Replacing a Hall of Fame quarterback is rarely without its bumps, and the Broncos learned that once again in the first two years after Peyton Manning’s retirement.
While the defense that propelled them to a Super Bowl 50 win remained mostly intact and ranked among the league leaders in 2016 and 2017, the offense struggled with shuffling and inconsistency.
Defensive standouts like Von Miller, Chris Harris Jr., Darian Stewart, Derek Wolfe and Brandon Marshall continued to shape the identity of the team. But they couldn’t handle the load on their own, so in 2018, the Broncos turned to veteran quarterback Case Keenum, fresh off a career-making season with the Minnesota Vikings.
Between Keenum and head coach Vance Joseph, who replaced Gary Kubiak when he retired from coaching for health reasons after the 2016 season, the Broncos’ new era could be defined by whether that tandem can deliver a return to postseason contention in 2018 and beyond.