The Denver Broncos had two gaping holes during the 2016 season. The offensive line and defensive line were less than stellar. John Elway has worked to fix this for 2017.
The glamour Signings have been John Elway’s modus operandi in the past. Peyton Manning, DeMarcus Ware, Emmanuel Sanders, and Aqib Talib were all big names that came to Denver to find success. However, this year’s free agency has elicited some complaints from Broncos Country.
As Ian St. Clair and I discussed on the Mile High Report Radio podcast, the approach may be different, but the results will likely be the same. There is really no way to evaluate the free agency signings until they play. That doesn’t stop fans and analysts from making their feelings known.
So far, Elway has signed some big players. Maybe not in name, but certainly in size, and these signings signal something very important. Elway knows what needs to be done to get the Broncos back to contending for a Super Bowl.
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Everything is predicated on the running game. Stopping the run was the most significant omission from the Broncos defense. Bring in Domata Peko and Zack Kerr to plug the middle of the line. Success running the ball was lacking. Change the scheme and bring in Ronald Leary and Menelik Watson.
These moves, along with the changes to the coaching staff should serve to make huge improvements, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Jeff Davidson is a huge upgrade at OL coach. The Broncos have players on the roster, along with the free agent signings, that will benefit from this change. Connor McGovern and Ty Sambrailo (don’t laugh) will improve because of this change.
Simplifying the system will help the young players who went undeveloped under the last coaching regime. The offense has an opportunity to change, and improve. The defense has big bodies to plug up a leaky line, which will free up linebackers like Brandon Marshall to make big plays.
These are not sexy signings. They make fans scratch their heads, wondering why Elway isn’t landing big name free agents like Calais Campbell. The answer is simple. Tony Romo. The only other gaping hole that needs to be filled? Quarterback. Like it or not, the best option at quarterback right now is Romo.
Elway knows that taking up too much cap space will make bringing Romo to Denver much more difficult. Whether the Broncos future is Paxton Lynch or Trevor Siemian, winning right now means 2017 should belong to Romo. Every move Elway makes will be geared toward creating space to sign the former Cowboys starter.
From this seat, the Broncos 2017 season is looking promising. Tony Romo makes that future look even brighter. Elway has done what is necessary to make that possible.