The image to characterize the 2012 Broncos’ season is the out-of-position, out-of-his-league Rahim Moore getting burnt by Jacoby Jones late in the AFC divisional playoff game, sending it into overtime. Local sportswriter Mark Kiszla with The Denver Post has recently called for Moore’s head.
Inexperience and mediocrity mark the safeties on the Broncos’ roster. In back-to-back seasons, poor safety play has contributed to the team’s exit from the playoffs. Last year, Moore’s inability to cover Rob Gronkowski, who had 10 catches for 145 yards, was a major factor and helped Tom Brady amass 363 yards passing and throw for six touchdowns.
Quinton Carter, a strong safety who was injured during the season was replaced by Mike Adams, a free agent signed during last offseason. Adams was average and at times was also out of position allowing big gains down the stretch this season.
Champ Bailey isn’t getting any younger and was beaten by one of the league’s speediest receivers, Torrey Smith, for a 59-yard bomb for a touchdown early in the first quarter of the team’s elimination game in the playoffs.
Tony Carter was increasingly targeted late in the season for big receptions by opposing teams. Tracy Porter is an unrestricted free agent who spent most of the season injured. I don’t expect to see him back in 2013.
In a pass-happy league where a team’s secondary is the only way to neutralize a top quarterback, the Broncos have to get extra help this offseason. There are major concerns which need to be addressed right away for Denver in 2013.