Back in February, the Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl against the Carolina Panthers thanks to an outstanding performance by the defense. They're also one of the main reasons why the franchise managed to get to that stage in the first place, and it is one of the best defensive units in the league.
According to NFL.com, one of their defensive leaders, cornerback Aqib Talib, spoke recently on ESPN's SportsCenter on Monday, per The Denver Post, to discuss the situation the team faces this season, going forward without a talented quarterback like Peyton Manning.
The retired Peyton Manning has so far only been replaced with Mark Sanchez, who when compared to the five-time NFL MVP, is a considerable downgrade. However, Talib believes the lack of talent at quarterback isn't a cause for concern, as he also thinks the team can go and win another Vince Lombardi trophy very soon.
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The cornerback said: "I think as long as the quarterbacks put in the work and listen to coach (Gary Kubiak), if we put in that same work, I don't see why we can't repeat."
He does have a good point. After all, they did win a Super Bowl win Manning under center who was arguably having the worst seasons of his entire career. The question is, can they replicate the same result with Sanchez.
If they don't feel like they can, they might bring in Colin Kaepernick, who has long been linked with a trade away from the San Francisco 49ers to the Broncos. The team has also been linked with Houston Texans' Brian Hoyer or Cleveland Browns' Josh McCown.
On Kaepernick, Talib said: "Who knows? We need to get him in that locker room and get him around the guys and see how it goes. (San Francisco) came to our facility last year (for dual practices during training camp), and he's a good quarterback. He has one of the strongest arms in the league, and we already know what he can do with his legs. (Kaepernick) has to be interested a little bit."
He also said he expects general manager John Elway to sort out the entire team, including the quarterback position before the start of the season.
He said: "It's a good thing we've got John Elway. He does a great job of putting teams together. He doesn't only bring guys in for their talent. He brings in guys on how he believes they will mesh with the team. I have been in locker rooms where guys get off work and you don't see them. In this locker room, everyone meshes really well. That's a credit to John Elway."
Broncos will find it even tougher to get back to the Super Bowl without an experienced quarterback like Manning. But now they've had a full season in Gary Kubiak's system, their running game should be the part of the field that sees the most improvement.
So long as they have a quarterback - whether that be Sanchez, Kaepernick, or a possibly picking one up in the draft - that can hand off the ball and throw every now and then, they should make the playoffs.