The Denver Broncos defense was good and bad at times in 2018 and head coach Vic Fangio would like to see all levels be better in the coming season.
In Wednesday’s media session, Denver Broncos Head coach discussed many topics regarding the team, including the importance of making sure each position on defense gets better.
"“We could use help at all three levels, which is good and bad. It’s good from the standpoint that it leaves you open for the draft. You’re not tied to one position. It’s not as good because you’ve got needs at all three levels. I think we can shore those needs rather quickly and hopefully get it going back in the right direction.”Vic Fangio (quotes via Broncos PR)"
Some positions the Broncos are likely to target for next season are nose tackle (with the possible departure of the aging Domata Peko), cornerback (to have a guy on the other side of the field from Bradley Roby), and linebacker (Brandon Marshall is a free agent and it doesn’t sound like he will be returning).
The same is true for outside linebackers/edge rushers Shaquill Barrett and Shane Ray. The Broncos declined Ray’s rookie contract fifth-year option for the 2019 season. There is merely a sliver of a chance that he returns, though.
The Broncos’ defense finished the 2018 season with 44 sacks and 17 interceptions. In comparison, the Bears defense gained 50 sacks and 27 interceptions.
Already, the addition of Vic Fangio as head coach sounds so appealing. If he is able to sign quality free agents and draft some great young talent, specifically on the defensive side of the ball, I anticipate the defense to be much better in the 2019 season.
Last season was obviously a bad year for pretty much everyone. Players were often out of position and missed a ton of opportunities to push the opposing offenses back and to secure takeaways.
It would not surprise me if, when free agency starts, Fangio recruits some former members of his old Chicago Bears defensive squad. We have taken a look at some of those possibilities, including players in the secondary like Adrian Amos and Bryce Callahan as well as edge rusher Aaron Lynch.