With the reports emerging of Rahim Moore missing “several” weeks of action with a lower leg injury that at the time of this posting remains a mystery, the Denver Broncos will once again apply the “next man up” mantra to the defensive side of the football. While you never want to see players on any team get injured, especially suffering significant injuries like this one, you have to think the Broncos will breathe a collective sigh of relief knowing this injury happened in an area of the team that has more depth than almost any other.
The Broncos’ secondary is in my opinion the best and deepest unit on the team, seeing significant contributions up and down the depth chart. We’ve seen guys like Tony Carter and Kayvon Webster, even the old man Quintin Jammer (sorry, dude) come out and make plays. At safety, Mike Adams and David Bruton filled in really well for Moore in the second half of the Broncos’ win over the Chiefs.
With Champ Bailey on the mend, the Broncos could be getting some more reinforcements on the back end of their defense, and in Moore’s absence, they might consider getting a little creative on the defensive back end.
Obviously Mike Adams and David Bruton will be the primary backups for Moore at safety with Omar Bolden coming in at times as well, but there’s no reason the Broncos can’t or shouldn’t experiment in Moore’s absence, especially if he is going to miss significant time.
If your philosophy is to have the 11 best players out on the field at any given time, then with a healthy Champ Bailey, Kayvon Webster, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Quintin Jammer, Duke Ihenacho–you have plenty of options on the back end.
Bailey has never played safety in his career, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try some things out. Chris Harris has played a little safety and was tabbed as a CB/S coming out of Kansas in 2011. I’m obviously just throwing options out there but that’s because the Broncos have the luxury of just that–options.
With Moore being injured, it’s obviously a hit to Denver’s defensive backfield, but there’s plenty of reason to believe guys will pick up the slack, especially with the pass rush showing significant improvements as of late.
The Broncos’ defense is playing the best it has all season in their last three games (WAS, SD, KC) so a setback like this is very annoying and you wish the best for Rahim Moore, because the dude can play football. That being said, I don’t think it’s the end of the world and the Broncos have a chance to find some things out about what kind of versatility they have among that talented group of DBs.