Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons thinks his group is “actually close” to returning to the playoffs. The fifth-year safety’s positive outlook for a postseason run results from the upgrades on the lineup as well as with offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur as well as protective organizer Ed Donatell returning for one more season.
” We’re ultimately having a year where we’re having planners come back as well as people know with the schemes and also the systems, both on crime and defense as well as on unique groups,” Simmons said on NFL Network.
Simmons was composed in 2016, the period after the Broncos won Super Bowl 50. Throughout his newbie period, the group went 9-7, which was the last time they had a winning record. Since then, Denver is 23-41 in the last four seasons. Regardless of missing out on the postseason for the last 5 years, Simmons is confident the team will be able to place it all with each other this season.
” I seem like this might be the year and also I’m actually thrilled for that. I’ve been craving it ever since I entered the league– 9-7 is the closest I’ve been. And so, I’m actually looking forward to this period,” he stated.
For the Broncos playoff dreams to find real, they need to improve in their division. Last period, Denver was 1-5 in the AFC West with the only win being the 31-30 resurgence victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.
” In our division, we got groups like the ( Kansas City) Chiefs, the ( Los Angeles) Raiders as well as the Chargers, those are some high-powered offenses. So, we’re going to need a defense that’s ready to go week in and also week out due to the fact that we play the best in our department,” Simmons stated.
The Broncos defense is expected to be among the strengths of the team, with the free agent signing of cornerbacks Kyle Fuller and also Ronald Darby, as well as drafting Patrick Surtain in the first-round. Additionally, with Von Miller coming back from an ankle injury, which wiped out his 2020 season, Simmons sees a defense that can be the most effective in the NFL.
” In terms of group protective goals, we want to be No. 1. We have the ability throughout the board to be able to get after the quarterback, get some turnovers, that’s an area that we’ve had a hard time in the previous couple years. We’re just truly looking ahead to contending out there and going versus some of the finest offenses in the league. Like I claimed, from a defensive point ofview, we seem like we can be No. 1, and so that’s our objective,” he said.