It probably comes as no surprise to you to learn that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning generated the most attention at Broncos Media Day on Tuesday.
Somewhere behind the scrum waiting to hear from Manning were members of the Broncos defense, a group that hasn’t gotten nearly as much attention as Manning and the offense even after they picked up their game in the final weeks of the regular season and playoffs. Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton said that he felt the the defensive resurgence began with a team meeting after the Week 15 loss to the Chargers.
“The whole defense got together after the game, huddled up and guys just said how they felt about how we were playing and that it was about that time we step up and peak at the right time,” Knighton said. “I told everybody how I felt … you can’t just show up in the playoffs and start playing well.”
Linebacker Wesley Woodyard said that every loss teaches you something about yourself as a team and as a player. For linebacker Danny Trevathan, the lesson was that the defense couldn’t leave all of the pressure on the offense to bail them out.
And that’s just what’s happened. After allowing more than 26 points per game over the first 14 games of the season, the Broncos have allowed just 15 points a game over their last four as they’ve advanced to Super Bowl XLVIII. More of the same this Sunday will put the Broncos in good position to make it a sweep of the final five games.