Denver won the Super Bowl last-place season despite Peyton Manning but they could have even worse difficulties at quarterback this time around
Will the lack of a quarterback send the Broncos from first to worst ?
Possibly no Super Bowl champion has had a shorter honeymoon than the Broncos, who were blindsided by the retirement of their quarterback of the future, Brock Osweiler. While they knew Peyton Manning was perhaps leaving they expected Osweiler who won several recreations in Mannings absence would keep the offense stable and allow the tournaments excellent protection to make another Super Bowl run.
But now that Osweiler is in Houston the Broncos have the problem of matching their nobility security behind an inexperienced quarterback. That is if they can find a quarterback. Their post-world championship training camp has been dedicated to finding the next Osweiler, which isnt the style you want to set out on another Super Bowl lope. For now they are going with low-spirited 2015 sketch picking Trevor Siemian over this springs No1 collect Paxton Lynch the experienced Mark Sanchez has left for the Cowboys.
The quarterback situation makes the pressure will be on the security to be even better and make even more turnovers, if that is possible. They will be built, again, around Von Miller who they sided $70 m pledged to lead everything, even as they seem to harbour concerns about Millers maturity. They still have any number of elite pass rushers along with the indulgence of three top-level cornerbacks. This protection can be great. But can it be enough to withstand the growing aches of Siemian or Lynch? That may be a lot to question.
Can Andy Reid eventually make it back to the Super Bowl ?
Only once in all his years of running the Philadelphia Eagles did Kansas City coach Andy Reid go to a Super Bowl. The develop was a 24 -2 1 overcome to the New England Patriots that no doubt bites to this day. Once again, Reid is in charge of a talented team with the health risks to go deep in the postseason. But can he push the Chiefs through January? Can he even get them to prevail their discord?
This Kansas City team are a classic Reid club. They have a solid, although not elite, quarterback in Alex Smith who is a statistical equate of the NFLs top passers but nonetheless falls exactly short of their metrics. They also have skilled playmakers like Jeremy Maclin and Jamaal Charles and an ability to put up details. Just like Reids Eagles, these Premiers have pestered and hitherto descended short.
Ultimately it might be their security that takes them to the top. That is a bit of an incongruity for Reid who is solidly an offensive manager. The biggest key to Kansas Citys success is pass rusher Justin Houston who tore his ACL last wintertime and hopes to be on the field by midseason. If the Chiefs can get Houston back with eight competitions to participate and he can be the dominant pursuer of quarterbacks, he and Derrick Johnson could secure a security that they are able to at least complement Kansas Citys offense and maybe finally let the Chiefs win big.
Are the Chargers going to make one last-place stand in San Diego ?
After 55 times in San Diego, the Chargers may have reached the end of their time in the city. A referendum on a brand-new downtown stadium tower toward the end of this season, and if the voting rights neglects the Chargers will move to Los Angeles which is where they started in 1960. So in this year of indecision, the Chargers will try to not do what they have done for decades and thwart. If they do depart, they will leave San Diego having never triumphed a Super Bowl despite fielding innumerable squads that had capacities necessary to do so.
Last years crew seemed to have the aptitude to acquire the fraction; instead they finished 4-12 with almost all those demolishes coming by less than a touchdown. This seasons crew is also knack. Quarterback Philip Rivers never gets the credit he deserves. Close-fisted intent Antonio Gates is 36 but still effective and receiver Keenan Allen is back after missing half of last season. The Chargers brought in the brilliant Ken Whisenhunt to led the offense and that could help as will an improved offensive text. Will that facilitate 2015 s top draft collect, Melvin Gordon, grow the player San Diego reckoned rather than the disappointment of last-place season. But will it work out? That ever seems to be the question with the Chargers.
If the offense can find ways to score the Chargers can get off to a huge start because defensively they are solid. Cornerback Jason Verrett has blossomed into a idol and the adds-on of Brandon Mebane and Dwight Lowery might help. The overall ability is there for San Diego to prevail the AFC West and even make a Super Bowl flow, but you are able say that for most of the last 15 years. Will this be its first year that changes? The long holdout of crown draft select Joey Bosa isnt a good start. The voters are watching. Never have the Chargers needed to be great, especially since this season is about the fight to stay in San Diego.
How good can the Raiders be ?
Slowly the Oakland Raiders have remade themselves in a manner that is unfamiliar to those who watched Raiders rebuilds under Al Davis. In other paroles, they have put together a solid base of young actors and give them originate. Now arises the year where it should start be paid by in wins. There are great clues: Derek Carr as the potential to be a top quarterback in the conference, but only if he stops hurling so many irresponsible elapses. Amari Cooper is one of best available young receivers in the NFL but he has another level to reaching. Michael Crabtree can still be a receiving threat and the running game is solid.
The biggest questions are on protection, which is something that the Thief tried to address in the offseason. Last-place time Oakland gave up an average of 25 details video games, an unacceptable anatomy for any team trying to make a playoff extend. They made some excellent signs in get Kansas City cornerback Sean Smith and putting him along with David Amerson who played well last year. They included pass rusher Bruce Irvin to go with the outstanding Khalil Mack and signed Reggie Nelson to play security and hope that top draft select Karl Joseph can be the difference-maker they think he is.
These are all strong moves on paper and speak to a team that is going forward after several ruinous times. If the high expectations is that Carr and Cooper will continue to get better the improved justification could push the Raiders to the top of the AFC West perhaps for several years to come. And 3 years ago who would have is hoping that?
1) Kansas City
2) San Diego