Denver Broncos Head Coach Josh McDaniels and General Manager Brian Xanders have been organized, fast and effective in addressing the defensive line so far in free agency.
For anyone watching or keeping tabs, no National Football League team has added as many potential – we say potential because everything has to be earned on the field – new starters on its defensive line as the Broncos with the their three new linemen.
Indeed, Denver has signed four players in free agency so far, all on defense. Cornerback/safety/special teams standout Nathan Jones is the only one who does not play the D-line, and he has earned excellent reviews for his versatility and style of play of both defense and on kicking teams.
Coming to Denver’s 3-4 defensive line are defensive end Jarvis Green (from New England as a free agent), nose tackle Jamal Williams (from San Diego, and very familiar to Bronco fans as a longtime adversary), and Justin Bannan (from the Baltimore Ravens).
Each is a 3-4 veteran, each is a longtime NFL starter on an outstanding defense, and each has size.
Green weighs 285 and can play end, Bannan is an end who weighs in at 310, and of course Williams is an imposing 348 pounds.
Each has a measure of familiarity with the area or the people here.
Green comes from New England, where he certainly became very familiar with Josh McDaniels.
Williams comes from the Chargers where, until last year, his only defensive line coach as a professional had been Wayne Nunnely. Wayne came to the Broncos last year and no one is football is more familiar with Jamal Williams than is our D-line coach.
And finally, it is a real homecoming for Bannan, who played his college football right up the road at the University of Colorado before his fine pro career began.
These are very exciting signings for the Broncos and our fans, and you can be sure that Josh and X are not taking the foot off the accelerator in terms of player evaluation. Building a roster is not a sometimes thing, it is an all the time thing. It continues because other players become available, get released, and so forth, so the evaluation process is an ongoing one.
To top it off, draft preparations are continuing on a parallel track at this time.
It is a very exciting and interesting time to be a Bronco fan. The defense was changed over to a 3-4 alignment and made major strides in 2009, and now we are watching as more talent and experience is being added to the mix.
What will happen on offense? What will happen in the draft?
No one knows, and I will not pretend to, but I do know and trust the people down the hall.
Planning and preparation are paramount to success in this area, and there is no question about the time and effort being invested into being prepared to make the right moves at the right time.
It has already been a very successful offseason for the Broncos, and there is a lot remaining to be played out before that first minicamp the weekend following the draft.