Every Superbowl winning team is unique, some have resilient quarterbacks (Eli Manning), some have prolific passers (Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees) and others have stifling defenses (2001 Ravens). But when was the last time a team with a truly dominant running game won the Superbowl?
The 2000 St. Louis Rams with Marshall Faulk? Our Broncos with Terrell Davis? You can make the argument that a dominant running game no longer wins championships, but it is still a key position on all championship teams. The threat of the run game can open up many offensive opportunities and the pass protection a good back can provide to the quarterback is invaluable.
Next season, the Broncos top two backs will have major question marks surrounding them, if they are even still on the team. Both Willis Mcgahee and Knowshon Moreno are returning from injury. Next in line, Ronnie Hillman and Lance Ball are both terrible at pass protection, which is one of the key pieces of a running back in a Peyton Manning led offense. When Hillman and pass protection are in the same sentence, I can’t get images of Ronnie getting blown up by opposing defenses out of my head.
This offseason Elway and the Broncos need to address the running game as their top priority. The Broncos need a big, solid back who can grind out yards while also providing Manning the protection needed. The Broncos don’t need the best running game in the league to get another championship, but it desperately needs an upgrade.
Who should the Broncos be targeting for running back?