With the 2010's coming to an end, the Denver Broncos had good success that even included a Super Bowl title. What does the next decade have in store?
Can you believe that it is the end of 2019? Not only will it be the end of the year, but it will also mark the end of the decade. For the Denver Broncos, the team had a really rough start to the decade that was the 2010's. It started off with a dismissal 4-12 season in 2010.
In my opinion, that season was worse than the two years under Vance Joseph in the later part of that decade. Josh McDaniels had completely destroyed the team and decided to add a little dash of what the New England Patriots were caught for by videotaping the San Francisco 49ers walkthrough practice.
2010 marked a lot of bad firsts as well, as the team recorded the most losses in a season in franchise history. This all resulted in Josh McDaniels getting fired with four games to go in the 2010 season.
But the following years showed a lot of promise. Tim Tebow helped lead the Denver Broncos back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2005 season and they were even able to pull off a win over the Steelers. Add Peyton Manning to the mix the following season and the Broncos saw a half decade of dominance in the AFC West that would end with a Super Bowl title in Manning's final season.
With Drew Lock appearing to be the answer at quarterback for the time being, going into the new decade, I will look into my crystal ball and predict what the decade holds for the Denver Broncos.
The Broncos will return to the postseason as early as 2020
At the presser on Monday, Vic Fangio and John Elway had mentioned that if the Denver Broncos had won at least two of their close losses earlier in the season, the team would be preparing for the New England Patriots game on Saturday.
And they are right. If Chicago and Jacksonville ended up missing their field goals or the Broncos held on, Denver would have finished 9-7. They would get the sixth seed by virtue of winning the head to head matchup with the Tennessee Titans in week six.
Seeing as how this team is so close to returning back after missing the playoffs the last four seasons, I would not be surprised to see this team back as a Wild Card team in 2020. The 2020 schedule is favorable, with only six games against playoff teams. But there are some games next season that will test them.
If they can have a solid offseason, this Broncos team could be even better in 2020.
Phillip Lindsay will win the rushing title by mid-2020's
How amazing would this story be if an undrafted free agent was able to get the rushing title. It has been some time since the Denver Broncos had a running back win the rushing title. But I have a feeling that Phillip Lindsay can be the next Broncos running back to do it.
He recorded his second straight 1,000 yard season on Sunday, making him the first undrafted rookie to do so. Imagine how many yards he can gain in his prime. He is still very young.
That is why I think a few more years should be enough to get him to where he needs to be to become the NFL rushing leader. So, I give him until 2025 at the earliest.
Bradley Chubb will record his 100th sack by the end of the decade
2019 was the year that Denver would get to see if Bradley Chubb could build off his 12 sack rookie season. Sadly, he was unable to do so as he suffered an ACL injury in just the fourth game of the season. He is looking to come back even stronger in 2020.
I believe Bradley Chubb will be sticking with the Denver Broncos for a long time. And by the end of the decade, he will record his 100th sack in the NFL. Sitting at 13 sacks for right now, he would need to average eight to nine sacks a season in order to get to 100.
I have no doubt that he will be able to do it.
Von Miller will have one more "Super" performance before hanging up the cleats
It was announced in the end of season press conference that the Denver Broncos will be exercising Von Miller's contract for the 2020 season. He will still have one more year left on his deal after that. But that portion will not be "potentially" exercised until after the 2020 season.
I honestly believe that Miller will be around the team for a bit longer. I also believe he will be the reason the Denver Broncos get another Lombardi Trophy. Before hanging up the cleats, he will have one more "Super" performance in the Super Bowl that will lead the Broncos to a win.
Having one of the best edge rushers go out on top will be the cherry on top of a great career for the Vonster.
Drew Lock will win the NFL MVP award as early as the mid 2020's
I know it is a bit early seeing as how Drew Lock has only played in five games in his young NFL career, but hear me out on this one. It takes a quarterback a bit of time to get his footing. In his five games, Lock recorded over 1,000 yards passing along with seven touchdowns and three interceptions.
Imagine if he had a full 16 game season. But I believe getting a small sample size will help the young quarterback. He will have to do well in 2020 to avoid the sophomore slump. But if he can gradually get better, he could be a solid franchise quarterback.
I think around the time he hits his prime will allow him to win the NFL MVP award. It will be tough going up against other quarterbacks that will be there like Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes. But I think somewhere in there, Drew Lock will make some noise.
The Denver Broncos will take the all time series lead from the Raiders
As it stands right now, the Denver Broncos trail the all time series against the soon to be called Las Vegas Raiders. A 54-65-2 record against them means Denver would need to win 12 of the 20 matchups in the new decade to surpass them.
I believe it can happen. Denver appears to be on the upward trend towards some promising years. While the Raiders might hang around for a bit, I feel that Denver will finally get to lead the series against their long time rivals.
The first few seasons would be a good chance to gain some ground. With the Raiders moving to Las Vegas, it will take some time to get used to playing in a new stadium.
Brittany Bowlen will help reset the Broncos ownership
Joe Ellis announced at the end of the season press conference that Brittany Bowlen is the front runner to become the new owner for the Denver Broncos. But there is a lot that needs to be taken care of before she can take over full time.
There seems to be a lot that could really impact the future of the Denver Broncos. But I have faith that once Brittany Bowlen takes over, she will help reset the ownership of the team. She appears more than qualified for the job and can really help the Denver Broncos move forward.
It would be an amazing accomplishment for her to be able to get this wonderful franchise back on track.
Vic Fangio will be named Coach of the Year early in the decade
In his first year as head coach, Vic Fangio ended up with just four fewer wins than Vance Joseph was able to accomplish in two years with the team. It will only take him five wins in 2020 to surpass Joseph.
While most teams will not be satisfied with a 7-9 record, there seems to be a lot of promise for this team going into the new decade. I can only believe that year two for Vic Fangio will be even better.
Do not be surprised if Fangio finds himself winning the NFL Coach of the Year award either next year or in 2021. This will be especially true if he can get the team back to their winning ways in a short amount of time.
Denver will win at least three division titles, possibly even more in the decade
With the progress the Denver Broncos are making, it will not be long before the divisional reign begins again. If they can keep pace with the Kansas City Chiefs, I see both teams fighting for the AFC West for the next ten years.
There is a chance that the Raiders and Chargers could find themselves winning one. But over the last decade, the Broncos and Chiefs have won the AFC West five times each.
That could very well continue in the new decade. I believe Denver will find themselves with at least three divisional titles, which could begin somewhere in the middle of the decade.
I give the Broncos at least until 2023 at the earliest to get their first division title.
The Denver Broncos will win at least two Super Bowls in the decade
I mentioned earlier that the Denver Broncos will have Von Miller ride off into the sunset with a "Super" performance in the Super Bowl. But I believe that the Denver Broncos will add another Super Bowl win that will be led by Drew Lock.
Yes, "Lock" it in that the Denver Broncos will win two Super Bowls during the new decade. I believe once the team gets the final pieces together, it could arrive sooner rather than later. During the decade, the Broncos will be in sole possession of the most Super Bowl titles in the AFC West.
This team has a promising future and as long as Drew Lock can continue to improve, he can help lead the Denver Broncos to a few titles.
What are your predictions for the Denver Broncos in the new decade?