Three reasons why Denver Broncos could underwhelm in 2022

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Three reasons Denver Broncos can underwhelm

2. Too “new” on defense

Sure, Russell Wilson being inserted into the Broncos’ offense is a massive, massive change that might take getting used to on the field.

However, I think the current new additions on defense and potential new additions via the NFL draft could present an interesting situation for Denver.

Perhaps the defense sees a dropoff in play because of the new faces getting used to the team and defensive scheme.

Under Vic Fangio in 2021, the Denver Broncos ranked third in the NFL in scoring defense.

Now, in 2022, Ejiro Evero is the new defensive coordinator, and he’s already been given quite a few new faces that will see significant playing time.

All of D.J. Jones, Randy Gregory, Alex Singleton, and K’Waun Williams could be week one starters.

That’s 36% of the defense that could be new when the 2022 season begins.

We also have to consider the returning projected starters being able to adjust to Evero’s scheme.

And, there’s also the possibility that the team could add more defensive starters in the NFL draft or even in free agency.

I think there has been significantly more turnover on the defensive side of the ball, and that could lend itself to the team not having nearly as much success on the field as we’ve been accustomed to seeing.  In all honesty, I think the team finishes around 12th in the NFL in points allowed per game when the season ends.

I do think we see a dropoff on defense, but I do not think it would hinder the team’s success, but it is a possibility.