Written by Ralph Uriarte
The Denver Broncos have had a roller coaster off-season since becoming Superbowl 50 champions, they have seen Peyton Manning retire and Brock Osweiler choose the Houston Texans over the Broncos, C.J. Anderson almost left to the Miami Dolphins, but Denver matched the deal at the last-minute. Denver has a new starting quarterback and his name is Mark Sanchez, the Philadelphia Eagles back up quarterback and former New York Jet, the man they call “Butt Fumble”. That is just everything that took place early in the off-season.
Broncos also drafted quarterback Paxton Lynch in the first round of the draft to be their back up quarterback. Lynch needs a lot of work and he is nowhere near NFL ready. What does that mean? Well Broncos fans it means Mark Sanchez is indeed the starter for at least one season, he is a very aggressive quarterback that can make big plays, but the biggest knock on him is his tendency to make bonehead plays such as this end zone interception last season versus Miami last season. Losing both of his two starts.
On the other side of the ball the Broncos have a very large contract issue with linebacker Von Miller who has said he will not play 2016 under the franchise tag and refuses to sign his tender. Denver submitted an offer of 114 million over 6 years with only 39.8 million guaranteed. Miller turned the deal down based on guaranteed money. The same week, Philadelphia Eagles give their defensive star Fletcher Cox a 103-million-dollar deal with 63 million guaranteed, that is the type of deal Miller wants and he will get it, if not from Denver, somebody else will pay him.
Now that brings us to Aqib Talib, who was shot at a Dallas nightclub and was released from the hospital the following day, he suffered a minor leg injury and is expected to make a full recovery. The bullet isn’t Talib’s problem, the gun is, rumor is that he either shot himself or was armed, both do not sit well with neither NFL nor the Broncos. The NFL is currently investigating the incident and the team has yet to announce their course of action, if any against Talib.
I do not see the Broncos repeating as Superbowl champion, I don’t even see them in the playoffs, even IF Miller signs and IF Talib is found innocent, you still have Mark Sanchez as a quarterback, how did Elway ever this that was going to work?
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
The chiefs finished the year at 11-5 last season coming back from what everyone was sure a death-blow losing Jamaal Charles, but the team fought back and finished strong, unfortunately they lost to the New England Patriots in the playoffs.
The team had a change at offensive coordinator with Doug Pederson leaving to become head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Brad Childress has stepped into the role. The Chiefs continue to possess a top 10 defense lead by linebacker Justin Houston, the team finished 9th overall in points allowed per game with 17.9. Chiefs defensive end Mike Devito called it quits and retired, but the defense is still explosive, especially with the addition of 1st round pick Chris Jones who will be groomed to take over if Dontari Poe leaves the team next year in free agency. One trouble spot is safety Eric Berry who is currently in a contract hold out and will not attend mandatory mini-camp, he will not be fined though since he has not signed his franchise tender.
The offense is led by veteran quarterback Alex Smith who threw for nearly 3500 yards with 20 touchdowns against 7 interceptions, the workhorse Jamaal Charles only player 5 games before he was injured handing the reigns over to Charchandrick West who took the bulk of the carries. The real bread and butter duo on this offense is tight end Travis Kelce, who finished with 875 yards and 5 touchdowns and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin who finished with 8 touchdowns and 1088 yards.
The Chiefs expect Jamaal Charles to make a full recovery by the start of the season and make a return to the team, what happens between now and July 15th with Eric Berry will be a large part of how this season shapes up in the end.