Offseason Forecast: Denver Broncos – NFL.com
With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what’s next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Denver Broncos.
With the offseason underway, Around The NFL explores what’s next for all 32 teams.
The Broncos opted to part ways with coach John Fox, who compiled an impressive 46-18 record over four years in Denver. General manager John Elway turned to his former backup quarterback and offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, who tapped zone-blocking adherent Rick Dennison to run his offense and Wade Phillips to oversee his defense.
Phillips excelled under Kubiak with the Texans a few years ago. He will bring his trademark “one-gap” 3-4 defense, which will suit the talents of edge rushers Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware. Phillips has been one of the NFL’s best defensive operatives over the past three decades.
Kubiak is likely to be running his boot-action offense with Peyton Manning, who recently assured the Broncos’ brass that he plans to return for an 18th NFL season.
Biggest free agents
WR Demaryius Thomas: Thomas is one of this year’s
premier impending free agents, which is why the
wield the franchise tag, if necessary, to keep him off the market. It would be a major upset if the second-team All-Pro is playing in another uniform next season.
TE Julius Thomas: Of the playmaking Thomas duo, Julius is more likely to be retained via a long-term deal in advance of the March 10 onset of free agency. Reaching an agreement will be tricky, though, as the tight end wants to be compensated as one of the best at his position. It’s a reasonable request for the
first tight end in history with at least 12 touchdowns in back-to-back years.
DT Terrance Knighton: Already Denver’s most valuable run defender, Knighton takes on added importance as a natural nose tackle in Phillips’ 3-4 scheme. If “Pot Roast” makes it to the open market, the
Raiders are expected to pursue him with vigor. Knighton has played under new
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