Former Kansas City Chiefs tight end, Tony Gonzalez, is making headlines this week and it’s not because he caught a touchdown, dunked the goal post, and received a penalty and fine. It’s because he predicted that the Denver Broncos would go a perfect 16-0 and defeat the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.
Tony G is only two weeks away from his debut with CBS as an analyst for their NFL pregame show and he recently spoke with Newsday reporter, Bob Glauber, about his bold prediction,
“Right now, Denver has a team built just like the New England Patriots back when they went undefeated [in the 2007 regular season],”
To a certain extent, Tony is right.
Denver was already loaded on offense so they spent heavy cash to revamp their middle-of-the-road defense from 2013. They get Von Miller back healthy and added future hall-of-fame pass rusher, DeMarcus Ware opposite of him making for potentially one of the best duos in football.
They didn’t stop there.
The Broncos spent big money to bring in Pro Bowl corner back, Aqib Talib and safety T.J. Ward, to sure up the back end of their defense. On paper, Denver has a scary roster and is built a lot like that New England team that went 16-0.
Ultimately, New England fell apart in the Super Bowl, losing to the Giants and squandering their chance at ultimate perfection.
Well, Tony believes that’s where the two teams will differ.
“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].
“You better play mistake-free football and come up with some luck plays, just like New England got beat by a luck play against the Giants in the Super Bowl. That’s the only reason they got beat. If you don’t have that play, it’s over.”
While Tony makes some valid points, there are some things that should be thought over before anyone jumps on this undefeated bandwagon. First of all, it’s damn near impossible to go completely undefeated in the NFL these days. This isn’t Big XII football, this is the NFL where every single roster has enough talent to beat anyone.
That’s why they say “On any given Sunday”.
Two, have you seen Denver’s schedule? They played one of the “easiest” in 2013 and couldn’t pull of the perfect season. Having to face the NFC West, the AFC East and their own division foes twice will make that challenge that much harder.
And three, does Tony really think that Ryan Clady and Chris Harris were the 35 point difference in that Super Bowl melt down? I mean c’mon, Denver came out flatter than a soda with no syrup in that game and broke all those records without Clady protecting Manning’s blindside for majority of the season.
Anyways, I love Tony G but he know’s better than to predict an undefeated season for Denver when he’s one of the most beloved Chiefs in team history.
Hopefully, Tony did this as a jinx ploy and instead of going undefeated, the Broncos go 0-16 instead.