Sunday, January 13, 2013
Denver Broncos: Moving On
By Bill Williamson
The Denver Broncos’ season suddenly ended Saturday in an epic double-overtime 38-35 home loss to Baltimore. The No. 1 seeded Broncos’ season ended at 13-4.
Recap: We can go on and on. So much had to happen for this to result -- and it all did. Denver saw its 11-game win streak end for oh so many reasons. Quarterback Peyton Manning committed three turnovers that resulted in 17 points for Baltimore. Denver safety Rahim Moore committed a cardinal sin of secondary play by allowing Jacoby Jones to get behind him on a desperation bomb in the final seconds of regulation. Star cornerback Champ Bailey had a rough day. Denver’s offensive and defensive fronts faltered. Coach John Fox had a bad day. It was a total team-effort defeat.
Biggest offseason area to fix: The Broncos are in good shape, but they probably need another impact defensive player, likely at middle linebacker or at safety.
Biggest area to build on: This is a good roster. It’s just not Manning. Denver should be good again in 2013.
What to watch for: The Broncos have more than $18 million in salary-cap room, the most in the AFC West. The first order of business will be either extending All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady or franchising him. Denver has the No. 28 pick in the first round of the draft.