Record: 15 wins, 9 losses
Ladder Position: 5th
Player of the Year: Darius Boyd
The Broncos bowed out in the second week of the finals to the Cowboys and another thrilling game. Most teams would be reasonably content with such a result, but the Broncos wouldn’t be after being the favourites to win the competition at the beginning Anthony Milford was consistently tearing teams to shreds and the rest of the team continued the dominant form that almost won them a premiership in 2015. State of Origin time was where it all fell apart. A mid-season slump was to be expected at the Broncos since it happens every year, but they never fully recovered in the home stretch. They had a few strong games to finish the regular season, but never returned to their former heights.
Corey Parker Gone
A dynasty is over with Corey Parker retiring. He has been one of the most dominant locks over the past decade. He was a strong runner, strong defender and an extension of the spine with his ball playing skills. How will the Broncos replace him? Jarrod Wallace seemed like an obvious replacement, but he has been shipped off to the Titans. So will Bennett shift Blair or Gillett to lock or give one of the 2016 rookies a shot at making the spot their own? Jai Arrow was one of the best locks in the NYC competition and could be a potential long-term solution.
Will James Roberts get his shit together?
So apparently Roberts is in rehab and obviously had some issues at the back-end of the season. Will he be ready in time for the beginning of the season or will he even return to the Broncos at all? He had his moments in 2016, but wasn’t exactly the dominant force that he was at the Titans. Obviously if he is ready he will be the starter at centre, but if he isn’t 100% there are two new recruits in David Mead, and Tautau Moga ready to slot in.
2017 GAINS AND LOSSES
Gains: David Mead, Tautau Moga, Moses Pangai, Tevita Pangai
Losses: Greg Eden, Brett Greinke, Corey Parker, Jack Reed, Jarrod Wallace