Originally Posted by tooge
Not really the bottom line. the bottom line is this:
the brocos defense was what it was, because opposing teams had to decide which side to double team, and had to leave one guy one on one. Also, opposing QB's didn't have much time to pick on the old man playing corner or the lame safeties, so the pass defense was solid simply because of two players. Now, one of them is gone and old Freeney and old Abraham aren't anywhere near the pass rushing talent that Dumerville is.
This was a huge loss for the Donks, similar to when the chiefs let Jared Allen walk.
This is a big loss, but based on the priority that Elway has placed on pass rush, I'd be surprised if they didn't address it seriously. Of course, that will take resources that could have been used to improve other areas of the team.