The Denver Broncos are now in a rebuilding phase looking to find the Denver Bronco identity, that will carry the franchise forward to greater things.
For all the things Josh McDaniels did wrong with the franchise, he did one thing right and that was leaving behind an offense with tons of potential, only short of a good running game.
Rebuilding the Denver Broncos has therefore everything to do with building a solid defense and finding a defensive identity.
The hiring of John Fox indicates that the Broncos will be playing a 4-3 defensive scheme, even though Fox has declared that the defensive scheme will rely on the evaluation of the roster.
With the right defensive coordinator and the right players the 3-4 is an exciting defensive scheme, but it is also complicated and vulnerable if you don't have the right personnel. Running a successful 3-4 defense requires a stud 3-4 NT to clog up the middle. Jamaal Williams is over the hill and it is even questionable if he will return for the 2011 season. There doesn’t seem to be a stud NT available neither in the draft nor in free agency.
All though Fox has said that he will evaluate the roster before he decides which defensive system to run, with Fox’s running the 4-3 in Carolina and the staff he has brought in, I think it is highly probable that the Broncos will return to the 4-3 for the 2011 season.
With Fox at the helm I think the Broncos game will be build around field position - strong running game on offense and a defense that doesn't give up any easy yards. And for that I think the 4-3 is a better fit.
Every thing is of course dependent on the the agreement on the CBA. But to make any sense in this rebuilding scenario I have taken it for granted that an agreement will be reached and the CBA will be in place.