The Josh McDaniels era in Denver is mercifully over, as he did nothing but get rid of the majority of the talented players on the roster.
I think the team is now headed in the right direction, and I expect an improvement in the win column next season. The Broncos must continue to develop Tim Tebow, as he looks like he can become the new face of the franchise.
Tim Tebow looked pretty solid in the games that he got to play in, but he still has a lot of work to do before he becomes a good starting quarterback. The new coaching staff needs to continue to develop him, unless the team decides to go with Kyle Orton as the starter for next season. Knowshon Moreno looked much improved last year compared to his rookie season.
He should continue to get better next season, but the Broncos need to improve the depth behind him. The receiving corps is the strength of the team, as Brandon Lloyd had an incredible season last year, and Jabar Gaffney and Eddie Royal are solid number two and three options. Demaryius Thomas is the future No. 1 target at this position, and he’ll have more responsibilities next season.
The tight end position needs work, as Daniel Graham is a solid blocker but he isn’t much of a receiving threat. The offensive line is pretty young, but also very talented. Ryan Clady is a pro bowl left tackle, and Ryan Harris is adequate on the right side. Chris Kuper and Zane Beadles are both very talented young guards, and J.D. Walton played very well at center in his rookie season.
The defensive line has a ton of question marks heading into next year. Elvis Dumervil is a stud pass rusher, but he missed all of last season and will be moving back to the defensive end position. Robert Ayers may get the opportunity to start on the other side, but he’s unproven.
Ronald Fields, Justin Bannan, and Jamal Williams will all likely be elsewhere next year, so the Broncos need to find multiple replacements for them at the defensive tackle position. D.J. Williams will most likely start at one outside linebacker spot, but the other spot could go to a number of guys. Mario Haggan and Wesley Woodyard will most likely battle for that starting spot.
The middle linebacker spot will probably be addressed in the draft, as none of the current linebackers on the roster are good fits for the inside in a 4-3 defense.
Champ Bailey is still one of the top cornerbacks in the league, but the other spot has some questions. Andre Goodman is getting older and he may end up being released. Perrish Cox looked good last season, but he has some legal issues that may keep him off the field. Renaldo Hill and Brian Dawkins are still adequate starters at safety, but both of them have lost a step and will need to be replaced in the not so distant future.