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    ESPN Jeffri Chadiha - Elvis Dumervil glad Broncos put question of his size behind them

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil found plenty of welcome sights when he returned to the field this preseason after missing all of 2010 with a torn pectoral muscle. He had a defensive-minded head coach, John Fox, for the first time in his six-year career. He was returning to his preferred spot as a defensive end in the 4-3 defense after spending the previous two years as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Most importantly, he started to see that size really didn't matter that much when it came to playing on the edge of an NFL defensive line.

    For years, the 5-foot-11, 260-pound Dumervil had been told directly or indirectly that his diminutive stature would be a hindrance in the league. This season he's finally entering camp with the belief that such questions are actually behind him. Dumervil already had 43 career sacks -- including a career-high 17 in 2009 -- to prove what a little man could do in a big world. Now he has more support than ever from a coaching staff that believes he's at his best with his hand on the ground.

    Dumervil doesn't think this is a coincidence, either. It has just as much to do with the success of other small pass-rushers cut from a similar mold.

    "Just look at the guys around the league," Dumervil said. "You've got Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis in Indianapolis. You've got James Harrison in Pittsburgh. We're not the biggest guys in the world, but we know how to play with leverage and handle the run. That's what matters."

    What Dumervil knows as well as anybody else is that the smaller you are in this league, the more you generally have to remind people why you belong. That was the case for years with running backs until stars like Tiki Barber and Warrick Dunn proved they could be more than darting, change-of-pace ball carriers. The same was true of linebackers before Pro Bowlers like Ian Gold and Dexter Coakley started making names for themselves. These days, it's the pass-rushing position that is preparing for a makeover, primarily because offenses have changed so dramatically.

    Teams are spreading out defenses and capitalizing on rules that favor the passing game more than ever. In turn, players like Dumervil become more vital, and teams become less likely to fret over how smaller ends will hold up against the run.


    "You want faster, athletic guys on the defensive line, and we thought that approach really worked with what we already had here," said Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen. "What they did in the past was take players who were defensive ends and turn them into outside linebackers. At the end of the day, we're putting people back in their natural positions."
    There are plenty of people who would argue that Dumervil did just fine as an outside linebacker after he led the NFL in sacks and made his first Pro Bowl in 2009. What Allen and Fox will tell you is that numbers don't tell the entire story with him.

    "Elvis actually played better in the 4-3," Fox said. "That's because he has the speed and the leverage to create problems [as a defensive end]. It used to be that you had to be 6-5 and 280 pounds to play defensive end. That's not the case anymore."

    That's welcome news for Dumervil, who has spent most of his career dealing with the frustrations that accompany his size. He wasn't selected until the fourth round of the 2006 draft, even though he dominated as a pass-rusher at Louisville. After proving himself in his first three seasons in Denver, he was dealt another blow after the team hired head coach Josh McDaniels. The Broncos subsequently installed the 3-4 defense, drafted pass-rusher Robert Ayers in the first round of the 2009 draft and essentially told Dumervil he had to fight for his job.

    Although Dumervil played well enough to earn a six-year, $61.5 million extension heading into 2010, he feels slighted by his treatment in McDaniels' first season.

    "I'd had 8.5 sacks my first season and 12.5 in my second year, but they probably had some doubts after my third year," said Dumervil, who did play as a 4-3 defensive end on passing downs under McDaniels. "I only had five sacks, and they decided to change the whole philosophy. I was sitting behind Ayers on the depth chart when training camp started that year. If he hadn't held out, I might not have had the time to show what I could do."

    Those days are over for Dumervil. Although Ayers is still trying to find his way in the league, Dumervil is being hailed as the key to the Broncos' hopes of turning around the league's worst defense in 2010. Denver already has watched three defensive tackles -- Ty Warren, Marcus Thomas and Brodrick Bunkley -- suffer preseason injuries. And outside linebacker D.J. Williams could be sidelined for a month with a dislocated right elbow. If Dumervil isn't ready to return to an elite level, the Broncos' rebuilding effort will be moving at a disappointing pace.

    Dumervil already has done his part by adding 15 pounds and impressing the Broncos' coaches with his training camp efforts. That may have plenty to do with his appreciation for playing again, but other factors are at play as well. Dumervil finally has returned to a place in his career where size is merely an afterthought. As far as he's concerned, the only thing that matters these days is how big he continues to play.

    If there is will, there is a way ...

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    Leading the league in sacks in 2009 didn't hurt his cause either!
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    • #3
      Getting Dum back is huge. Our pass rush will be far better than last years as long he's in the lineup.

      However, I am still concerned about his performance against the run. Throughout his career he has for the most part, been one dimensional. But man, is he good at that one dimension!
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      • #4
        And now he's back, bigger and badder than ever. Bring the ruckus Doom!!!
        HE>i

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        • #5
          They say this cat Doom is a bad mother...
          Ravens GM 2016 - Ravens are looking to trade down 4-8 spots

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          • #6
            Originally posted by giv View Post
            ESPN Jeffri Chadiha - Elvis Dumervil glad Broncos put question of his size behind them

            ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil found plenty of welcome sights when he returned to the field this preseason after missing all of 2010 with a torn pectoral muscle. He had a defensive-minded head coach, John Fox, for the first time in his six-year career. He was returning to his preferred spot as a defensive end in the 4-3 defense after spending the previous two years as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Most importantly, he started to see that size really didn't matter that much when it came to playing on the edge of an NFL defensive line.

            For years, the 5-foot-11, 260-pound Dumervil had been told directly or indirectly that his diminutive stature would be a hindrance in the league. This season he's finally entering camp with the belief that such questions are actually behind him. Dumervil already had 43 career sacks -- including a career-high 17 in 2009 -- to prove what a little man could do in a big world. Now he has more support than ever from a coaching staff that believes he's at his best with his hand on the ground.

            Dumervil doesn't think this is a coincidence, either. It has just as much to do with the success of other small pass-rushers cut from a similar mold.

            "Just look at the guys around the league," Dumervil said. "You've got Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis in Indianapolis. You've got James Harrison in Pittsburgh. We're not the biggest guys in the world, but we know how to play with leverage and handle the run. That's what matters."

            What Dumervil knows as well as anybody else is that the smaller you are in this league, the more you generally have to remind people why you belong. That was the case for years with running backs until stars like Tiki Barber and Warrick Dunn proved they could be more than darting, change-of-pace ball carriers. The same was true of linebackers before Pro Bowlers like Ian Gold and Dexter Coakley started making names for themselves. These days, it's the pass-rushing position that is preparing for a makeover, primarily because offenses have changed so dramatically.

            Teams are spreading out defenses and capitalizing on rules that favor the passing game more than ever. In turn, players like Dumervil become more vital, and teams become less likely to fret over how smaller ends will hold up against the run.


            "You want faster, athletic guys on the defensive line, and we thought that approach really worked with what we already had here," said Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen. "What they did in the past was take players who were defensive ends and turn them into outside linebackers. At the end of the day, we're putting people back in their natural positions."
            There are plenty of people who would argue that Dumervil did just fine as an outside linebacker after he led the NFL in sacks and made his first Pro Bowl in 2009. What Allen and Fox will tell you is that numbers don't tell the entire story with him.

            "Elvis actually played better in the 4-3," Fox said. "That's because he has the speed and the leverage to create problems [as a defensive end]. It used to be that you had to be 6-5 and 280 pounds to play defensive end. That's not the case anymore."

            That's welcome news for Dumervil, who has spent most of his career dealing with the frustrations that accompany his size. He wasn't selected until the fourth round of the 2006 draft, even though he dominated as a pass-rusher at Louisville. After proving himself in his first three seasons in Denver, he was dealt another blow after the team hired head coach Josh McDaniels. The Broncos subsequently installed the 3-4 defense, drafted pass-rusher Robert Ayers in the first round of the 2009 draft and essentially told Dumervil he had to fight for his job.

            Although Dumervil played well enough to earn a six-year, $61.5 million extension heading into 2010, he feels slighted by his treatment in McDaniels' first season.

            "I'd had 8.5 sacks my first season and 12.5 in my second year, but they probably had some doubts after my third year," said Dumervil, who did play as a 4-3 defensive end on passing downs under McDaniels. "I only had five sacks, and they decided to change the whole philosophy. I was sitting behind Ayers on the depth chart when training camp started that year. If he hadn't held out, I might not have had the time to show what I could do."

            Those days are over for Dumervil. Although Ayers is still trying to find his way in the league, Dumervil is being hailed as the key to the Broncos' hopes of turning around the league's worst defense in 2010. Denver already has watched three defensive tackles -- Ty Warren, Marcus Thomas and Brodrick Bunkley -- suffer preseason injuries. And outside linebacker D.J. Williams could be sidelined for a month with a dislocated right elbow. If Dumervil isn't ready to return to an elite level, the Broncos' rebuilding effort will be moving at a disappointing pace.

            Dumervil already has done his part by adding 15 pounds and impressing the Broncos' coaches with his training camp efforts. That may have plenty to do with his appreciation for playing again, but other factors are at play as well. Dumervil finally has returned to a place in his career where size is merely an afterthought. As far as he's concerned, the only thing that matters these days is how big he continues to play.

            If there is will, there is a way ...
            I guess the part in bold should put to rest an argument that Mcd-bag did not favor his own picks, ala KM over Hillis.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JCJE View Post
              I guess the part in bold should put to rest an argument that Mcd-bag did not favor his own picks, ala KM over Hillis.
              Dumervil Led the league in sacks under McD. Your argument is false.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by JCJE View Post
                I guess the part in bold should put to rest an argument that Mcd-bag did not favor his own picks, ala KM over Hillis.
                Most people don't remember that Ayers was actually drafted to REPLACE DOOM. Ayers and Haggan were suppose to be the starting OLBs, but when DOOM EXPLODED for 17.5 sacks, how could you justify not re-signing him
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MH Stampede View Post
                  Getting Dum back is huge. Our pass rush will be far better than last years as long he's in the lineup.

                  However, I am still concerned about his performance against the run. Throughout his career he has for the most part, been one dimensional. But man, is he good at that one dimension!
                  Our pass rush will be improved as long as he & Miller stay healthy. Plus, so far this PS he's looking better against the run
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by JW7 View Post
                    Dumervil Led the league in sacks under McD. Your argument is false.
                    dude are you daft? Reread the part in bold. McD-bag immediately placed Ayers (his draft pick) in front of Elivs on the depth chart.

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                    • #11
                      My first thought when I read this was "Oh, thank God! An article not about QB drama!"
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                      • #12
                        ESPN: 'Small'-minded thinking (Dumervil)

                        Glad to have him back healthy!

                        http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/69...roncos-defense

                        ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil found plenty of welcome sights when he returned to the field this preseason after missing all of 2010 with a torn pectoral muscle. He had a defensive-minded head coach, John Fox, for the first time in his six-year career. He was returning to his preferred spot as a defensive end in the 4-3 defense after spending the previous two years as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Most importantly, he started to see that size really didn't matter that much when it came to playing on the edge of an NFL defensive line.


                        For years, the 5-foot-11, 260-pound Dumervil had been told directly or indirectly that his diminutive stature would be a hindrance in the league. This season he's finally entering camp with the belief that such questions are actually behind him. Dumervil already had 43 career sacks -- including a career-high 17 in 2009 -- to prove what a little man could do in a big world. Now he has more support than ever from a coaching staff that believes he's at his best with his hand on the ground.

                        Dumervil doesn't think this is a coincidence, either. It has just as much to do with the success of other small pass-rushers cut from a similar mold.

                        "Just look at the guys around the league," Dumervil said. "You've got Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis in Indianapolis. You've got James Harrison in Pittsburgh. We're not the biggest guys in the world, but we know how to play with leverage and handle the run. That's what matters."

                        What Dumervil knows as well as anybody else is that the smaller you are in this league, the more you generally have to remind people why you belong. That was the case for years with running backs until stars like Tiki Barber and Warrick Dunn proved they could be more than darting, change-of-pace ball carriers. The same was true of linebackers before Pro Bowlers like Ian Gold and Dexter Coakley started making names for themselves. These days, it's the pass-rushing position that is preparing for a makeover, primarily because offenses have changed so dramatically.


                        Teams are spreading out defenses and capitalizing on rules that favor the passing game more than ever. In turn, players like Dumervil become more vital, and teams become less likely to fret over how smaller ends will hold up against the run.


                        "You want faster, athletic guys on the defensive line, and we thought that approach really worked with what we already had here," said Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen. "What they did in the past was take players who were defensive ends and turn them into outside linebackers. At the end of the day, we're putting people back in their natural positions."

                        There are plenty of people who would argue that Dumervil did just fine as an outside linebacker after he led the NFL in sacks and made his first Pro Bowl in 2009. What Allen and Fox will tell you is that numbers don't tell the entire story with him.

                        "Elvis actually played better in the 4-3," Fox said. "That's because he has the speed and the leverage to create problems [as a defensive end]. It used to be that you had to be 6-5 and 280 pounds to play defensive end. That's not the case anymore."


                        That's welcome news for Dumervil, who has spent most of his career dealing with the frustrations that accompany his size. He wasn't selected until the fourth round of the 2006 draft, even though he dominated as a pass-rusher at Louisville. After proving himself in his first three seasons in Denver, he was dealt another blow after the team hired head coach Josh McDaniels. The Broncos subsequently installed the 3-4 defense, drafted pass-rusher Robert Ayers in the first round of the 2009 draft and essentially told Dumervil he had to fight for his job.

                        Although Dumervil played well enough to earn a six-year, $61.5 million extension heading into 2010, he feels slighted by his treatment in McDaniels' first season.

                        "I'd had 8.5 sacks my first season and 12.5 in my second year, but they probably had some doubts after my third year," said Dumervil, who did play as a 4-3 defensive end on passing downs under McDaniels. "I only had five sacks, and they decided to change the whole philosophy. I was sitting behind Ayers on the depth chart when training camp started that year. If he hadn't held out, I might not have had the time to show what I could do."

                        Those days are over for Dumervil. Although Ayers is still trying to find his way in the league, Dumervil is being hailed as the key to the Broncos' hopes of turning around the league's worst defense in 2010. Denver already has watched three defensive tackles -- Ty Warren, Marcus Thomas and Brodrick Bunkley -- suffer preseason injuries. And outside linebacker D.J. Williams could be sidelined for a month with a dislocated right elbow. If Dumervil isn't ready to return to an elite level, the Broncos' rebuilding effort will be moving at a disappointing pace.

                        Dumervil already has done his part by adding 15 pounds and impressing the Broncos' coaches with his training camp efforts. That may have plenty to do with his appreciation for playing again, but other factors are at play as well. Dumervil finally has returned to a place in his career where size is merely an afterthought. As far as he's concerned, the only thing that matters these days is how big he continues to play.


                        Senior writer Jeffri Chadiha covers the NFL for ESPN.com.
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                        • #13
                          Was posted last night: http://forums.denverbroncos.com/showthread.php?t=192600

                          Good article though.
                          The human body has two ends on it: one to create with and one to sit on. Sometimes people get their ends reversed. When this happens they need a kick in the seat of the pants. --- Theodore Roosevelt

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by tnedator View Post
                            Was posted last night: http://forums.denverbroncos.com/showthread.php?t=192600

                            Good article though.
                            My bad. Thanks.
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                            • #15
                              I was sitting behind Ayers on the depth chart when training camp started that year. If he hadn't held out, I might not have had the time to show what I could do."
                              Just shows what a complete idiot McD was at judging talent.

                              Imagine both Hillis AND Doom not getting the time they deserved because of Ayers and Moreno.

                              Seriously whoever told Bowlen McD would be a good fit for OUR team needs to forever keep their mouth shut!! *cough Ellis*

                              Yea I know Bowlen owns the team but my bet if you asked him he would say it is our team
                              Time to build on the win and grow the team from some solid play higher level of play

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