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John Fox wants plenty of cornerbacks

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In 2012, the team that picked up Peyton Manning in free agency will face quarterbacks like Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan, Matt Schaub, Carson Palmer, Tom Brady, and Philip Rivers.

All in the first six weeks of the season.

Then, it’s Drew Brees, Andy Dalton, Cam Newton, and Philip Rivers again.

So as the game tilts more toward passing and the Broncos’ schedule is skewed toward big-time quarterbacks, Broncos coach John Fox is looking to stock the shelves with plenty of cornerbacks.

“I don’t think you can ever have too many corners with a lot of the multiple receiver sets that you get — and we will get with the types of quarterbacks that we have on our schedule this year,” Fox said after Sunday’s rookie minicamp practice, via comments distributed by the team.  “That was problematic for us a year ago and hopefully with some good competition we can fix that.”

The Broncos have signed Tracy Porter and Drayton Florence, parting ways with 2011 starter Andre’ Goodman.

The Broncos also added via round four of the draft cornerback Omar Bolden, who would have gone higher if he hadn’t torn an ACL last spring.

“I think he had a good camp,” Fox said of Bolden.  “I thought he played well and he reacted to our install very well.  He has good football awareness and football intelligence.  It’s just a matter of learning to compete at this level at a consistent basis and I believe he can do that.”

Perhaps the best way to get all of the team’s defensive backs ready for the regular season will be to get some reps in practice against Peyton Manning, who if healthy is every bit as good if not better than every quarterback the Broncos will face this year.

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29 Responses to “John Fox wants plenty of cornerbacks”
  1. ken0west says: May 13, 2012 2:08 PM

    oh Nooooooo. Palmer? How did you put him in that sentence?

  2. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: May 13, 2012 2:09 PM

    And in other news, the Bears want more lineman and Jon Gruden wants more quarterbacks to “develop.”

  3. specialteamsposter says: May 13, 2012 2:15 PM

    I hate to say it but the Broncos’ season has mediocrity written all over it. Peyton won’t (can’t) be 100% of his old self, the receiving weapons aren’t there, and the schedule is more brutal than last year….when they grossly overachieved. I still think KC would have been a better fit for Peyton, and this is coming from a Lions fan.

  4. cakemixa says: May 13, 2012 2:15 PM

    Broncos will be 8-8 at best. Book it.

  5. jrfrom508 says: May 13, 2012 2:23 PM

    Gonna need fifty CBs to compete with Tom Brady and all of his weapons!! You can call it a ten-dime package or something, Mr. Fox!

  6. wrathofgodzilla says: May 13, 2012 2:47 PM

    So glad one of them isn’t that joker Andre Goodman. He had the most terrible reads on routes and got burned so often. Go Donx!

  7. mullman7675 says: May 13, 2012 2:53 PM

    oh Nooooooo. Palmer? How did you put him in that sentence?

     

    You don’t pay attention. The RAIDERS will win the division with Palmer leading the way.

  8. mistermayhem7 says: May 13, 2012 2:53 PM

    I’m predicting that the Brocos when the SB next year.

  9. mistermayhem7 says: May 13, 2012 2:54 PM

    Win damn autocorrect..

  10. thingamajig says: May 13, 2012 2:57 PM

    Quality > Quantity

  11. chrisjohnston10 says: May 13, 2012 3:11 PM

    The offense is going to need to score 30+ a game. No wonder the Broncos dumped Tebow and went with Manning.

  12. jomochiefsfan84 says: May 13, 2012 3:50 PM

    All I can say is broncos will not win the SB & all you raiders fans can keep dreaming about winning the division your team has been depleted!

  13. atwatercrushesokoye says: May 13, 2012 3:53 PM

    Let’s take Phyllis Rivers off the list, he lost his number 1 weapon and the Lord of no rings replaced him with a bunch of number 3/4 guys. And let’s not forget their broken down TE, who is a shell of his former self. I’m still wondering who he’s gonna shot put the ball to this year?

    As for the other teams, if you want to be the best you have to beat the best, if Denver can run this gauntlet and win the division then they’ll be very battle tested come playoff time.

    Since I’m a homer I think they will, Denver goes 11-5 and wins the division by 3 games.

  14. denverdave3 says: May 13, 2012 3:53 PM

    Big Bronco fan here, but gotta be realistic. 6-10 is likely. And if Elway doesn’t learn about value in a draft, they will struggle to get back to 8-8 for as long as he is in charge.

  15. jerseybrian3 says: May 13, 2012 4:15 PM

    Then why didn’t he part with a pick for asante?

  16. mojodoa says: May 13, 2012 4:38 PM

    denverdave3 says: May 13, 2012 3:53 PM

    Big Bronco fan here, but gotta be realistic. 6-10 is likely. And if Elway doesn’t learn about value in a draft, they will struggle to get back to 8-8 for as long as he is in charge.
    _____________________________

    You are correct sir.

  17. lolb23 says: May 13, 2012 5:31 PM

    Manning’s old bones won’t last in the frigid cold of Denver. No nice, and comfy 71 degrees dome there, Peyton.

  18. sliverandhack says: May 13, 2012 5:37 PM

    Cus Assante didn’t wnna play in the mile High. He wants big mooLa and woudnt get it from Mr. Elway.

  19. cannonballdookie says: May 13, 2012 6:06 PM

    I love seeing the thumbs downs for the people speaking the truth about Denver being a mediocre team. They have Peyton at QB, but they still aren’t built like the type of team Peyton is used to playing on. No back who can catch passes, mediocre TE, and mediocre WR’s. I don’t buy D Thomas as a number one, he just ran down the field and beat single coverage last year because everyone stacked the box since they passes 10 times a game. They may make the playoffs due to their awful division like last season, but don’t count on them winning a playoff game or being better than 9-7.

  20. baddorange says: May 13, 2012 6:54 PM

    Personally I am rooting against Manning, Fox and Elway.
    Go Eagles

  21. bronc24 says: May 13, 2012 8:39 PM

    Defence will be better , and O will score as long as Manning is upright. Tough schedule, so 9 or 10 wins , maybe division champs or wild card.

  22. socalbronco says: May 13, 2012 8:47 PM

    Peyton will be helped by a true commitment to the running game. Never the case in Indy, and it was always a big weakness in the playoffs as their smallish o-line got overwhelmed by better defenses.

  23. denverscott says: May 13, 2012 8:53 PM

    lolb23
    Tool, he’s younger than Elway was when he helicoptered his way to back to back superbowls.

  24. chrisjohnston10 says: May 13, 2012 9:13 PM

    socalbronco says:
    May 13, 2012 8:47 PM
    Peyton will be helped by a true commitment to the running game. Never the case in Indy, and it was always a big weakness in the playoffs as their smallish o-line got overwhelmed by better defenses.
    —————————————————
    Did you seriously just say Peyton Manning never had a running game in Indy? He played with Marshall Faulk in his rookie year and then played with Edgerrin James. Even Joseph Addai went over 1000 yds in his first two seasons.

  25. jjbadd says: May 13, 2012 10:39 PM

    I’m a Broncos fan, & the problem I see, isn’t what Denver is as a team, but what a few of you have failed to see. I’m more worried about both the Raiders & Chiefs, than about the Chargers! Denver will be fine, but I truly believe KC has gotten better on paper, as well as the Raiders, who have some good players! The AFC WEST will be the suprise of the 2012 NFL season..

  26. realdealsteel says: May 13, 2012 11:19 PM

    Sorry Bronco fans…

    They’ll be no playoff appearance this coming season. Not with that killer schedule.

  27. raiderkilla0 says: May 14, 2012 12:50 AM

    lolb23 you are a tool, the average temp for Denver games is in the 70’s. It gets super cold late in the year, but thats about a quarter of the season. Socalbronco you obviously havent watched much Indy games in the past ten years. Their running game SUCKED! Check the stats, Marshall Faulk is long gone and im pretty sure Edgerin James isnt going to the hall of fame anytime soon.

  28. zanderbough says: May 14, 2012 1:41 AM

    I was about to make a crack about Carson Palmer being even mentioned in the same sentence as those other guys, but the first comment beat me to it.

  29. joetoronto says: May 14, 2012 5:56 AM

    Fox then developed a new defense that includes 11 CB’s on the field at the same time.

    It’s called the “Foxy look.”

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