By Cecil Lammey
Denver Broncos/ NFL Insider
On Sunday night, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat to win their fifth NBA title. It was a story of redemption for the Spurs. Last year, the Spurs failed to win the title by losing to the Heat in an arduous seven-game series.
The Spurs spent the 2013-14 season focused on only one goal—winning the NBA championship. Not only did the Spurs want to win it all, they wanted to face the Heat in the championship series. The Spurs got what they wanted, and they crushed the Heat in a series that went 4-1.
The Denver Broncos are looking to make a similar run to a title in 2014. They fought hard all season long in 2013, only to lose to the Seattle Seahawks 43-8 in the Super Bowl earlier this year.
Denver is arguably the best team in the AFC, but they will have to prove themselves against the NFC’s best if they get back to the Super Bowl this year. The best teams in the NFC reside in the NFC West, and there’s a good chance the Broncos could face the Seahawks for the second year in a row.
Seattle has one of the most intimidating defenses in the league. They matched up well against the Broncos high-powered offense last year, and clearly had a dominant performance in the biggest game of the season. The teams will face each other in the regular season this year, but it won’t truly be “revenge” for the Broncos until they beat Seattle in the Super Bowl.
Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton was definitely thinking about getting back to the Super Bowl as he watched Tim Duncan and company win the NBA title.
“Oh trust me, I was thinking about that last night. You hear a lot of them saying they put in the work and the whole offseason and the whole season, their mind was set on winning the championship and not finishing short and everything they did was for a championship. So that’s what we’re trying to do. We just want to practice at a championship level, prepare at a championship level and win a championship.”
The Broncos are wrapping up mandatory minicamp this week at Dove Valley. The team’s focus is razor sharp, and there is no doubt they have one goal in mind this season. They’ve been in a championship window ever since Peyton Manning joined the team, and they could finally realize their dreams in 2014.
The Spurs knocked off the Heat after losing the championship the previous year. The Broncos are hoping they can follow a similar path this season.