With Adam Gase staying on board for the Denver Broncos in 2014, Jack Del Rio has decided to join in as well.
The Broncos defensive coordinator signed a new two-year deal Thursday night, which will be finalized Friday (according to denverpost.com). While Del Rio’s defense was questionable at best this season, having the same guy headlining the defense in 2014 may not be such a bad move. Remember that the defense lost quite a few key starters through the course of the season and with all the members returning healthy for the new season, plus perhaps some new faces, this could be a dominate defense once again.
I believe that the play of the defense leading up to their Super Bowl meltdown was what led to the Broncos deciding to bring back Del Rio. A defense that allowed just an average of 16.5 points during the AFC Playoffs could have played a factor, plus the 15 points on average just in the final two weeks of the regular season. You know what they say, it is not how you start, it is how you finish.
I believe that this is a smart move by the Broncos. Del Rio deserves some credit for the season. Perhaps what ultimately helped as well was his performance as the interim head coach, where he posted a 3-1 record in John Fox‘s absence. Even though the Broncos did not do so well defensively in the Super Bowl, looking at what they did in the first quarter, the defensive unit did a solid job at keeping the team in the game. Del Rio also knows how to run a defense. Do not forget that his squad was the second ranked defense back in 2012, so they have the potential to do it again.
With a new deal in place and key players returning from injury, look for Del Rio and his defense to be even better in 2014.