Broncos’ Corners are pleased with their progress.
With the off-season additions in the secondary, it’s obvious what the Broncos are trying to accomplish. Any time an offense spread the field last season against Denver’s defense, it was an absolute nightmare for the secondary. Every Bronco fan remembers last years’ AFC Divisional loss to the New England Patriots. During the game, the defense dropped back in coverage in order to let their personnel take care of the Patriots’ receivers. Problem was, the Broncos didn’t have the personnel to take on the Patriots in man coverage. It’s hard to see that nightmare repeat with the additions of Tracy Porter, Mike Adams, and Drayton Florence.
“The way we’re getting our hands on the ball and the way we’re flying around,” Porter said. “It just speaks volumes about us on the back end, the front guys putting pressure on the quarterback and the competitiveness that we have both offensively and defensively.”
When Porter talks about competitiveness in the secondary, it’s hard not to buy in. Mike Adams is one of the best cover safeties in the NFL. During his five years in Cleveland, he played extensively in the nickel and dime packages, formations that Denver couldn’t execute in at all last season. Tracy Porter has a Super Bowl ring, knows what it takes to build the defensive mentality necessary to win a Super Bowl, and can give Bailey the help on the other side of the field. Champ Bailey is still a corner who can shut down a teams’ best receiver, but he didn’t have help on the opposite side of the field last year. That changes with Porter and Florence.
When you factor in the growth of youngsters Rahim Moore, Quinton Carter, Chris Harris, Syd’Quan Thompson, and even rookie Omar Bolden, This secondary looks to be deep and talented.
“This is the most depth I’ve seen at corner on any roster I’ve been on,” Bailey said. “So I feel good about where we are.”
Broncos fans should also feel good about where this team is. With a little more then two months left before preseason begins, you can just hear the difference in players when they’re talking in interviews. This team has a confidence in themselves that hasn’t been around the last few years. The secondary seems confident that the defensive line will put enough pressure on opposing quarterbacks to make their life in the defensive back field easier.