Hope springs eternal every NFL offseason. Nevertheless, I can’t help but be excited about what the defense for the Denver Broncos looks like on paper for the 2021 NFL season.
Signing key free agents from the team in Shelby Harris, Justin Simmons, Alexander Johnson, and (if rumors are true) Kareem Jackson has set the team up with continuity in their more talented players that were set to become free agents in some form or fashion this offseason.
Add to that the signings of free agents Ronald Darby and Kyle Fuller to fill the glaring hole in the roster at starting cornerbacks and you have the make up of a very scary looking NFL defense.
The linchpin to all of this is Von Miller coming back and staying healthy. Everything about the Broncos pass rush starts with him and how teams adjust to his presence causes ripples across the line for other Broncos to get more chances to make plays.
One of the biggest struggles I noticed when watching our woeful team of 2020 was their difficulty in play making on defense because of how much attention they needed to keep back in their defensive backfield. With rookie corners and guys you have on a roster to be back-ups starting meaningful snaps all over the field, we had to use our safeties heavily to support coverage and Vic Fangio ended up having to be much less aggressive with how he would attack an offense.
I expect that to change this season. If the roster can keep healthy, they are going to pretty consistently hold teams to 20 or less points. They will create turnovers from better pressure and especially from better coverage.
Honestly, the way they’ve loaded up the defense makes it pretty easy for the team to focus on finding an answer to their void of talent at quarterback either in the draft or free agency. I expect a major move to be made either by trading for a current NFL starter or making a splash trade in the draft in order to move up and grab a real talent at QB to work with this season.
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