Analyzing The Denver Broncos Secondary Heading Into 2018

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The Denver Broncos acquired the services of DB Coach Greg Williams this offseason. Williams knowledge and experience will transform the No Fly Zone further…

This off-season, the Denver Broncos acquired the services of veteran Defensive Backs Coach Greg Williams.

Williams coached the Indianapolis Colts’ secondary for the past two seasons.

I had the opportunity to attend the Glazier Clinic in Denver this past weekend where I had the chance to learn about Williams and his philosophy.

The Broncos secondary experienced both success and challenges in 2017.

I firmly believe that Greg Williams will bring a relentless effort in making the Broncos the number one pass defense again.

Williams is an old school guy like myself — he loves the backpedal. The NFL game has changed over the course of a few years with more defensive backs approaching the shuttle technique.

Williams demands stance and a pedal.

During the clinic, Williams displayed cut ups of the defensive backs he worked with in Indy. Outside of Vontae Davis, the Colts had a lot of youth in the secondary.

One thing that stands out to me about Williams’ coaching philosophy is that he is patient and measures progression with his guys.

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Bradley Roby, entering his fifth year on his rookie deal is playing for a contract extension. It’s likely the Broncos extend Roby who has looked more than capable of being an NFL starting CB for many other teams.

Williams expressed his excitement to work with Roby, Aqib Talib, Chris Harris, Justin Simmons, Will Parks, Brendan Langley, and Darian Stewart.

As a coach, Williams wants his secondary to tackle and talked about the importance of taking good angles.

For his DBs, they must be able to come up and make plays in the open field.

His coaching philosophy is aimed towards building on the strengths of his players.

Williams is a phenomenal coach, and was a generously humble coach who didn’t mind sharing his knowledge with others.

Denver Broncos Pass Defense Goals:

Heading into 2018, we want to see the secondary take the next step. They are already elite, but the key is building upon the foundation they already have.

Barring the trade or cut of Talib, we can expect the Broncos secondary to be top tier once again.

Here are some goals for the No Fly Zone:

  • #1 pass defense in the NFL
  • Lead the league in turnovers caused
  • Be the highest scoring defense in the league
  • Limit the big play
  • Adjust to the NFL’s introduction of RPO’s.

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