1. Is Von Miller the right choice?
This may be the furthest thing from the minds of most of in Broncos Country. Von Miller was an unstoppable force for Texas A&M in 2009, but that doesn’t guarantee it will translate to the next level. He’s the prototypical outside linebacker; he has size and most importantly speed off the corner. And a more crucial query than if he can play, is he can play alongside Elvis.
2. Will Elvis Dumervil be his usual self?
Losing Elvis on the first day of training camp sent the Broncos in a downward spiral that never stopped in 2010. Luckily, that can’t happen again. (Training camp is delayed by the lockout.)
3. Defensive tackle still a problem spot?
Jamal Williams was supposed to fill the hole in the middle of the defense last year. The only thing he did do was fill the #76 jersey to the brim. Now Williams is no longer in Denver and the staple of the 3-4 defense is up for grabs.
4. Could John Fox solve the problem?
He came from the only team in the NFL that was worse. He has more issues to fix than Ron Artest’s psychiatrist. But his pedigree is great and he could be just the right guy to turn the franchise back into what it once was.
5. Can John Elway be a good executive?
We all know Elway cannot throw any touchdowns for the Owners box, but his influence on the team could go either way. He could play puppetmaster, and get away with it, or he could smile and make the occasional move and get the team back on track.
6. Will Demaryius Thomas rebound?
20,000 Leagues Under the Seadoesn’t know the pressure that Thomas felt getting drafted before ‘The Chosen One’. He was injured a year ago and Denver never really saw his true potential.
7. Who’s [THE QUARTERBACK] going to throw it to?
Brandon Lloyd snuck up on everyone even though he was leading the league in receiving for much of the year. Don’t expect this to be the case in 2011. And with the departure of Daniel Graham there will need to be more than one player that step ups in the passing game.
8. Who is going to carry the ball at RB?
Once upon a time the Broncos running backs were as ripe and plentiful as a southern Georgia peach farm. Now Knowshon Moreno is #1 on the depth charts, but it feels the confidence that Denver fans have in him are as tall as a bonsai bush.
9. Ryan Clady back is his usual self?
Along with many other Broncos, Clady battled off some nagging injuries last year. He is more than capable of being an All-Pro tackle, but he is now a senior leader on a young Broncos front-five. And a possible change of position could be in store depending on the quarterback leading the team.
10. Tim Tebow or Kyle Orton?
The ever-present question for a team; Play for the ‘Now’ or the ‘Future’? Kyle Orton was having, statistically, an above par season before his injury. But people are not going to be happy to see #15 in a visor while playing Sudoku on a clipboard. Will cooler heads prevail or is the pressure to play Tebow too much?
11. Are the fans excited?