If you haven't seen the list of Free Agents (restricted and unrestricted) for this coming year - well, you're just simply not living! While I'm super pumped about being in the Playoffs, I couldn't help but think about what this team needs to get even better next year.
And honestly, I haven't given up hope that we have a chance to make it all the way to the SB. Hey, it's possible - doesn't mean it has to be probable (drinkin dat cool-aid). That said, I like our chances of making it to the SB over San Diego, Oakland and KC!!!
Anyway, the biggest eye sore for our current team in my opinion is the passing game. The passing piece of the offense has a lot of complex components to it, far beyond just the players themselves. I'm not looking to address, or blame, any of the components we have as though they are the 'primary reason' for the suckiness we've encountered (QB, OC, O-Line, WRs, TEs, Scheme, Etc). It is truly a 'team effort' so to speak in my opinion, haha.
That said, every Super Bowl team has an outstanding skilled player/weapon in the passing game... at least one.
John Fox's Super Bowl Team from the 2003 season was known for a few things: 1. A stout defense and 2. a great rushing attack. What most people fail to acknowledge however is the presence of a deadly receiving threat which makes all the difference for the "Fox-Ball offense..."
STEVE SMITH - Wide Receiver Extraordinaire!
Smith finished the season with 88 receptions, 1,110 yards and 7 TDs.
That said, I believe Elway and Fox will stay true to their motto and draft DEFENSE in this year's draft. I don't expect to see them spend any valuable picks on a receiver for our future QB of 2012 (Tebow or otherwise - my vote, Tebow).
However, it is plausible that they could make a move for a high-profile FA wide receiver or tight end. Here is a short list of some 'possibly' available FAs coming next year. Who should the Broncos make a play for, if any?
1. WR - Mike Wallace. 72 Receptions, 1,193 Yards, 8 TDs, 16.6 AVG. (Steelers)
2. TE - Jermichael Finley. 55 Receptions, 767 Yards, 8 TDs, 13.9 AVG. (Packers)
3. WR - Wes Welker. 122 Receptions, 1,569 Yards, 9 TDs, 12.9 AVG. (Patriots)
4. WR - Dwayne Bowe. 81 Receptions , 1,159 Yards, 5 TDs, 14.3 AVG. (Chiefs)
5. TE - Vincent Jackson. 60 Receptions, 1,106 Yards, 9 TDs, 18.4 AVG. (Chargers)
6. WR - Marques Colston. 80 Receptions, 1,143 Yards, 8 TDs, 14.3 AVG. (Saints)
7. WR - Reggie Wayne. 75 Receptions, 960 Yards, 4 TDs, 12.8 AVG. (Colts)
8. WR - Steve Johnson. 76 Receptions, 1,004 Yards, 7 TDs, 13.2 AVg. (Bills)