As the Denver Broncos took The Road To MetLife Stadium, they did so behind the arm of quarterback Peyton Manning and his record-breaking 55 touchdown passes last season. After breaking countless records on offense, the Broncos were able to reach Super Bowl XLVIII in MetLife Stadium, where they ultimately fell to the Seattle Seahawks. But, while Manning was certainly off of his game in the Super Bowl loss, the ground game was almost nonexistent. While Knowshon Moreno had a huge bounceback season and Montee Ball improving as the season progressed, both backs struggled to get things going late in the postseason. Do not get me wrong, as I am certainly not blaming Moreno or Ball or Manning for the Broncos’ loss in MetLife Stadium in Super Bowl XLVIII. It was a collective team effort, as the Seahawks flew past Denver in each and every aspect of the game. Still, that is not stopping Ball from saying that he expects to play a “huge role” in the Broncos’ offense in 2014, leading many to ponder the question of whether or not Moreno will be back with Denver next season.
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Moreno is a free agent, and many expect that the Broncos will let him test the free agent market. After listening to Ball, it sounds to me as if Moreno and the Broncos will almost definitely part ways this offseason.
“I’m going to play a huge role in next year’s success,” Ball told Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post, “and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Ball added that he has “no idea” whether or not Moreno will be back in the Denver backfield next season. All we know is that as the season progressed, the rookie from Wisconsin proved to be capable starting running back, as he averaged more than a yard and a half more per carry than Moreno over the final six weeks of the regular season, all they way through Super Bowl XLVIII.
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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