The Denver Broncos responded to their Super Bowl shellacking by signing some major free agents on the market and this offseason was just what defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio asked for, even if he never expected it.
Denver opened up the checkbook this year to snag top free agents all over the defensive side of the ball and Del Rio couldn’t be any happier than he is right now.
Del Rio spoke with DenverBroncos.com about his wish list at the onset of free agent season and noted that he had an outline for types of players he wanted but never thought they’d actually be the players he got.
“I said, you know, if I could make it happen it would be a dominant rush end, a strong safety that will come up and really strike fear in an offense and really be a tone-setter, and a premium corner.”
Ask and ye shall receive, Jacky boy. Dominant rush end? How’s Demarcus Ware sound? Strong safety? Hey, TJ Ward is out there, let’s get him. Premium corner? Behold, Aqib Talib, who apparently really loathes New England now.
Life is grand for Del Rio, whose defense could never quite catch up with the offense. They performed well against New England in the AFC Championship Game, but they were embarrassed in the Super Bowl. Denver allowed the 6th most passing yards in the league last season. A better pass rush and secondary should do wonders for that.
As long as Peyton Manning and most of the defense stays healthy, the Broncos should once again be Super Bowl contenders. The question from there will be how close they can get to returning, and whether or not all these new veterans can mesh in a new system under Del Rio. He got what he wanted. Now it’s time to finish the job.