When the Super Bowl mercifully concluded on February 7th, the 2020 NFL football season officially came to an end. To say that the Denver Broncos are toeing the abyss of irrelevancy in the NFL may be putting it too kindly. For the 5th year in a row, the Denver Broncos were not a good team.
This year, it is so important that new general manager George Paton hit the ground running. Free agency opens March 17th (with the 2-day tampering period beginning 48 hours prior). Rather than pretend that certain free agents are make or break “gets” for the team, I’m going to simply voice Broncos Country’s expectation that they get it right. It will be key to find those players that can immediately contribute, improving the team without breaking the bank. Also, water is wet.
When the Broncos begin to draft their 2021 class on April 29th, they will do so without an official scouting combine for the first time since the early 1980’s. I’m hopeful that the successes of the last few drafts will carry forward into this year. It is imperative that this trend continue.
Most importantly, however, the Broncos need to focus on conditioning. You can win free agency and the draft, but if injuries in 2021 continue on the unsettling trend from 2020, none of this will matter. It’s impossible to win games when a substantial percentage of the salary cap is convalescing in the training room. Them’s just facts.
In 2021, it’s not rocket science. The name of the game, as it always is, is to acquire the pieces that can help you most to win. Keeping them healthy is central to that mission. If fortunes are going to improve for Broncos Country, Denver needs to focus on these basic things in order to get it right. Failure to do so could mean another agonizing irrelevant Denver Broncos football season.
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