Since winning Super Bowl 50 and bidding farewell to one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time in Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos have mired in mediocrity. Three straight seasons have resulted in not a single playoff berth. Part of the problem is an offense that has become anemic at best. Denver has not finished higher than 22nd in points per game in the past three seasons. Total yards per game is the same story. The Broncos have not finished higher than 17th.
With a poor offense bringing holding them down, Broncos president of football operations/general manager John Elway and his staff have worked hard this offseason to accumulate the talent necessary to infuse some life into it. Elway also used the 2019 NFL draft to acquire more offensive talent spending the Broncos first three picks there. Will Elway's hard work pay off?
Offseason Free Agency
Elway and the Broncos have been searching for a quarterback ever since Manning announced his retirement following the Super Bowl 50 victory. Brock Osweiler, Paxton Lynch, Trevor Siemian, and Case Keenum have all failed the test. Elway went out and got an established veteran in former Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco. A Super Bowl champion himself, Flacco should fit perfectly into the Broncos West Coast offense.
The Broncos also made Ja'Waun James the highest paid right tackle in the league. The former first round pick out of Tennessee should bolster an offensive line that will have a new coach in veteran Mike Munchak. In addition to Munchak, the offense has a new coordinator in Rich Scangarello. The Broncos will run a more updated version of the West Coast offense similar to what Scangarello ran in San Francisco with head coach Kyle Shanahan.
The NFL Draft
Denver used the draft to upgrade the offense as well using their first pick on Iowa tight end Noah Fant. The 6-foot-5-inch Fant brings the Broncos something they haven't had at the position in a long time - a mismatch. Fant is big, athletic, and runs the 40 in 4.5. Scangarello will find ways to use Fant's skill set.
Kansas State offensive lineman Dalton Risner was taken in the second round and should be a Day 1 starter for Denver. Risner is extremely versatile and could play center if needed. He will likely bump inside to a guard and along with James give the Broncos a strength on the offensive line.
Elway also spent a second round pick on another quarterback. This time, it was former Missouri four-year starter Drew Lock. With Flacco as the bridge, Elway believes Lock could develop into the franchise quarterback that he has been searching for.
All of these pieces should result in some changes for the Denver offense. Anything will be better than the last two seasons.