Goodman peaking along with the Broncos
New head coach John Fox and his staff had done some housecleaning. Holdovers like Renaldo Hill, Nate Jones and Perrish Cox - all members of last year’s secondary - were cut. Goodman survived in part because of his deep resume as a cover corner and because Broncos staff went back to the 2009 tape, when he played his second straight 16-game season, to get a better read on his abilities.
“Obviously just watching him in camp, without having an offseason, I think all of our guys were a little rusty coming in initially,’’ Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen said. “But I think probably about halfway through camp you realized he still had the ability to cover and he was getting his legs back under him.’‘
Those legs spent much of the offseason on the track, as Goodman ran countless sprints and did endurance work to try to strengthen the muscles that had failed him the previous season.
An increase in man-to-man coverage helped him rediscover his comfort zone.
Show me a corner that doesn't want more man-to-man coverage, and I'll show you a safety.
Sprint-interval training. It does a body good.