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Bronco Rob
07-23-2012, 09:46 AM
Key Position: Secondary

When most of the football-loving world last saw the Broncos, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had just spent an evening reinforcing the definition of "franchise quarterback" with his six-touchdown, 363-yard performance in New England's 45-10 victory in the second round of the playoffs last season.

The Broncos did not sack Brady during that chilly night in Foxborough, Mass., and none of the Patriots' seven scoring drives lasted longer than 4 minutes, 35 seconds.

And that was game, set and season for the Broncos, the end of the line for a low-impact offense 25th in scoring and a defense that had no answer for offenses down the stretch that spread it out to throw, throw and throw some more.

And with a cavalcade of marquee quarterbacks on the Denver schedule this year the Broncos face Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan, Matt Schaub, Brady, Philip Rivers and Drew Brees in their first eight games how well the team shored up the secondary will be a big part of what's to come.

CB Champ Bailey
Bailey earned his record 11th Pro Bowl selection last season as he spent much of the season shadowing the opposition's best receivers and watching quarterbacks pile up the yardage throwing the other way. As he enters his 14th season, he remains the key to the Broncos' plan in the secondary.

Opposing coaches say Bailey isn't as explosive as he was as a 20-something, particularly as he transitions from his backpedal to run with the receiver, but those same coaches say Bailey remains gifted and one of the most intelligent, instinctive players they have ever seen.

CBs Drayton Florence and Tracy Porter
If things turn out as the Broncos hope, this duo will be two of the most important free-
agent additions not named Peyton Manning. Florence is a veteran, hard-nosed defender who can play both outside and in the slot while also proving to be a sure tackler against the run.

Florence projects as the all-important nickel corner at the moment. Porter, who figures to start alongside Bailey, has top-tier speed but has had knee surgery
to go with a neck injury the last two seasons.

S Mike Adams
Given the struggles the Broncos had at safety last season, it is fitting Adams was the first free agent they signed in March. Adams has been a productive, steady player over the course of his career as well as a quality special-teams player.

He has to be all of the above for the Broncos, who need some lock-down tackling and reliable play at the position.


No mention of Boldin, Harris or The Carter/Moore???