Happy Wednesday, Broncos Country!
Power rankings are often seen as a feeble, mindless endeavor. Pure prognostication based on knee-jerk reactions and hasty opinions pertaining to the potentiality of free agent acquisitions and roster additions over the course of the spring time. Many fans across the depths of the Internet feel the same way about mock drafts done a year in advance of the event taking place, but I still find some usefulness in both as they provide a good area of discussion — especially during the tranquil lull of the NFL offseason.
ESPN analysts John Clayton, Louis Riddick and Mike Sando recently released their future power rankings for NFL franchises and their expected efficacy over the next three seasons. Ranked on a scale of 0-100, teams were critiqued on avenues regarding their coaching staff, drafting abilities and front office, specifically the ability to re-sign and retain quality players.
In their analysis, the Broncos ranked 14th out of the 32 teams in the NFL, signifying a ten spot tumble from a similar analysis the year prior. This placement ranks them above their division rival the Oakland Raiders, but below the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers, who have added some firepower to their teams via free agency and the NFL Draft. The reasoning for such a fall from grace comes primarily from two points. First, the eventual (and likely soon) ending of the Peyton Manning era in Denver will be a source of consternation for the franchise. Second, that the team has allowed many of their best-drafted players over the past few seasons to walk in free agency.
DeMarcus Ware is ready to create havoc
•Mile High ReportBreaking down the Denver Broncos 2015 90-man roster, one player, one post, one day (roughly) at a time. Today we keep the football rolling looking at outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware.
Memory Lane Monday: The Denver Browncos
•Mile High ReportIn 2005, the Denver Broncos defense underwent one of the precarious changes in franchise history by adding a quartet of former Cleveland Browns players dubbed as the "Browncos" to their defensive front four. A decade later, MHR writer Christopher Hart reflects upon a series of moves that was considered laughable, but wasn't a terrible endeavor for the franchise.
The future forecast for the Broncos offered above differs starkly from the expectations of this season, but concerns about their ability to compete have also been echoed by NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, who believes that Denver's window to hoist a Lombardi ends whenever Manning calls it quits. There is little doubt that the team will endure some turbulent times the eventual changing of the guard at quarterback.
The question of who leads the Broncos into battle on the gridiron after Manning is still one that hasn't been answered, but my gut tells me that player currently is not on our roster. It is a valid point of contention when discussing how formidable the franchise can be long-term and hopefully one that gets answered sooner than later.
Furthermore, I do share the concerns about the teams ability to find, develop and retain homegrown talent, which was a topic of discussion posed back in March. Unquestionably, if the Broncos want to be successful down the road, they can't afford to lose Demaryius Thomas or have impact defenders like Von Miller and Malik Jackson walk away in free agency after the 2015. When John Elway took over for the Broncos, the roster wasn't in complete disarray and through a serious of quality maneuvers (mostly via free agency) he was able to put a competitive squad on the field that has soared to four straight division titles.
Alas, where there is a will, there is a way. I fully expect Elway to continue his reign as one of the league's best front office executives and do whatever is necessary for our beloved franchise amongst the tops in the NFL for years to come.
Projecting production: Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas
Stats don't tell the whole story in football, but the best players in the game typically post the best numbers.
C.J. Anderson preparing for camp with same approach, new mindset
C.J. Anderson will enter camp with the same after having prepared the same way he always does, but this year the top RB spot is his to lose, making for a different mindset.
Rival Report: The Denver Broncos | San Diego Chargers
We take a look around the AFC West with what you need to know about each of our rivals heading into 2015.
AFC West Q&A: Who's the Denver Broncos' biggest threat? - Kansas City Chiefs Blog - ESPN
Which team among the Chiefs, Chargers and Raiders has the best chance of dethroning the Broncos and winning the AFC West?
NFL exec Troy Vincent criticizes the players’ union for suing the league so often (updated) - The Washington Post
Vincent's comments were quickly called out for being hypocritical by various media members and football fans.
Los Angeles Presents NFL Many Options - Forbes
In the dead of the offseason, a long 72 days separate NFL fans from opening kickoff. The city of Los Angeles has been waiting much longer. For the past 20 years, no NFL franchise has called L.A. home.
Six players likely to disappoint in 2015 - NFL.com
Fluffy offseason reports tell us that every NFL player is bigger, faster and smarter than ever before, but don't believe the hype! Which players are bound to underwhelm this season?
Isaiah Battle to 'definitely' earn interest in NFL's Supplemental Draft - CBSSports.com
Clemson's loss will be the NFL's gain, according to one high-ranking scout who is confident that some club will be willing to invest a pick during July's Supplemental Draft on the 6-foot-6, 290 pound left tackle, who is opting to leave school early due to family obligations.
Should Kansas City Chiefs use a pick in the 2015 Supplemental Draft? - Arrowhead Pride
It's the "second" draft and it includes a notable player.
Top 10: Oakland Raiders Offseason Moves
The Silver and Black have been busy this offseason, making a plethora of moves both on and off the field in an effort to ensure quality results in 2015 and beyond.
Brett Favre thinks he could still play in the NFL at age 45
Even now, at age 45, former Packers quarterback Brett Favre still thinks he could function at a high level in the game.