The 2015 offseason rolls on. The Broncos kick off their 2nd week of OTAs later Monday, but while we wait, we thought we'd take a quick look at what's happening around the NFL blogosphere.
Peter King is stirring up the offseason with his 2015 power rankings, ranking the Denver Broncos 9th.
9. Denver (12-4). The Ryan Clady injury shows what a house of cards this offensive line was. (Of course, any team can say losing the left tackle is a crippler, and it is.) But when your quarterback is 39 and cannot roll out and escape the rush, it's triply important.
This wouldn't be so bad if he didn't have the Chiefs 4th and Vikings 6th, respectively.
Horse Tracks: Stadium implosion extravaganza
In 2002, the only home that the Denver Broncos had ever known were demolished. Mile High Stadium was another in a string of hallowed sports buildings that were being torn down to make way for new stadia (or stadium parking as is the case with old Mile High). Considering all the wonderful moments Broncos fans had there, I consider us lucky that the old gal went out the way she did. Most often these concrete testaments to the game's past are detonated and disappear in a cloud of smoke in a matter of seconds. Not so with Mile High. She was taken apart piece by piece allowing those in Denver to see her drift away a little at a time. It means a lot to old time Broncos fans that there's no video of it toppling forth upon itself in just a few seconds.
4. Kansas City (9-7). Two things must happen: making Justin Houston contractually happy and finding some answers in the passing game. I like most everything else about the Chiefs' ability to play in January. [...]
6. Minnesota (7-9). This is reliant on so many things. Adrian Peterson showing up number one. But finding a consistent pass-rush is key too, as is the continued maturity of Teddy Bridgewater. I pick the Vikes here because if you ask me for one rising team if two or three vital things go right, I'm picking Minnesota.
These are just some weird Power Rankings. King waxes optimistic on the Chiefs and Vikings, taking a sunshine-drenched best-possible-scenario approach to rank them among the top six teams in the NFL. Meanwhile, the Broncos are thought to be taking a step back because of questions on the offensive line.
Sure, those questions are legitimate, but if you're going to give teams led by Alex Smith and Teddy Bridgewater the benefit of the doubt, why wouldn't you do the same for a team led by Peyton Manning?
Where would you rank the Chiefs and Broncos at this point in the offseason?