While the main focus will be on Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos offense, this defense can be very special this year. It will be the deciding factor on whether or not this team can compete for the Super Bowl or not.
We all know about the secondary led by Justin Simmons, the league’s best safety, in my opinion. The linebacker group is getting better, and the depth has improved with Nik Bonitto. Of course, Bradley Chubb, and the addition of Randy Gregory make the defensive line stout, with help from Malik Reed.
The defensive line will be key this season. The pass rush needs to be better, and so far, they are having a great training camp.
Broncos’ defensive coordinator sings D-line’s praises
The Broncos were a middle-of-the-pack team when it came to sacks last year, as they finished with 36 total, finishing 18th. Luckily for them, they still finished with the most sacks in the AFC West, with the Raiders and Chargers having 35, and the Chiefs had 31.
This year could be a bit different. Training camp would suggest that the defense has been elite. The pass rush is one of the reasons why. Some of the Broncos’ coaches have loved what they have seen from the defensive line so far.
“Yeah, we have got a lot of good players,” Broncos defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero told reporters Monday. “I have been very, very impressed with our individual pass rushers, interior, and outside guys, the guys are one, they are talented, and two, they are getting better, so it has been really good to see.”
The defense was decent at best last year and the inconsistent pass rush was a big reason why, albeit injuries and the trade of Von Miller played a big factor. Now, add that variant in, and this defense can be elite. This can be a Super Bowl-winning defense if the right pieces click like they’re supposed to. Not quite on the same level as the 2015 team, but it can definitely win this team some important games.
This weekend will be the first taste we get against a different team, as the Cowboys will come to Denver and practice Thursday against the Broncos, then Saturday will be game day.
The joint practices will be where the true evaluation lies, however. The Cowboys will be a good test. A healthy Tyron Smith should be in the mix, All-Pro guard Zack Martin is ready to go, and first-round pick Tyler Smith will be around, too.
The likes of Bradley Chubb, Randy Gregory, Dre’Mont Jones, and others will be tested, for sure.
It feels good around camp, according to a lot of the media members that are there. The vibe is that the offense and defense are doing some special things. Let us hope they can keep that up. This franchise needs to get back to its winning ways as soon as possible.
You can watch Evero’s full presser, below:
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