The Denver Broncos were last seen getting routed by the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl. Tony Gonzalez, the now-retired NFL tight end who will work for CBS this season, thinks there won’t be a repeat in 2014.
Newsday’s Bob Glauber has more about his conversation with the 14-time Pro Bowl selection.
“Right now, Denver has a team built just like the New England Patriots back when they went undefeated [in the 2007 regular season],” said Gonzalez, the former All-Pro tight end who retired after last season and is an NFL analyst for CBS.
“In looking at Denver in the preseason and Peyton Manning’s command of that offense, he’ll pick up right where he left off last year. And defensively, they went out like good organizations do and addressed their weaknesses.”
Gonzalez’s call: The Broncos will join the Patriots as the only unbeaten team in a 16-game regular season. But Denver won’t stumble like the 18-1 Patriots, who lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl after David Tyree’s spectacular catch of Eli Manning’s desperation heave set up the winning touchdown late in the game.
“I think it’s going to be a Denver-Seattle rematch in the Super Bowl,” Gonzalez said. “And I would go with Denver this time. Giving Peyton two shots at it, to go against the same team, I’ll take Peyton. He didn’t have his All-Pro left tackle [Ryan Clady] against them last year [in Seattle’s 43-8 romp] and they didn’t have their right corner [Chris Harris].”
Gonzalez added that NFL teams have asked him to consider one more year in the league but that he’s “happily retired,” even though it would be nice to get that elusive Super Bowl ring:
“The temptation would be there, but I don’t know what the gain would be,” he said. “I’ve always wanted a ring. That’s been my main goal as a player over the last 15 years of my career. You’re really trying to get that ultimate goal.
“But I’d be a mercenary to come in and get a Super Bowl ring, play with a team for, what, six, seven weeks? And even if I got the ring, it wouldn’t be the same as going through the fight with the team from the beginning to the end. I don’t think that will happen. The temptation will be there, but I’m 100- percent happy with my decision.”