Do you remember the good old days. When Al Wilson, Ian Gold, and John Mobley were the fastest trio of linebackers in the league? When Champ Bailey was the quickest corner and the defensive line could stop the run? This team is a good defensive team and solid in all positions on the field defensively. Yet there is something missing. Speed!
D.J. Williams can go sideline to sideline with the best of them. He is also a sound tackler. But the balance of coverage and taking down a ball carrier is not good if there is no speed to disrupt blocking. Or coverage speed to make the quarterback think through his decision to throw. The Broncos added Jamal Williams, for size in the middle. Elvis Dumerville is outstanding on the edge. With D.J. Williams roaming the middle, this can create havoc. Yet they still seem like they need speed.
My guess is they need it at saftey. The line has bulked up and the linebackers played well last year. Robert Ayers should be better, and the cornerbacks are good coverage guys. With the line being bigger and better that leaves a safety, free to stay in coverage to make the coverage that much better. Yet they need a safety that can run and run with some speed. One who can blitz, like Steve Atwater use to. Or come up and stuff the run like Brian Dawkins is still doing. I like the courage of Brian Dawkins as well as his leadership. But he is not getting any younger. We need a safety that can fly and help in the three departments of defense. Stopping the run, pass coverage, and blitzing the quarterback.
In my opinion, the Broncos have remade this defense and have upgraded drastically in the McDaniels regime. But with the draft coming and a few needs glaring. Such as another linebacker, an offensive lineman, or big running back. I think they need to address the speed at safety to be successful. All the cornerbacks and defensive backs are of high caliber on Denver. They just don't have a threat that makes defenses scared. As a group, Denver's defense is very good, and above average. Just imagine if they have a Troy Polumalu, Bob Sanders, or an Ed Reed. They need speed!