8-8. That's all that's left of a once promising season. Gone are the smiles from Brandon Marshall and head coach Josh McDaniel's faces. Gone are fan favorites Kenny Peterson and Andra Davis. Gone was the Mile High Feeling. Now its time to rifle through the mess that remains and begin to build a new structure for the future.
"Denver has to get bigger." That is the consensus around the Mile High city and the NFL nation. The Denver Broncos were inconsistent on the defensive line and, at times, man-handled on the offensive line. First round draft pick Knowshon Moreno was greeted by opposing defensive units within seconds of receiving the hand off to make the ground game less than effective. This put an unnecessary burden on quarterback Kyle Orton to perform at a higher level then capable of performing. On the defensive side, things went well at the beginning before turning into utter chaos. The stellar play of OLB Elvis Dumervil and tenacity of Safety Brian Dawkins helped hide the lack of size on defensive line. This was ever apparent during the final game of the season in which Kansas City tailback Jamaal Charles rushing for 259 yards in a lopsided loss.
At the start of Free Agency, Denver was quiet. They brought back tailback J.J. Arrington after recovering from a knee injury. Next, they watched as their best offensive player took a trip to Seattle. About a week into Free Agency, Denver started making some noise. They brought in DT Justin Bannan. A former CU Buff and NFL vet, they were able to agree to a deal that brought the 310 lb force back to Denver. After talking to former Baltimore Raven Dwan Edwards, Denver was unable to strike a deal and moved on. Later in the week, Denver landed a massive Free Agent. Jamal Williams, cut loose by the rival San Diego Chargers, brought his 6' 3", 348 lb frame to the Denver Broncos. They were also able to acquire "Super Sub" Jarvis Green, formerly of the New England Patriots. In a weeks time, Denver was able to add 943 lbs to their defensive line.
It has been reported by several sources that Denver is interested in NFL vet and head of the Players Association Kevin Mawae. While he is not considerably bigger than what Denver had before, Kevin has been know to play with a tenacity that makes up for his lack of size. Word around town is the Denver will be working out 6' 6", 225 Cincinnati QB Tony Pike. That makes him 20 lbs lighter than Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger. Along with the possible addition of WR Dez Bryant in the NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos are looking to add some serious size to the offensive unit.
While it may be too soon to start picturing the Lombardi trophy in the hands of Josh McDaniels and Pat Bowlen, the Denver Broncos have made definitive progress in bringing back the Mile High Feeling to Denver.