The Denver Broncos considerably successful 2013 season came to an abrupt end at the Super Bowl in February with a 43-8 defeat to the Seattle Seahawks. However, now the Broncos look to that margin of victory as motivation for 2014.
Defensive end, Malik Johnson has said that the margin of defeat, '35' has become a rallying call during the team's early pre-season preparations.
“Whenever someone gets tired, you just say 35, and they just start picking it up again,” Jackson said, via the team’s website. “We know we have to come back strong this year. We had a disappointing loss. But that’s last season. We’re ready to move on.”
The Broncos have already started on that road to recovery with the free-agency signings of DeMarcus Ware, Aquib Talib and T.J Ward.
John Elway, now an executive with the team has brought in veteran stars to an already experienced roster. But the bitter taste left by the massacre in New Jersey should spur those veterans to work through this pre-season and come back better than ever.
They are sure to have a tougher time of it this season with divisional rivals, San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs another year of improvement. The Oakland Raiders could also prove to be a force within the AFC West.
Veteran quarterback, Peyton Manning is likely coming toward the end of his stellar career and he will hope that the Broncos are spurred on enough to challenge for another title in 2014.