John Elway speaks the NFL Combine. (Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE)

Broncos' Most Important Off Season

Welcome to the most important off season in recent history for the Denver Broncos. I’m still bowing down to the football gods, giving thanks that we do in fact have a legitimate off season, rather than a locked-out one.

Development is key especially for an offense where eight of their starters are 25 years old or younger.

If you thought you saw a major improvement from the 2010 season to the 2011 season, just wait until 2012 rolls around when the team can actually work with their coaches and trainers during the off season.

Perhaps having a real off season is the most reassuring thing for Broncos fans.

With that said, franchise tags are set. The Broncos used their’s on kicker Matt Prater, and in less than a week, free agency kicks off.

Currently, the infamous bounty-system is grabbing headlines league wide, but soon enough draft talk will surface again as the Broncos look to have another successful draft to build a championship team from. As the team looks to bring more young talent aboard, current players can begin working out with team trainer Luke Richesson and his staff on April 16. Then OTA’s begin in May.

When you really look at the full calendar year in the NFL, there isn’t much down time for players who want to take their training seriously. There’s even less downtime for the front office and coaching staff as they get down to evaluating fresh talent as soon as their season ends.

Even though we sift through spring without football on television, our hopes for the Broncos future success safely rests in John Fox, John Elway, and many others’ hands.

Already looking forward to the 2012 season!

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