Denver Broncos, Def, Broncos
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2015 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jun-14-2015 by Shawn Childs
The Broncos have seven games against weak rushing offenses and only one game against a solid rushing attack. Their passing matchups are slightly favorable with two real tough games – the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Broncos have seven games against teams with weak passing attacks.
Denver allowed the second-fewest rushing yards (1276) in the league last season. Opposing ball carriers gained just 3.7 yards per rush and scored nine rushing TDs. Game score led to teams attempting the fewest number of rushes (21.8 per game) in the league.
The Broncos had positive production across the board in 2014 from their defensive players. Line backer DeMarcus Ware was an instant upgrade to the pass rush (11 sacks, 12 QB hits, and 30 QB hurries). Von Miller was the most impactful rushing linebacker in the league, finishing with 15 sacks, 11 QB hits, and 47 QB hurries. He was also excellent against the run.
In his first season as a starter, after getting drafted in the 5th round in 2012, line backer Brandon Marshall proved to be an asset in all areas of the game. Marshall had minor foot surgery in March. Line backer Danny Trevathan dislocated his knee cap in early October after suffering a knee injury in August, which led to him only playing three games last year. In 2013, Trevathan added value to the run defense.
Defensive end Derek Wolfe played well against the run, but he was a huge liability against the pass. Malik Jackson is coming off the best season of his short career. He was rock solid stopping the run and a strong pass rusher. He finished the season with four sacks, 13 QB hits and 33 QB hurries. Nose tackle Sylvester Williams is expected to start in 2015 after being selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He's been a below average run defender through two seasons in the league and has shown no pass rushing skills whatsoever.
Cornerback Chris Harris was the best cover corner in the league in 2014. Receivers only caught 49.5 percent of their 95 targets for 378 yards and failed to find the end zone. Aqib Talib struggled at times against the pass, allowing 62 receptions for 668 yards and five TDs, but Talib did come away with four interceptions while adding value in run support. Safety T.J. Ward had some success blitzing the QB (two sacks) and was just above league-average in run support. However, He was the weak link in pass coverage, allowing 60-of-84 targets to be completed for 487 yards and six touchdowns. Darian Stewart is expected to start at the other safety position. Last year, he played his best ball of his career for the Ravens after being undrafted in 2010. Stewart was slightly above the league average in run support and pass coverage in 2014.
Denver notched the ninth-most sacks (41) in the NFL, but 63 percent of that production came from two players. The Broncos also allowed the ninth-fewest passing yards (3607) in 2014, 29 passing TDs and snagged 18 interceptions.
This defense has two elite pass rushers with solid talent at the cornerback position, but their defensive line is below the league average. Game score is also a big factor in the success of this unit. If Denver can make an offense one dimensional, they will send a high volume of blitzers. This defense will be a borderline top-12 defense with upside if the Broncos can find one more player that can get to the quarterback. I see them as more of a matchup play.
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|15.08||#28 World Ranked - Denver invested heavily in their defense this off-season. They should be playing from ahead in most games which helps the pass rush created havoc.|
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