Following a Super Bowl XLVIII defeat at the conclusion of The Road To MetLife Stadium, the Denver Broncos are still in the must-win-now mode, perhaps more than ever. After watching the Seattle Seahawks absolutely run circles around the Broncos in every single way, Denver knows that the time is still now, if they are to recapture the organization’s first Lombardi Trophy since the 1998 NFL season. The man responsible for consecutive Super Bowl championships back then was Broncos’ quarterback John Elway. While Peyton Manning is the man under center now, this Denver squad has Elway’s fingerprints all over it, as the Hall of Fame QB has been the Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the past three season. After a turnaround that has seen Denver go from 4-12 to 8-8 to a tough playoff loss to a Super Bowl blowout, the Broncos have rewarded Elway with a three-year contract extension that includes adding the title of General Manager to his job description.
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Elway has done an excellent job at making the Broncos a winner again, and it actually started the season before Manning arrived. Still, with many teams going hard after Manning – including the Seahawks – it was Elway who played the key role in convincing No. 18 to join the Broncos. It was a decision that has paid dividends, despite the loss at MetLife Stadium in Super Bowl XLVIII. With Denver being in a win-now mode, considering the age of Manning and others on the offensive side of the ball, Elway knows that he needs to continue to be aggressive in free agency and hit a few more home runs in the NFL Draft.
“Everyone says you want to win now,” said Elway at the Broncos’ press conference. “I say we want to win now on.”
With Manning possibly having a few more years left in his illustrious career, we could see Elway hoist the Lombardi Trophy once more for the Broncos. It will just come in a different role.
Perhaps, if Denver is able to win a Super Bowl, instead of team owner Pat Bowlen saying “This one’s for John,” it will be Elway who can say “This one’s for Peyton.” Or Pat. Or himself.
Either way, as long as they win, the Broncos’ faithful couldn’t care less about the speech at the end of a Super Bowl victory.
I hope that you have enjoyed the coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII as well as all of the story lines leading up to The Road To MetLife Stadium. Make sure to stay tuned to Boston Super Blog for more coverage and recaps as well as analysis of last night’s game in MetLife Stadium, as well as a look ahead to where the Broncos and Seahawks will go from here.
Finally, in case you have not yet seen the video of NFL players – both past and present – signing a collaborative version of the National Anthem, then what are you waiting for? I must admit that I went into it expecting to have some laughs, but these guys were pretty impressive. Current players such as Justin Tuck and Josh Brown of the New York Giants, Greg Jennings of the Minnesota Vikings and Nick Mangold of the New York Jets, as well as former stars including Emmitt Smith and Eddie George all got together to put out quite an impressive rendition of the National Anthem. If you have not yet seen it, make sure to check it out by clicking here.
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