One high powered offence and a hard nosed defence show two very different paths to the same ultimate goal.
With the draft over with and team’s beginning their off-season activities this week with the start of OTA’s, two teams are starting to differentiate themselves as the early candidates for a Lombardi trophy next February: Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers.
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The Denver Broncos, led by future hall of fame quarterback Peyton Manning possess a group of receivers that are capable of creating mismatches and big time plays against most NFL defences.
Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas will command attention on the outside from both a cornerback and safety in some offensive packages.
However with the addition of Wes Welker in the slot, arguably one of the best to play the position, opposing defences are in a situation where they know they can’t cover all three, its just a case of picking the one player you think will be easiest to bring down after the catch.
The defence is nothing to ignore in Mile High stadium either led by outside linebacker Von Miller, who will be in contention for the Defensive Player of the Year, due to his incredible ability to get after the Quarterback in every game he plays.
Their biggest competition at this early stage is the San Francisco 49ers, who will look to bully teams into submission with their tough defence, before letting Colin Kaepernick run the read-option and beating opponents with a power run game.
Led by a linebacker corps of a who’s who of defensive all-stars, including Patrick Willis, Aldon Smith, Navarro Bowman and Ahmed Brooks, any team hoping to run the ball on this set of players will struggle to gain anything but a yard or two at most, as there is just no way these player get beat on a regular basis.
Once these players have made sure the opposition won’t be scoring many point, Colin Kaepernick leads the most versatile and exciting offence in the NFC onto a field, where a mixture of running, passing and sheer audacity will see the 49ers light up the scoreboard on a vast array of NFL teams next season.
While training camps are still two months away, the early signs show that the Broncos and the 49ers are clearly to the two teams to beat at this stage.