Denver Broncos' Greatest Disappointments Since Super Bowl XXXIII

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Denver Broncos' Greatest Disappointments Since Super Bowl XXXIII
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The most unfortunate part of this photo is that this was the last Super Bowl the Broncos were in. It's been over a decade since the team made it to the big dance.

As the John Fox era gets underway on a very positive note, the Broncos franchise has been called to look back at itself in the mirror and recognize the various forms of disappointment that have sunk the franchise over much of the last decade.

It's obvious fans of the Denver Broncos were spoiled during the era of John Elway's playing career.  Elway helped to land the Broncos in five Super Bowls during his 16-year career.  Throw out one full season to account for all of his missed games due to injuries and you have a team that made the dance once out of every three years Elway was in the league.

Reality has since set in with the Broncos, making the AFC Championship only once on the back of their only playoff victory in a little over a decade (a drubbing of the defending champion New England Patriots in 2005).

It always seemed with John Elway the Broncos always had a chance.  For awhile under Mike Shanahan it seemed that tradition could carry on—obviously it did not, however.  Under Josh McDaniels it became apparent very early on, however, that the franchise could be heading for an even steeper tailspin.  As it turned out that is exactly what happened.  Under John Fox and and the guidance of John Elway it seems the franchise now has the hope it has been missing for a very long time now.

So on the week's eve prior to the John Fox era turning the page on the past, it's time to take one last look at how painful it's been and what led the best NFL franchise to free-fall to the bottom of the league standings.  It's almost an entirely chronological order of how things went down; however, it's very close to a Top 25 list so it actually works out somewhere in between.  Take the slideshow in for what it is, a look back at some horrible football decisions.  The last slide is the most important, that being the remembrance of three Broncos who have lost their lives over the last decade.

It's all a somber reminder, but it should make the future direction and return of the Broncos franchise that much sweeter for years to come.

Special Contributors: Jake White, Al N, Daniel Bogard

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