Broncos’ off-Season: Should Denver Fans be Optimistic?

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CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 13: KJ Hamler (13) of the Denver Broncos watches as a touchdown pass floats to him as Jerry Jeudy (10) signals the touchdown before the ball drops during the second half of Denver's 32-27 win over the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, December 13, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos’ off-season will be a challenging one after a rough year for the team. It started with Von Miller and Courtland Sutton getting hurt before the season started, and ends with yet another trip home in January. Now with 2020 thankfully winding down to an end, it’s time for fans to turn their attention to the Broncos’ off-season plans. The 2021 season will hopefully be a major turnaround for Denver, but it all starts off the field.

Broncos’ off-Season Plan: Get Young Players Going

Denver has added some amazing talent in the 2020 NFL Draft. They picked two solid receivers in Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler, a steal in CB Michael Ojemudia, and another speedy TE with Albert Okweugbunam. With each rookie gaining a year of NFL experience and with Sutton due to return, this will be a much better team. They may not be challenging Kansas City for the division, but can certainly contend for a wild-card spot all year long. This is as long as they can get the QB situation right, and that is a big “if”.

Is Drew Lock the Answer?

After the 2020 season, Denver will have to decide the future of their starting quarterback position. Do they continue with Drew Lock, or do they draft a first-round QB to challenge him? Would they rather trade for Sam Darnold or Matt Ryan instead? These are all questions that GM John Elway will have to answer, and it may be the last time he has to do so. Elway has failed to put together a winning team ever since Peyton Manning left and has thoroughly unimpressed most in the league with his ability to pick coaches and quarterbacks. That is a dangerous mix to be playing with and Elway is surely on the hot seat because of it.

Back to Winning

If Denver can get the right combination of the two things that were mentioned: Figure out the QB situation and develop the young players, then Broncos fans have nothing to worry about. If all the growing pains are done in the Broncos’ off-season, then they should be back to winning. If the growing pains happen during the season, however, then this could be the end of Elway and head coach Vic Fangio’s times in Denver.

The Broncos have built a strong winning culture and do not want to risk losing it to mediocrity. They have had a few rough years, mostly trying to find a QB, but this might be the end of their rebuilding process. It also might be just the beginning.

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