Broncos view anything short of a championship as a disappointment

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Losing the Super Bowl left a bitter taste in the Broncos’ mouths.

That’s why, as Denver cornerback Chris Harris says, this year there’s no satisfaction with being the second-best team in the NFL. The Broncos view a championship as their only goal, and anything less as a disappointment.

“Guys know what’s at stake this year, at least they should — it’s Super Bowl or bust for us,” Harris told ESPN. “It means a lot for this team for all of us to come back and hit the ground running fast. Especially the young guys, if they weren’t paying attention at OTAs and minicamp, but to make this Broncos team this year, these cats on defense better be working out because Peyton Manning will make you look crazy.”

In a sense, that’s every team’s view: At this time of year, every team in the league is dreaming of hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy. But the Broncos may feel that urgency more than any other team. A great season last year ended with a terrible performance in the Super Bowl, and all of the Broncos’ offseason moves indicated that they’re trying to win now, while Manning is still the top quarterback in the league. Compared to most teams, the Broncos’ 2013 season was a success. But a repeat of last year would be viewed as a disappointment in Denver.

80 responses to “Broncos view anything short of a championship as a disappointment

  1. They won’t even win the West. SD will. The Seahawks exposed Manning in the Superbowl. He can’t throw it deep anymore accurately and if you swarm to the ball on those short routes and stop the yards after catch, then you eliminate his effectiveness. Mark my words, Denver is a 9-10 win football team in 2014.

  2. So do the Vikings trolls here on pft.

    No, let me reconsider — they regard it as an impossibility!

    🙂

  3. Peyton Manning is the greatest regular season QB of all time. He’s perfected the post season let down speech.

  4. They’ll have to be one of the Wild Card teams, because the RAIDERS are taking the West, this year and the next 10 years after that

  5. better be prepared for more disappointment then. You have to go back 40 plus years to find a team that won the Super Bowl after losing it the previous season.

  6. Won’t even win the AFC West. The 2014 version of the “dream team.” Between Denver and Oakland they’ve become the places where formerly good players get their last contract before fading from view

  7. They will struggle with both KC and SD this season, neverminding not being able to stay with a NE team whose D will benefit from getting 2 All-Pro type players back, in addition to tooling what is likely now the 2nd best backfield in the league. Doesn’t matter, Manning is the ultimate big-game choke artist regardless, and his aging noodle arm won’t help matters.

  8. .
    Denver plays a first place schedule.

    Their inter-conference draw is the NFC West.

    Their own divisional opponents appear to be improved.

    Based on those factors, the Broncos must travel a difficult road to the Super Bowl.
    .

  9. Just because Denver made it to the Superbowl last year doesn’t mean they were the 2nd best NFL team last year. The NFC Title Game saw the two best teams play. Denver didn’t lose the SB due to a poor performance, they lost because their opponent systematically dismantled everything they were trying to do. The only real difference this season is that Denver will have to face at least 4 defenses capable of doing the same thing to them before they even reach the playoffs. No first round bye & HFA this year.

  10. This is the Chargers’ year. The Broncos had their shot last season and gave us one heck of a boring super bowl. Without cheating the cap like they did for their last ring, it’s not gonna happen.

  11. Denver never deserved a Super Bowl just because they were the team that swooped in and paid Manning. He’s still the smartest QB in the game and accurate at short range, but the guy cant throw the ball 15 yards down the field anymore.

  12. They need to start lobbying for TWO Superbowls — one after the regular season and one after the playoffs. That is the only way PM wins again (Don’t forget his one and only one came as a result of some insane defense that occurred after the return of an oft-injured Safety)

  13. Maybe somebody ought to give tem a copy of last years Super Bowl if they want to “view” something.

  14. Typical response to getting blown out in the Super Bowl. Ever notice how setting offensive scoring and yardage records generally leads to a Super Bowl loss?

  15. To the guy that said we will go 9-10. First the regular season is 16 games, last I checked. Second your chargers are a GOOD team but anyone who knows the current state of the AFC knows there isn’t a defense that can beat us. Third Philip rivers is a good QB, not great, win some playoff games, get a couple of titles then you won’t sound so delusional

  16. Were they REALLY the second-best team in the NFL? Or just the team that represented the AFC?

  17. Hilarious that Charger and Chef fans think they’re threats.

    Chargers are mildly worrisome because Philip Rivers is a baller, but the playoff game wasn’t nearly as close as the score indicated. If Denver didn’t let off the throttle (and Eric Decker didn’t have, like, 9 bonehead plays), that game was a pure blowout right up with the Super Bowl. Geez, SD had -11 yards passing in the first half, against Denver’s wounded and decimated defense. They have no answer for Julius Thomas and it should be straight comical seeing J. Verett try to match-up DT. We already know Flowers can’t.

    The Chiefs lost something like 9 of their last 10 games and backed into the playoffs. They had a bad FA period and a bad draft. They don’t deserve mention in the same breath as Denver, and will probably finish behind Oakland– which is to say the sub-basement of the AFC West.

    The Pats, Texans and Bengals are the only AFC teams that Denver has to worry about, and that’s only because of the ‘any given Sunday’ thing.

  18. A team hasn’t lost a SBowl and come back to win it the next yr since the ’73 Dolphins. A SB loser hasn’t even made it back to the game since the Bills in ’94. Even though Manning has one SBowl win, his losing playoff record and rep for being a reg sea hero and a playoff choker has to be in his head. Especially the way last yr went. I think the Pats get there this yr.

    That being said, I don’t think it’s a given the 49ers were the 2nd best team in the NFL last yr. Denver was a good team that had a bad day, mostly because they ran into a buzzsaw. Heck, they were favored to win the SB.

  19. Expected since they are in win-now mode.

    Patriots seem like the only legitimate opponent in an AFC that is the weakest since the early 90s. So, they better win it again and come with a super bowl this time.

  20. Gonna be a lot of haters choking on crow this year. Denver has as good or better chance than any team, anybody who disputes that has no clue.

  21. i was so happy that weather was perfect for the superbowl. then there would be no excuses for manning after losing one of the biggest games of his life

  22. Manning may be in the running to match Elway’s losing SB record, but Manning is in no danger of matching Elway’s cumulative Super Bowl QB rating record of 56.8

  23. Instead of Broncos better title should be Patriots fans view anything short of Championship a failure.

  24. I thought the Charger and Chef fans were being ridiculous, but they look sane compared to this NFC-is-so-dominant blather.

    Seattle, yeah.

    SF, yeah.

    The rest, blah.

    Denver is not that far removed– and much improved– from crushing NO, Carolina and TB. They embarrassed Philly last year (and, of course, the rest of the east). They’d easily the betting favorite over the Rams and Cardinals. They’d be favored at home against the entire Central, maybe slight ‘dogs in Chicago and GB.

  25. Yeah, all you have to do to beat the Broncos is play defense like the 2013 Seahawks — you know, one of the 2-3 best defenses of all time– and you’ll be fine against them.

  26. Denver won’t even make the playoffs this year. 4 games against the NFC West will be 4 losses. San Diego and KC will likely beat them, too.

  27. joetoronto says: Jul 13, 2014 12:02 PM

    No team loses Super Bowls like the Donkeys, not even the lowly Bills.
    ————————————————————-
    No Faider fan should be able to post anything about anybody until their team has a winning season… “Commitment To Mediocrity”
    Loser Joe…

  28. They won’t even win the West. SD will. The Seahawks exposed Manning in the Superbowl. He can’t throw it deep anymore accurately and if you swarm to the ball on those short routes and stop the yards after catch, then you eliminate his effectiveness. Mark my words, Denver is a 9-10 win football team in 2014

    Your words have been marked.

  29. politicallyincorrect says:
    Jul 13, 2014 11:14 AM
    championship of what? I’m assuming they are talking AFC!

    AFC sucks!

    and, while PM is a great reg season QB, he is a disaster when it counts….

    ———-

    Look at the numbers. The NFC and AFC were equal last year. Two teams were better then the AFC teams. The power is switching again.

  30. Yeah, “manning will make you look crazy.” Manning can’t win the big one to save his life, he’s a total embarrassment. Getting all those regular season padded stats awards are his SB. What a joke this team is.

  31. Last Super Bowl loser to win the next year happened 43 yrs ago. Last Super Bowl loser to even make it the next year happened 21 yrs ago… just the facts Donkey fans……..

  32. Also, last team to get utterly humiliated on national television in a Super Bowl and return the next year was 21 yrs ago… Go Bills!

  33. What was more disappointing?
    Getting blown out by the Seahawks or getting beaten down by the Ravens the year before?
    Peyton sure has continued his usual “ways” since moving to Denver.
    Denver fans, remember, rentals rarely work.

  34. I think that the Burros may be due for a Super Bowl hangover after their blowout loss. I can only hope that it’s as severe and as long what happened to the Raiders after their last Super Bowl appearance.

  35. Bronco fan since late 60″s. Did any of you see the recent NFLN documentary on how Denver got Elway from Baltimore? Most of it is old news, but still fascinating to this old donk head.

    The outstanding part of the documentary, which I had never heard, once Denver secured the rights to Elway, Bill Walsh called. The 49ers had just won their first SB. Walsh offered Joe Montana straight up for Elway in a trade. Denver said no. The rest is history!

  36. Seattle isn’t as good as everybody thinks they are!!! As far as the Super Bowl is concerned anybody could have beat Denver that day! Denver never showed up to play and Seattle is so high on themselves they don’t even realize the beginning of there own demise….Your never as great as you think you are and never as bad as what you might think! Go broncos!!!

  37. Manning may be in the running to match Elway’s losing SB record, but Manning is in no danger of matching Elway’s cumulative Super Bowl QB rating record of 56.8
    ==========
    Seriously, you’re going after John Elway? I’ve been watching football for 45 years and I’ve never seen a qb who is more clutch than Elway. You might remember that little thing called “The Drive” where he led his team on a 98-yard touchdown drive as time was expiring in the AFCCG to tie the game, and then won it in overtime. Elway has 48 victories in the fourth quarter or overtime.

    If I had my choice to start a franchise with any quarterback from any generation it would be John Elway. And I say this as a Raiders fan.

  38. orangecrush823 says:
    Jul 13, 2014 1:03 PM
    joetoronto says: Jul 13, 2014 12:02 PM

    No team loses Super Bowls like the Donkeys, not even the lowly Bills.
    ————————————————————-
    No Faider fan should be able to post anything about anybody until their team has a winning season… “Commitment To Mediocrity”
    Loser Joe…

    ————————————————————–
    Who has the most Lombardi trophies the RAIDERS or broncos?

    No Donkeys fan should be able to talk about the RAIDERS until the have as many championships

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