I believe that to properly analyze the 2017 IDPs you need to have an idea of how they’ll ALL perform so you can benchmark and compare them effectively. So I built a model using past performance, efficiency, scheme information and coaching tendencies to predict what will happen in 2017. I’ve applied that to my best estimates for how teams will use players this year which gives a projection and ranking for all IDPs. You can read more about what I did and how here.
It seems like longer than two years ago that the Broncos won the Super Bowl on an all-conquering defense doesn’t it? A lot of the players and coaches from that run are still in place but with the retirement/departure of Gary Kubiak and his staff the team is a bit of an unknown. Given the sheer talent available at the premier positions of pass-rusher and cornerback, I can’t wait to see what they look like.
We’ve only seen one season of Vance Joseph as a coordinator but I thought it was a pretty good unit last year in Miami. He clearly managed to coax the best out of the defensive line as well as a talent-poor group of corners. I hope he’ll be able to do the same in Denver this coming season.
Surprisingly none. This doesn’t mean for a heartbeat I don’t respect the talent they have – just that it’s concentrated in IDP positions that are simply not as valuable as they are in real life.