Yes. And yes.
This column is from the final preseason game of the 2013 season. Despite fighting a knee injury and his limited carries in the preseason, I thought Knowshon Moreno should be the No. 1 tailback for the Broncos. Protecting Peyton Manning was the top priority, and Moreno had proven to be their best option in pass protection.
The Broncos made the right choice then.
The Broncos made the right choice now, too. Moreno is gone to Miami, and he should do well there, especially if the reality-TV folks realize this fine opportunity to film Knowshon’s season on South Beach.
And the Broncos will be fine without him. Moreno last season exceeded 1,ooo rushing yards, the high-water mark for his five seasons in Denver.
But with a passing game like the Broncos’ — when the defense often was forced into a six-man front — those numbers could’ve/should’ve/would’ve been better with a more explosive back. Maybe, once he can focus on dodging tacklers instead of smothering the ball like a loose diamond, Montee Ball develops into that guy. But it didn’t make sense to unload $3 million on a running back when a comparable running back is already is on the roster.
The Knowshon Era is over. There will be fewer pregame tears (above), but the Broncos shouldn’t suffer.