Sure, there are concerns with the Broncos. We didn’t think this would be a stroll in the park, did we?
Injuries top the list. The defensive line is missing Elvis Dumervil (not to mention Derek Wolfe and Robert Ayers, who both sat out practice today). And special teams so far are a bummer.
And… it’s only Aug. 26.
But that offense. Goodness, that offense.
I still contend Denver has never had anything quite like this offense.
Will it be as balanced as the John Elway/Terrell Davis/dominant offensive line juggernaut witnessed in the Super Bowl years? I don’t think so. That’s not what I mean by never had anything like it.
I don’t think we’ve seen anything like it, because I don’t think we’ve seen a passing game as dynamic as this one.
I’ve written a few times that I believe the franchise scoring record of 31.3 points per game is in danger. The Broncos last season averaged 30.06 points, and the additions of Wes Welker and Julius Thomas, combined with Manning’s full health and comfortability, figure to increase that scoring number.
Nothing we’ve seen in the preseason, with the first-team offense, should change that opinion. On Saturday against the Rams, Peyton Manning moved the offense 290 yards… in the first half. In the first half, the Broncos also ran 49 plays, an astounding number, considering the Patriots ran 89 plays, in a full game, with their fast-break offense at Mile High a year ago.
The Broncos offense did what just about whatever it wanted.
I expect that will happen often, and it’s why I think this offense will make these Broncos a Super Bowl contender regardless of what happens on defense.
And Manning carried teams with the 18th-ranked defense and the 21st-ranked defense to Super Bowls.
Turnovers are a problem, a correctable problem. Today at Dove Valley (above), rookie running back Montee Ball was promoted to the first-team offense. Ronnie Hillman ran with the second-team, Knowshon Moreno with the third.
That’s one way to correct the problem, the Broncos hope.
But for all the concerns surfacing (very) early, the offense looks as powerful as anyone could have anticipated, if not more so.
Actually, it looks like nothing Denver’s had before.