Flacco could see a career resurgence in Denver. I'm bearish.
Lindsey is a hustler who is fun to watch. Freeman should take a few more carries away this season.
Protection & Blocking
Denver has invested heavily in their offensive line and it has under performed so far.
Sanders is hurt and Sutton, who flashed as a rookie, is still unproven as a number 1 receiver. Fant is a talent at tight end but he is still a rookie.
Big Play Ability
Red Zone Success
Skills Analysis Notes
The Broncos will win with defense and special teams so all this offense really needs to do is control the clock, not lose ground, and be efficient in the red zone in order to be a competitive team. I expect this season to be a year of transition for them.
This line will be asked to keep blockers off the linebackers.
Chubb and Miller are a dream tandem for Fangio.
Denver made some aggressive changes here this off season.
Passing Game Defense
Stopping the Run
Controlling Field Position
Stopping The Big Play
Skills Analysis Notes
A lot of this is projection but....we've seen Vic Fangio put together two of the best defensive units of the last decade on different teams and we've seen Denver play dominant defense in recent years with many of these players. I'm bullish.
Special Teams and Coaching
Overall Unit Analysis
McManus should get lots of field goal opportunities this season from mid-long range. How he capitalizes on those opportunities will be a major determining factor in the Broncos success.
Overall Coaching / School Analysis
Hard to say as this is Fangio's first head coaching job in a decades long NFL career. His staff is full of solid veteran hands though.
Overall Team Grade
There are too many questions here with a first time head coach to justify anything higher than this grade, IMO. I could see Denver being one of the better teams in 2020 though.
Last season, did the team meet your expectations?
Denver should grow over the course of the season and I expect their defense to win some games and keep them in some other games but they simply don't have a proven play maker offensively and everyone else in their division has at least 1.