With the 2008 season in the books, Football Outsiders is going division by division, applying its unique brand of analysis to one key question for each team. Today: the AFC West.
Denver: How do historically bad defenses rebound?
Denver may have hired a young offensive mastermind (Josh McDaniels) as its new head coach, but the problem in 2008 was clearly defense. Based on Football Outsiders' advanced DVOA ratings (explained here) Denver had the second-worst defense of any team since 1995. (The worst defense also played this year, in Detroit.)