The Broncos season came to a disappointing end on Saturday night and owner Pat Bowlen said Monday that the loss to the Ravens is going to linger for a while.
Bowlen, making his first public comments since before the season, had plenty of praise for the work done by his team this season and said he got more than he expected out of quarterback Peyton Manning in his return to football after several neck surgeries. All of that is still tinged with frustration that won’t immediately wash away, however.
“I’m still ticked off. I’ll be ticked off for a month,” Bowlen said, via the Denver Post. “They’re tough to get over. Especially when you’re in that position and you have that opportunity.”
Barring any unforeseen developments this offseason, the Broncos will bring back the nucleus of this year’s team for the 2013 season. With the rest of the AFC West in varying stages of disarray, that should make them a strong contender to get back to the playoffs again next season. That won’t make any pain from Saturday easier to deal with in the short term, but it should allow the Broncos to smile again before too long.