With a new head coach and some questions to be answered, the Denver Broncos defense has been ranked near the middle among other NFL defenses in 2019.
When it comes to the Denver Broncos defense, it became the bread and butter of the team since losing Super Bowl 48 to the Seattle Seahawks. After that game, John Elway was bent on getting a defense for the unit. While the 2013 Broncos had an offensive juggernaut, that big game proved that defenses win championships.
Just two years after the embarrassing Super Bowl loss, Denver was able to use their defense to overpower a Carolina Panthers offense to win Super Bowl 50. Ever since, the Broncos have seen defensive players leave and it has slowly, but surely impacted the Orange Crush defense.
Going into 2019, there are not a lot of players left from that squad, but they do have a solid defensive minded head coach in Vic Fangio leading the charge. But will it be enough? According to Total Pro Sports, it is really difficult to tell.
The YouTube sports channel listed the Denver Broncos defense at number 17 among all 32 teams in the NFL. DeQwan Young, the host of the ranking video, mentioned Von Miller and Bradley Chubb as a duo and how dominate they were together in 2018.
Young points out the major weakness of the Denver Broncos defense. The secondary. He points out the positive of Chris Harris Jr.’s game, but wonders how well Kareem Jackson will perform in the secondary for the Broncos.
What is also pointed out is the departures of Darian Stewart and Brandon Marshall. Young believes if the Denver Broncos can fill those voids, they could be a top half unit in 2019.
I agree with him that the secondary will have a lot of questions going into the 2019 season. Denver has lost Aqib Talib, Bradley Roby, T.J. Ward, and Darian Stewart within the last few years. And the absence of Talib really showed how much the No Fly Zone impacted the Denver Broncos.
Hopefully, players like Josey Jewell, Justin Simmons, and Will Parks can step in those shoes and perform well. As far as being ranked 17th among other defenses, I believe the team can be even higher if all the pieces come together and perform well.