Mo' Money Mo' Problems
Every year, in every professional sport, there is always that one team that spends a lot of money. I look at that as trying to buy a championship. The Lakers did it in 2004(lost 4-1 to the Pistons), the Angels this past season(didn't make the playoffs), and the Broncos in 2014. I am a strong believer that you need chemistry to win a championship. The Seahawks built a Super Bowl winning team by drafting players that fit their system and creating a great nucleus of players. You can put great players on the same team but it don't necessarily equal a championship, especially if they don't gel. Money can't buy rings and I think the Broncos will soon find out.
The Broncos played no games this free agency. With $25 million in cap space at the beginning of free agency, the Broncos went on to spend $60 million in guaranteed money on 3 very good defensive players. T.J Ward(4-year $23m, $14m guaranteed), Aqib Talib(6-year $57m, $26m guaranteed) and Demarcus Ware(3-year $30m, $20m guaranteed) all were acquired in the first two days of free agency. On paper, this obviously makes the Broncos a Super Bowl favorite and rightfully so. Ware and Talib are both 2013 pro-bowlers while Ward has become one of the better safeties in the NFL. The Broncos gave up 43 points in the Super Bowl this past February, so obviously fixing the defense was #1 priority. The Broncos were ranked #19th overall in total defense while allowing 25 points a game. Since Peyton Manning has joined the squad, the defense has been spotty at times, reason why GM, John Elway, is spending all this cash. And with Manning being 38, the clock is about to run out, so a championship is needed now.
John Elway has gone on record saying that they are not just trying to win now but also building a good team for the future. Now I understand why he is saying that because Ward is only 26 and Talib is 28, both with long-term contracts. Ward is there to give added run support with his toughness and great tackling ability while Talib is there to replace the great Champ Bailey(good luck with that) but I still consider this trying to win now. Whenever you spend $110 million on 3 players, you are making a statement that you want to win. very soon. John Elway did it smart though, he spent money on defensive players, learning from what the Seahawks did to his "high powered offense".
When you sit down and look at a roster with Peyton Manning at QB and a defense that includes Von Miller, Demarcus Ware, Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward, and Danny Trevathan, its easy to say they're the favorites but not so fast my friend.
I don't think this particular tweet was for the Broncos but I think it fits for what I am about to explain. The Broncos spent all this money because of past performances and hopeful potential. Defense wins championships and that's where they put their money, instead of receiver Eric Decker who signed with the Jets. As much praise as the media have been giving these players and the Broncos, I still think this was a bad idea and will hurt the Broncos in the long run.
The Broncos like what Talib did against them when they played the Patriots in week 12 but I guess they forgot that he has sat out two straight AFC Championship games.
Ward might be young and talented but he also has been apart of a losing team for 4 years.
And as much as I love Demarcus Ware, I don't think he worth $20 million at this point of his career.
With these big contract, the Broncos will be in cap room hell in 3 years, along with losing their QB. If no championship come out of this, this may be one of the worst off-seasons by a team in recent memory.