Losing one of the best offensive tackles in the NFL for the season is bad, but the news could be a lot worse for the Denver Broncos than losing Pro Bowler Ryan Clady.

I will admit, when I first heard the news that Ryan Clady had a torn ACL and would be out for the year, I grimaced with sympathy pain. The one thing the Broncos really needed to improve this off season was the offensive lineman, and this seemed like the last thing the Broncos need if they hope to get back to the Super Bowl. They have to do a better job of protecting Peyton.

But, as bad it seems, the fact is it could be a lot worse. Here are five things that would be worse for the Broncos than losing Ryan Clady.

 

  • 1

    It Could Be Peyton Manning

    The news could be about Peyton Manning. Yes, Peyton is old --in football years - but he is still one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game. Right now, the Broncos need Manning to be their quarterback because, well, he's all they have. Brock Osweiler is the back up, and we are still waiting for him to show us that he is something more than a back up -- and maybe he is. But, we're still waiting.

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  • 2

    It Could Be Demaryius Thomas

    The news could be about Demaryius Thomas. Sure, the Broncos hope to be more of a running team this year under first year Head Coach Gary Kubiak. But, the reason for that is so they will be better in the passing game. Julius Thomas, Eric Decker, and Wes Welker are gone and the Broncos need Thomas, a big, physical receiver to be the cornerstone of the passing game. Losing Thomas would be even worse than having to eat a peanut butter sandwich without potato chips and a glass of milk.

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  • 3

    We Could Be Getting Josh McDaniels Back

    We could be reading the news that Josh McDaniels has been re-hired as the Broncos' head coach. Remember, he's the guy that sent the franchise into a downward spiral that could have taken years to recover from. Josh McDaniels may not be the worst coach in Broncos history -oh wait a minute -- yes, he is!

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  • 4

    No More Orange

    We could be reading that the Broncos are changing their uniform colors and eliminating the color orange from their ensemble because they don't want to offend the orange growers of America, or be disrespectful to the hard working people who put orange juice on our table every morning.

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  • 5

    It Could Be the Los Angeles Broncos

    The news could be that the Broncos are one of the teams destined to be moved to Los Angeles, where the NFL desperately wants to have at least one team in place by the 2016. Sure, the chances of the Broncos ever moving from Denver seems remote at best, but just imagine what it would be like to lose the team you've been rooting for for the last several decades. Just ask the fans in Baltimore, Cleveland, St. Louis, and Houston. This would be the worst news of all.

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