The Denver Broncos made an improbable run to a Super Bowl victory last season over the Carolina Panthers. It was an amazing season for them, although it was full of drama and doubts. At the end of the day, no one can take their championship win away.
Peyton Manning decided to ride off into the sunset following the Broncos’ Super Bowl win and retire with one of the best careers that a quarterback has ever had. Brock Osweiler also decided to leave town, but he chose to sign with the Houston Texans. Now, the Broncos have a major question mark at the quarterback position.
Mark Sanchez was signed in free agency to bring a veteran presence to the position, while the Broncos also drafted Paxton Lynch. Either quarterback could start, and there will be an option competition for the job.
John Elway has done his best to put together a contender, but the AFC West won’t be easy this season. Oakland has taken a big step forward, while both the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers have put together decent rosters.
All of that being said, what five questions do the Denver Broncos need to answer heading into 2016 NFL training camp?
Will Paxton Lynch Or Mark Sanchez Be The Starting Quarterback?
Obviously the first question that needs to be answered is which quarterback will end up starting. Both Lynch and Sanchez have the talent to start, but the Broncos will have to make a decision based on a couple of things. Who works best for them this season is the first, but they will also have to decide if they want to develop Lynch and let him play to improve their future.
Can C.J. Anderson Step Up Consistently?
C.J. Anderson has the potential to be one of the best running backs in the NFL each and every season. Looking ahead to the 2016 season, he will need to take pressure off of whoever the starting quarterback is. Anderson is one of the main keys for the Broncos this season and will need to seize the opportunity.
Can The Pass Rush Continue Firing On All Cylinders?
Last season, the Broncos finished No. 1 in the NFL in sacks with 52.0 total. They had one of the most lethal pass rushes that the league has seen in recent history and they need that to continue this season. If they get the same kind of pressure on opposing quarterbacks, it will take a lot of pressure off of the offensive unit.
Who Will Replace Danny Trevathan?
After Danny Trevathan signed with the Chicago Bears this offseason, there seems to be a hole in the Broncos’ linebacker corps. Someone will have to prove that they are capable of replacing him. It certainly will not be easy to replace his production in the middle of the defense, but the Broncos have some very talented young players that will compete hard to do so.
Will Von Miller Take Yet Another Step Forward?
There is no denying that Von Miller has the potential to be one of the best pass rushers that the NFL has ever seen. He was rewarded with a six-year, $114.5 million contract and will be expected to play up to his full potential each and every week. Miller must improve on his 11.0 sack total in the regular season last year and needs to get that number up to around 20 to take the next step.
Do you think the Denver Broncos are still serious playoff contenders after the offseason that they had? Who do you think will end up being their starting quarterback? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below!
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