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Elway hopes playoff loss propels Broncos

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In 1996, the Broncos lost at home in the playoffs to the Jaguars, squandering the top seed in the AFC.  Sixteen years later, it happened again, this time to the Ravens.

The quarterback of the team that lost to Jacksonville now runs the front office in Denver, and he hopes that the Broncos recover from the disappointment now the same way they did then.

According to the Associated Press, Elway compared the game that ultimately sparked a pair of NFL titles to last year’s double-overtime loss to Baltimore during a keynote address at an event held Wednesday by the National Sports Center for the Disabled at Sports Authority Field.

“[B]elieve me, that’s what I’m praying that we’re going to do these next two, three, four years is to use last year and be able to get over the hump and get to the Super Bowl and be able to win it,” Elway said.

This year, Elway has a quarterback whose arm is stronger as Peyton Manning is farther removed from a quartet of neck surgeries.  And with Wes Welker joining a group of wideouts that includes Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, and newcomer Wes Welker, Elway said he’s “truly jealous of the weapons that Peyton gets to throw to.”

On the other side of the ball, defensive end Elvis Dumervil is now long gone and linebacker Von Miller may be, too, for the first four games of the season.

“Hopefully everything goes good with Von Miller, we’ll know about that coming up,” Elway said, regarding the appeal of Miller’s four-game suspension for violating a still-unspecified policy.  “But I watch him in practice every single day and I will tell you there’s not a more talented football player on offense or defense that I’ve ever seen than Von Miller.”

Still, the most important player is Manning.  If he’s ever better this year, the Broncos could be very hard to beat — during the regular season, in January, or in February.

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49 Responses to “Elway hopes playoff loss propels Broncos”
  1. silverandblackfan77 says: Aug 7, 2013 8:16 PM

    Peyton could use Eli’s clutch DNA instead of sharing the regular kind

  2. heisthejuan says: Aug 7, 2013 8:29 PM

    Manning can’t throw anymore.

  3. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 7, 2013 8:29 PM

    if yr in a outside cold game, not sure u can count on peyton as much as a dome game in jan.

  4. smartstickhotness says: Aug 7, 2013 8:35 PM

    he can hope all he wants but it is not gonna happen. During the championship round Manning will be rapping and watching football on his phone.

  5. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 7, 2013 8:37 PM

    If Elway had offspring with Sarah Jessica Parker they would be actual horses

  6. bmoreravens1012013 says: Aug 7, 2013 8:37 PM

    I constantly watch that game last year to the point its therapeutic. It was one of my greatest feelings watching sports. The only others were the superbowls my city has endured. Everytime I hear the Broncos talk about that loss , it makes me……wait for it…….smile. :-)

  7. tindeaux says: Aug 7, 2013 8:43 PM

    the broncos beeped up their team pretty good in the off season. Hopefully my chargers can pull an upset.

  8. datageek94 says: Aug 7, 2013 8:45 PM

    Worst safety play I’ve ever seen caused the playoff loss.

  9. blackdonnelly says: Aug 7, 2013 8:52 PM

    Honestly, the Donks’ offense looks loaded for bear. Their defense……I dunno. If they can’t get past the Ravens in week 1, there’s no hope.

  10. stairwayto7 says: Aug 7, 2013 8:55 PM

    Manning and Elway belong together..playoff chokers!

  11. kremis says: Aug 7, 2013 9:00 PM

    Tebow would have won that game!!!!

  12. ravensbob says: Aug 7, 2013 9:00 PM

    Manning is so done….

  13. taintedsaints2009 says: Aug 7, 2013 9:13 PM

    Did you watch that game last year? The broncos believed their hype. They didn’t think they were beatable. They were celebrating a win before the game started.

  14. mcwest1 says: Aug 7, 2013 9:19 PM

    >>>And with Wes Welker joining a group of wideouts that includes Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, and newcomer Wes Welker, Elway said he’s “truly jealous of the weapons that Peyton gets to throw to.”<<<

    2 Wes Welkers? Was Wes Welker cloned? No wonder Elway's jealous.

  15. germanstingray says: Aug 7, 2013 9:22 PM

    I believe that the Broncos team name is a slur against horse-faced persons. It is every bit as offensive as the N-word or the Redskins team name.

  16. jdphx says: Aug 7, 2013 9:24 PM

    And in a new report from the department of
    redundancy department…

    “And with Wes Welker joining a group of wideouts that includes Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, and newcomer Wes Welker”

  17. 1goodsport says: Aug 7, 2013 9:36 PM

    Elway letting the football world know that he is rallying the troops… the good is that elway is taking charge… the bad is that he has to rally the troops even before the first preseason game…

  18. pamiho32332013 says: Aug 7, 2013 9:37 PM

    The Broncos have a lot of talent and a lot to prove. That makes for a dangerous football squad.

  19. newcomer2013 says: Aug 7, 2013 9:52 PM

    If Manning is done why does he still scare you!

  20. jstreet1985 says: Aug 7, 2013 9:53 PM

    Man im so tired of hearing about the worst safety play ever ,would’ve been easier to hold off the ravens if manning wouldn’t have turned the ball over 3 times, and u guys got 2 special teams touchdowns, yea the safety is what sucked! SMH

  21. timothysykesdick says: Aug 7, 2013 9:53 PM

    “And with Wes Welker joining a group of wideouts that includes Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, and newcomer Wes Welker, Elway said he’s…”

    So Wes Welker is joining Wes Welker. Two of them on one team is awesome.

  22. abninf says: Aug 7, 2013 10:11 PM

    Super Bowl XLVIII Denver vs Dallas. Dallas wins.

  23. frankg2469 says: Aug 7, 2013 10:17 PM

    According to the article,Wes Welker has been cloned !!!! I wonder if they’re both gonna wear the same number ???

  24. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 7, 2013 10:19 PM

    Broncos put so much pressure on themselves last year. Their people were disrespectful of the Ravens, who they counted as an easy win. Now the pressure to come back is even worse. Ravens are going to toy with this nervous team, then rip them apart.

  25. rooneyruleblues says: Aug 7, 2013 10:42 PM

    I’m sure all those old timers like Champ and Manning are gonna be so much better with another year under their belt! Oh and losing one of the best LBs in football because you cant fax isnt gonna hurt either. Not sure what the fascination is with Denver, the city is a hole. So are the people.

  26. blackstrat says: Aug 7, 2013 10:45 PM

    ——

  27. poormanspoison says: Aug 7, 2013 11:42 PM

    Bahaha buncha jealous haters^

  28. mikes112291 says: Aug 8, 2013 12:06 AM

    Ravens will still kick Denver’s ass

  29. dickjagger says: Aug 8, 2013 12:08 AM

    The rational that Peyton Manning’s ARM will be stronger is ridiculous! I had surgery when I was 22 (ACL left knee) and at 34 it still lingers. The guy can still ball, but he’s getting old as well and that has just as much to do with the fact he doesn’t have the same velocity for the deep ball as his neck, although the neck thing definitely won’t help. I also agree with the guy who said Peyton could certainly use some of little bro’s clutch DNA.

  30. apkyletexas says: Aug 8, 2013 12:16 AM

    Sounds like the Broncos might be using wood-grain alcohol to propel the team this year.

  31. meegwell says: Aug 8, 2013 12:41 AM

    I didn’t know horses prayed. 8-8 at best, sorry Donkey fans…the hype is WAY over the top.

    You’re qb cant throw like he used to, and he isn’t in that same system for SO MANY years…as he was when he was great.

    Mr. Ed has been grasping at straws.

    Time has taken it’s toll on this stable of Donkeys.

    Rebuild in 1-3 years.

    Adios.

  32. meegwell says: Aug 8, 2013 12:42 AM

    your, not you’re….but you donk fans are familiar enough with mistakes…like betting your future on a soon-to-be-retired-due-to-neck-comlications qb.

  33. doubleogator says: Aug 8, 2013 7:23 AM

    Manning can get them to the big dance but he can’t win it…

  34. joetoronto says: Aug 8, 2013 7:43 AM

    Have another drink, John.

  35. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 8, 2013 8:09 AM

    Manning is so done….

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    Funny comment coming from a rat turd fan. I would be worried about your own sorry team.

  36. lioswinnextyear says: Aug 8, 2013 9:19 AM

    I’ve never seen such man love as this site has for Peyton. The Broncos are one hit to Manning from joining the Lie Downs at the bottom of the standings.

  37. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 8, 2013 9:32 AM

    Broncos should hope for a matchup with the Steelers, who they humiliated both with Tebow and Manning and against Roethlisbooger. Unfortunately, the Steelers were so awful last year, they’ll only play the Titans and Raiders, who also whipped them good and will do it again!

  38. somethingsmellsrotten says: Aug 8, 2013 9:44 AM

    Ain’t gonna happen horseface…the only way the Donkeys can win one is to cheat…ala 1998.

  39. jtbsteeler says: Aug 8, 2013 9:51 AM

    Breaking News – Terrel Owens(or any Jumpball receiving specialist) signs with the Baltimore Ravens -August 9th, 2013

  40. itsfootballbaby says: Aug 8, 2013 10:02 AM

    Yeah, Manning will be fine until the temperature drops below 40 degrees, then see how far he can throw. He didn’t get a throw past 15 yards in the playoffs last year.

  41. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 8, 2013 10:38 AM

    Broncos should hope for a matchup with the Steelers, who they humiliated both with Tebow and Manning and against Roethlisbooger. Unfortunately, the Steelers were so awful last year, they’ll only play the Titans and Raiders, who also whipped them good and will do it again!

    I guess you would know humiliation there skippy having been Batch slapped at home. You can rest easy this year because Charlie’s not on the team,but hey watch out for Mr Jones .

  42. barbasol11111111 says: Aug 8, 2013 12:04 PM

    Too bad manning won’t have Terrell Davis there to carry him like he did for elway

  43. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 8, 2013 2:57 PM

    I guess you would know humiliation there skippy having been Batch slapped at home. You can rest easy this year because Charlie’s not on the team,but hey watch out for Mr Jones .

    Hey, Steeler troll, who is Mr. Jones? Oh, I know! That’s the name Roethlisbooger gives when he wants to borrow the restroom key.

  44. rottenbellybutton says: Aug 8, 2013 4:49 PM

    Steeler fans constantly mentioning the Batch win is an insult to their “elite” starting qb. It seems he lost the ability to beat the ravens recently. Is ben gonna take his losses like a man this year or watch from the sidelines with some phantom injury? I hope he plays cause Gradkowski or Jones may actually manage the game and pull out a lucky win like Charlie did.

  45. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 8, 2013 5:10 PM

    Hey, Steeler troll, who is Mr. Jones? Oh, I know! That’s the name Roethlisbooger gives when he wants to borrow the restroom key.

    Surely as a man of many aliases you would recognize Landry Jones ……but I guess when you have had so many aliases you get confused. Gee, I thought the president of the raven trolling club would be a little smarter.

  46. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 8, 2013 5:48 PM

    Steeler fans constantly mentioning the Batch win is an insult to their “elite” starting qb. It seems he lost the ability to beat the ravens recently. Is ben gonna take his losses like a man this year or watch from the sidelines with some phantom injury? I hope he plays cause Gradkowski or Jones may actually manage the game and pull out a lucky win like Charlie did.

    Funny, a raven fan using the “luck” word. Does 4thand29 with a very generous spot ring a bell? Nah,….didn’t think so. You had some luck…and made the most of it…be humble…if you know what it means.

  47. rottenbellybutton says: Aug 8, 2013 6:27 PM

    Will you define humble Pvt. Intellectual? I’m almost certain it’s the opposite of constantly reminding everyone of 6 rings. When you decide to practice what you PREACH, we’ll follow your lead. By the way, is continuing to bring up getting “batch slapped” being humble skippy?

  48. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 8, 2013 9:31 PM

    Looks like the Steeler troll is getting batch slapped himself. Slapped by a BATCH of dedicated Ravens’ fans who don’t take kindly to a spineless little troll making trouble just to get attention. We are the world champions, little troll. Don’t forget it!

  49. whysteelwhenucanbmore says: Aug 11, 2013 1:24 AM

    Zero disrespect intended for broncos fans, but if you’re going to complain about rahins blown coverage, maybe think about the ravens blown coverage on TWO kick returns. It shouldn’t even have come to that.

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