season Preview: Denver Broncos

Derek PeifferCorrespondent IJuly 20, 2009

DENVER - OCTOBER 12:  Wide receiver Brandon Stokley #14 of the Denver Broncos celebrates his 11 yard touchdown reception with Brandon Marshall #15 against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first quarter during NFL action on October 12, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Jaguars defeated the Broncos 24-17.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

2008 Record: 8-8 (No Playoffs)

Head Coach - Josh McDaniels (First year)

Key Additions: S Brian Dawkins, CB Andre Goodman, S Renaldo Hill, QB Chris Simms, RB Correll Buckhalter, RB LaMont Jordan, LB Nick Greisen, WR Jabar Gaffney, DT Ronald Fields, LB Andra Davis

Key Losses
: QB Jay Cutler, CB Dre' Bly, S Marlon McCree, S Marquand Manuel, LB Jamie Winborn, RB Selvin Young, DE John Engelberger, DE Dewayne Robertson

Well, unless you've been living under a rock this off-season, you've heard at least one thing about the Denver Broncos.

Whether it be from newly hired head coach Josh McDaniels running former franchise QB Jay Cutler out of town, to numerous acquisitions, or even Brandon Marshall's trouble with off the field issues.

In one way or another, you've seen them in the news.

With the Broncos organization running amuck, one thing remains a certainty, things will be vastly different for the AFC West runner-ups.

In what would be a huge back-and-forth he said, she said ordeal early in the off-season, Josh McDaniels sought to trade QB Jay Cutler, and by golly he got it done.

Cutler was shipped off to the Chicago Bears in exchange for QB Kyle Orton, the 18th overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft and a first-round pick in 2010, along with a third-round pick (84th overall) in 2009.

Early on Orton looks to be the favorite for the vacant quarterback position, but free agent signee, Chris Simms, will make it a tighter competition.

While the Quarterback may be gone, the solid group of receivers remains intact.

Brandon Marshall, Eddie Royal, Brandon Stokley, and Tony Scheffler all return this season. The only question mark is Marshall.

Marshall has been in constant trouble off the field, and even recently has decide to demand a trade. It's all up in the air on him, but my personal opinion has him sticking out this season at least in Denver.

As always, the Broncos are loaded behind the quarterback. Picking up two running backs via free agency, and using the first of two 1st-round picks on Georgia product, Knowshon Moreno.

Add these to the other five on the roster, and you got eight running backs. Denver always has a surplus at that postion.

Correll Buckhalter and Moreno have got to be the favorites to carry most of the load. Lamont Jordan, who was the other free agent signee, may get a few carries here and there, but is mainly for depth.

Onto the defense.

When you take a look at the key losses section, you'll begin to notice the trend was defense.

This is not a bad thing at all considering the horrific effort put on by last years squad.

A healthy Champ Bailey teamed up with the always fired up Brian Dawkins should have Denver's secondary looking pretty good on Sundays. They also added former Miami Dolphin cornerback, Andre Goodman, to replace Dre Bly.

And with Jamie Winborn, last year's leading tackler gone from the team, the Dawkins, Baily and Goodman backfield will have to bear the brunt of the defensive load.

Season Prediction: 5-11, 3rd In AFC West