From the FanPosts -Joel
The Denver Broncos have been praised for their offseason to this point for significant free agent signings to improve their defense. Aqib Talib was signed to replace Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Demarcus Ware was added to improve the pass rush, and T.J. Ward was brought in to boost the back end of the defense. Emmanuel Sanders was also added to make up for the loss of Eric Decker at receiver. The only problem with these moves is that these additions came at a cost of priority No. 1: Protecting Peyton Manning.
Much was made last year about how great a blocker Knowshon Moreno was and how Montee Ball and the other backs could not be trusted in pass protection. Moreno was signed by the Dolphins so the Broncos have gotten weaker at the running back position. They also lost Zane Beadles, a pro bowl guard a couple of years ago, that moved on to Jacksonville. Apparently Orlando Franklin, who played right tackle last year will be moving to fill Beadles position. Maybe that will work out, but at the moment, with Ryan Clady coming back from injury, the offensive line appears to be weaker than last year.
The simple fact is that the Broncos overall pass protection has gotten weaker, and while many would say that they are overall just as good as last year's team, if not better, because of the defensive improvements, they are forgetting about the one thing that could ruin their year: an injured Peyton Manning.
I would never hope that a player gets hurt, and I like Peyton Manning, but they are going to have to face the Chiefs defense in Week 2 this year while they are still fresh. At that point Dontari Poe will not have worn himself ragged from playing every snap for the first half of the season, and Tamba Hali and Justin Houston will be hitting their stride on their way to double digit sack totals through the first eight games. I also have to imagine that Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton will try to implement some of the schemes from Seattle's Super Bowl game plan that gave the Broncos such a hard time.
Long story short, the Broncos are neglecting the one player that is the entire key to their success, and it should benefit the Chiefs greatly. Much has been made about how difficult this schedule will be for the Chiefs, but the Broncos schedule is just as tough and could be a difficult run for an almost-40 quarterback who has lost some of his security.