Broncos secondary is new, yet still old

By: AP/11 Sports
By: AP/11 Sports

The Denver Broncos' new secondary is rather old.

Joining Champ Bailey, 31, in the team's retooled defensive backfield are free agents Brian Dawkins, 35, Andre' Goodman, 31, and Renaldo Hill, 30.

The four thirtysomethings are being counted upon to lead the revival of a Denver defense that was nothing short of dismal last year. That defense managed but a smidgen of big plays and takeaways and helping cost coach Mike Shanahan his job after 14 seasons.

While some observers across the league see four graybeards who have undoubtedly lost a step, the Broncos behold a foursome with 42 years' worth of collective NFL experience, 15 Pro Bowl selections and 104 interceptions.

Defensive backs coach Ed Donatell loves having four guys with this kind of background in his backfield.

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