The 2007 season is in the books. It wasn’t the kind of year the Broncos wanted, and one can safely predict there will be changes.
It will be interesting to see what changes are made. Assuming there are some, one would expect the first ones would come to the coaching staff. Then beginning with free agency, the roster will be subject to microscopic evaluation.
I wish I could predict what will happen to the coaching staff. But I just don’t know what Coach Shanahan might or might not do. When a defense gives up 409 points, tied for the fourth most in Broncos’ history, it doesn’t take a genius to say that something has to get better.
At the same time, for as well as the Broncos moved the football, they didn’t do as well scoring points. So clearly the offense needs to make more strides, too.
I do think the Broncos have some good core players on offense. I am still a huge Jay Cutler fan, it is scary to think that Brandon Marshall can and will get even better, Tony Scheffler became a threat this year, Daniel Graham was a huge addition, Brandon Stokley is locked down to a three-year contract and the offensive line should get Tom Nalen back.
Yes, there are questions. Will Travis Henry or Javon Walker return? Can the Broncos again have a dominating running game? And going right to the bottom line, will they score more points?
On defense, the picture is less clear to me. If the Broncos decide to change defensive coordinators, they would have their third defensive coordinator in three years in 2008. If they don’t make a change, can familiarity with the system coupled with roster changes provide the needed improvement?
It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the weeks and months to come. When the offseason is here, all that we are left with is to follow the developments.
It won’t be long until the heat of summer brings another training camp and, along with it, the hope of another Super Bowl run.
Thank you so much for reading this blog all season long and thank you to those who have shared your thoughts. I have read all your comments and appreciate your taking time to write.
Enjoy the offseason…and the changes that are bound to come.
All the best,