The Denver Broncos drew the NFC South on their 2012 schedule. That’s a tough gauntlet for any team to face, especially one with a lot of new faces in the secondary.
Tracy Porter who came to Denver by way of New Orleans can offer some insight into the division. He played cornerback in it for four years.
“It’s definitely going to be competitive,” Porter said. “It’s one of the more competitive divisions in the league. There’s a history there where every team that finished in last place, the next year they finished in first.”
Two teams from the division made the playoffs last year (Falcons, Saints), and of course the Saints won the Super Bowl in 2009. The Panthers are on the upswing (again) and the Buccaneers have some great young talent. Not many divisions can say that all four teams have played in a Super Bowl in the last 15 years.
The division is scary for opponents because of the caliber of quarterbacks that it holds. Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Cam Newton, and Josh Freeman can downright throw, and the division runs more of a spread offense.
“It’s definitely becoming a more pass-happy division,” Porter offered. “Expect to get a lot of balls thrown across the field. That will give us a greater opportunity to force more turnovers.”
Oh, the upside. Oh, the potential downside. Either way, the Broncos have their work cut out for them this season.