The Broncos are surely going to take a step forward in offensive firepower this season, but the key to them returning to the postseason for the first time in years and years is going to be the stoutness of the defense under Ejiro Evero.
He’s a huge question mark for the Broncos, given that he (like most of our new coaches) has never done his current job in the NFL.
What I like about his resume:
- He’s worked with defensive coordinators that I have nothing but respect for in Vic Fangio, Dom Capers, and of course Wade Phillips
- He’s got 13 years of experience coaching in the league
- He’s seen multiple versions of the 3-4 and the 4-3 ran
What worries about this new coach:
- His credibility with the players will need to be earned
- We don’t know how well he will handle in-game adjustments
The Broncos have not been successful in the past few years, but they have had excellent defensive coaching and coordination. Vic Fangio may not have been a good fit as head coach, but he was making chicken salad out of what he had to work with in his last two years.
Evero doesn’t need to be Vic Fangio, but the hope is he is able to lead a sound enough defense that allows Russ to cook. Teams are going to test this defense early and often.
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