The aftermath of Lynch's departure

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

With John Lynch leaving the Denver Broncos, the team will likely use Hamza Abdullah and Marlon McCree in the starting lineup at safety.

Lynch was working with Abdullah at safety and McCree was working in nickel and dime packages with Abdullah. McCree, a former Charger, was signed this winter. The team is very high on Abdullah. He is a hard hitter and is decent in coverage.

Meanwhile, Denver will miss Lynch's leadership. His departure comes six days after Rod Smith officially retired. They were the undisputed leaders of the team. Last year, middle linebacker Al Wilson was cut, leaving another leadership void.

The team's best players, quarterback Jay Cutler and cornerback Champ Bailey, are not overly vocal on the field. Vocal leaders will need to develop in Denver as the team goes through another transition.