Broncos gather for 1st time since Super Bowl flop

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 20, 2014 at 12:09 pm •  Published: April 20, 2014

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — No trip to the White House, diamond-encrusted rings or ticker tape parade.

All the Denver Broncos have to show for their historic 2013 season is the heartache and humiliation of getting destroyed from the opening snap at the Super Bowl.

The AFC champs aim to use that 43-8 shellacking by Seattle as motivation for 2014 starting Monday when they gather for the start of offseason workouts, stars Peyton Manning and Von Miller say.

They realize what a daunting task awaits them as they try to become the first team since the 1972 Miami Dolphins to win the Super Bowl the year after losing it.

Crews have turned the team's headquarters into a construction zone over the last three months with a makeover that will include the addition of an indoor practice complex, and, fittingly, general manager John Elway has taken a sledgehammer to his roster, too.

Gone are veterans Champ Bailey, Robert Ayers, Eric Decker, Knowshon Moreno, Zane Beadles, Wesley Woodyard, Shaun Philips and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie along with Chris Kuper, who retired.

Their departures made room for Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward, DeMarcus Ware and Emmanuel Sanders.

Despite becoming the first NFL team to score more than 600 points, behind Manning's record 55 TD throws, the Broncos surrendered a whopping 24.9 points a game — 25.3 if you count the playoffs — and Elway focused on fixing that this offseason.

He added two thumpers in the secondary and Miller will be back from a torn ACL, while refusing to re-sign players who would have cost him too much to keep around.

After all, big paydays loom for the likes of Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas. Both of them attended Manning's annual week of workouts at Duke recently along with Wes Welker, Bubba Caldwell and Sanders.

"That's kind of the new rules now. You have to go off-campus in early April in order to get some work with your receivers," Manning said. "It was a good kick-start to the offseason."

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