This comprehensive guide on the 2011 Denver Broncos includes:
- 1. An Opening Day Depth Chart Prediction
- 2. Analysis on All Positions (w/ Grade)
- 3. Potential Free Agent Signings (w/ explanations)
- 4. 2011 Season Predictions
The Denver Broncos enter 2011 after ending the previous year on a head-scratching note. As you very well remember, Tim Tebow started the final 3 games and played better than expected. Tebow himself is a microcosm of the entire squad. He definitely has the talent and the will to win, but questions still remain.
Without a doubt, this upcoming year appears to be the most urgent in recent memory, with more is at stake than any year since 1998. The reputation of the organization is in jeopardy, the team is in danger of being labeled the league's worst, and most importantly, the sanity of the local fans is fading.
In years past, there was at least chance that the squad could crack 8-8. This time around, Denver will be lucky if it can walk away with 6 wins. Sad as it may be, it may take this squad another few years to return to playoff contention.
Most experts agree that the Broncos are in a rebuilding phase. This isn't something I cared to admit, and it's not something fans want to think about, but it is a harsh reality. Thankfully, the front office made some key additions in the 2011 NFL draft. It seems as if the metaphorical train that derailed at the end of the Shanahan era may have been placed back on its track.
Now, if Denver needs just one thing this year, it is a few players to step up on defense, which ranked dead last in 2011. The squad will lose its best player to old age in the forseeable future. After Champ, who can the team lean on? Somebody needs to step up, and my guess is that one of the following players will raise himself to Pro-Bowl status by the end of this year.
CB Perrish Cox
DE Robert Ayers
SLB Von Miller
Take a good look at those 3 names. One, if not several of those players is going to raise their game this year. Von appears to be the likeliest candidate, but do not rule out the other two.
In the next few slides, position grades will be dealt to each position.
The Position grade scale will go as follows.
A: Top 20% of the league
B: Top 21-40% of league
C- Middle 41-60% of the league
D- Bottom 61-80%
F- Last 81-100%
For example, a quarterback who receives a C is right in the middle of the league in terms of talent.