Three underrated issues for the Broncos to fix for 2023
Actually fix the run defense this time
The Broncos signed DJ Jones last offseason to replace Mike Purcell in the starting lineup. Jones is the best run stuffer in the NFL, objectively speaking. However, the Broncos are not particularly good in stopping the run this year, something that plagued their defense last year and was a clear point of emphasis heading into this season.
The run defense ranks 13th in the NFL this year. They are also allowing a whopping 4.7 yards per carry, which is tied for the 7th highest in the league. Denver has seen the 8th fewest rushing attempts against them, so you’d think that the rush defense would be a bit better than this, right?
It’s not a bad unit, but it’s not fixed, either. I believe that the team should try and bring in another body or two to shore up this defensive line. The issue becomes even bigger if Dre’Mont Jones departs in free agency.
The secondary is truly elite, as they have allowed the least amount of yards, 8th lowest completion percentage, least yards per attempt, and least amount of passing touchdowns. It might be too hard to ask the rush defense to get up to that level, but I do think it is a unit that needs some more love in the 2023 offseason.