Arguably the best secondary in team history. The best currently in the league, the trio of Chris Harris Jr., Aqib Talib and Bradley Roby aren’t planning on taking their foot off the gas pedal this upcoming season. After finishing the 2015 season and the 2016 ranked as the number one unit versus the pass, the group known as the No Fly Zone has already set their sets on their goals for this upcoming season.
“That is our biggest goal: to be the No. 1 pass defense three years straight”, said defensive back Bradley Roby. “Just to really show that in history, they can go back and show that the Broncos secondary was one of the best — if not the best — secondary to ever play, and the numbers don’t lie.”
The Denver secondary has shown just how dominate they are around the league in boasting Pro Bowlers at not one, but both corner spots in Harris Jr. and Talib. Roby isn’t considered to be far behind those two in term of his play, as the young corner could be the top defensive back on many other teams. It’s refreshing to see a group that has already accomplished so much in the league today, still playing with a chip on their shoulders to prove themselves among the elite of the NFL.
The Broncos are fortunate to have such talented players on the roster for at least the past three seasons. With injuries, a byproduct of the violence in every NFL game and free-agency helping to turnover rosters come every spring, it’s a testament to the excellence of all three players, along with safeties Darian Stewart and T.J. Ward that the Broncos led the NFL in that defensive category for the past two seasons.
The unit definitely has their work cut out for them in the upcoming season. As always, Denver will be up against some of the best quarterbacks in the game when they face New England’s Tom Brady in the early part of the schedule and Andrew Luck of the Colts in December. Not to mention they don’t figure to get much slack from divisional foes in the duos of Amari Cooper and Derek Carr from Oakland and Philip Rivers and Keenan Allen in Los Angeles. Even the tandem of Alex Smith and Travis Kelce in Kansas City has given the Denver defense it’s fair share of problems last season.
Whatever questions loom on the offensive side of the ball this season, Broncos Country can be confident in the back end of its secondary keeping them in the thick of every contest. In Harris Jr., Talib and Roby, the Denver Broncos have an embarrassment of riches that is the envy of league. The scary part of that is, they’re only looking to get better.