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The Denver Broncos defense is still going to be the best in the NFL

What the Denver Broncos defense really needs is for the offense to carry a little bit more of the overall weight of winning football games.

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If you listen to major media, the Denver Broncos defense is due for a massive regression after losing Malik Jackson, Danny Trevathan, David Bruton Jr. and Omar Bolden to free agency. Such an argument overlooks the fact that this defense is still quite loaded at nearly every position heading into 2016.

Taking a look at last season's snap counts, this defense lost two major contributors and one stellar backup to free agency.

Player Pos Snaps %
Chris Harris CB 1063 96.99%
Aqib Talib CB 977 89.14%
Brandon Marshall LB 915 83.49%
Darian Stewart FS 848 77.37%
Von Miller LB 835 76.19%
Malik Jackson DE 824 75.18%
Danny Trevathan LB 736 67.15%
T.J. Ward SS 703 64.14%
Derek Wolfe DE 649 59.22%
Bradley Roby CB 623 56.84%
Sylvester Williams NT 534 48.72%
Shaquil Barrett LB 497 45.35%
David Bruton SS 482 43.98%
DeMarcus Ware LB 399 36.41%
Vance Walker DE 381 34.76%
Antonio Smith DE 363 33.12%
Shane Ray LB 341 31.11%
Josh Bush SS 249 22.72%
Todd Davis LB 129 11.77%
Lerentee McCray LB 118 10.77%
Darius Kilgo NT 113 10.31%
Shiloh Keo SS 87 7.94%
Kayvon Webster CB 69 6.30%
Corey Nelson LB 64 5.84%
Omar Bolden FS 48 4.38%
Kenny Anunike DE 5 0.46%
Lorenzo Doss CB 3 0.27%

The defense is going to be just fine.

It's the offense people should be talking about. The 2015 Broncos offense was, historically, the worst offense ever to make a Super Bowl appearance in modern history. That's how good and how special that defense was.

Eric Goodman and Les Shapiro from The Afternoon Drive shared this view as well. All the Broncos need in 2016 to win another twelve games is for the offense to start holding its own against teams.

This defense may not be as good overall as it was in 2015, but it will still be the best defense in the NFL. They will just need the offense to stop turning the ball over on the wrong side of the field and start putting up more than zero touchdowns per game.

Bonus Listen

Eric and Les chat with Chad Brown who believes the Broncos have to be careful when getting Paxton Lynch ready to start. Frankly, I disagree with that sentiment. When Lynch is ready, it will be fairly evident to everyone. From the coaching staff to the players and to the fans. The talent is already there, so once the mental game begins to click there will be nothing Mark Sanchez can do to keep the starting job.