As a Bronco fan for life, I am hopelessly optomistic about the 08-09 campaign. But my realism has hit me a little reguarding it.
I hear a lot of people that are guessing from 6-10 to 8-8 or 9-7, but I think that all of those won't happen. I see it has a "Hit or Miss" season. By that I mean everything will come together, or it will fail miserably.
Positive QB: Orton comes out as a game manager and proves that the Pats system can make him look like an MVP canidate. He throws for 30+ TD's and leads a lethal offense.
Negative QB: Orton can't grasp the offense, he is confused by the intricate routes and proves the Cutler trade to be a full on mistake by Denver.
Positive D: The move to a 3-4 utilizes the athleticisim of D.J. Williams, Elvis Dumervil and Jarvis Moss. Champ Bailey returnes to form and shuts down half of the field, Rookie Alphonso Smith ball hawks 5-7 ints and Brian Dawkins locks the D down. Fields proves that B.J. Raji was needed in Denver and Peterson and Crowder get it done on the Line.
Negative D: The move to a 3-4 shows that D.J. Williams can't play inside and that Elvis Dumervil is only for pass rushing, also Jarvis Moss was the worst 1 rounder since Willy Middlebrooks. Champ Bailey really has lost a step and gives up big play after big play. Alphonso Smith gets relagated to a nickel corner and Goodman can't control #2 recievers. Dawkins is too old and can't cover deep or stop the run. (Which would be the same way the Denver safties played last year.)
Overall, the Broncos will either shock the World or will try with a new coach next year.