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    Denver Broncos Linebacker Steven Johnson Deserves More Looks

    BY STEVE COULTER - DEC 18TH, 2013 AT 9:50 AM

    With the national spotlight shining down on the Denver Broncos defense, back up linebacker Steven Johnson made arguably the most important play of the season.

    Johnson, an undrafted second-year pro out of Kansas and a havoc-wrecker on special teams, made the most of his three-play opportunity that Sunday night, coming across the gap to stop Chiefs’ running back Jamaal Charles and to force fourth down at the one yard line.

    The play happened exactly a month ago.

    If Johnson was a step slower reading the play, Kansas City would have converted the easy touchdown opportunity and tied the game, and potentially go onto win it and take full control of the AFC West.

    Instead, the Chiefs settled for a field goal and Denver went on to win 27-17, taking reign over the division in front of their home crowd.

    Since, Johnson has been relegated back to his former duties of riding the bench on defense and making almost every other play on special teams.

    He’s been described as a ready-to-go-at-any-moment type of player, who shows — like he did against Kansas City on that third and one play — why he should be on the football field more and doesn’t complain when he’s not.

    With the Broncos’ coaching staff scrambling to fix the inconsistencies on defense, it’s surprising, if not offensive, that Denver hasn’t given a player of Johnson’s potential a starting opportunity yet.

    “I love my role on the team,” Johnson said after the win on Nov. 17. “We’ve got a lot of good linebackers. I’m just another one of the guys who comes in every day and works hard and waits for my opportunity. It’ll come one day.”

    The problem is Johnson shouldn’t have to wait anymore.

    Head coach John Fox has made it be known that their are problems on defense — targeting linebacker Wesley Woodyard and Duke Ihenacho, specifically, but failing to produce adequate personnel to quell the compiling concerns.

    Also worth noting — a topic Fox hasn’t brought to light, and almost all media members have avoided — is the team’s lack of a vocal leader on the defensive side of the ball. Players like Von Miller, Champ Bailey and Woodyard are known as “quiet leaders,” but there needs to be a loud man out there who can spark some spirit in what has become a dull, aggression-depleted group of players.

    Johnson can be that player, and most likely will become him next season unless the Broncos spend a high draft pick on a linebacker, which they haven’t done since picking DJ Williams in the first round in 2004.

    On the current depth chart, Johnson plays behind Danny Trevathan — another second year pro, who has earned his spot in the starting lineup.

    With that said, if Fox is comfortable giving players such as Paris Lenon looks at middle linebacker, then he should be willing to shift Johnson from outside to inside — even if only for a few plays.

    If you re-watch the tackle Johnson made on Charles — and yes, it’s only one play, then you can see that Johnson read the play like a middle linebacker and has the instincts to play the position, although its not his natural one.

    On a team led by a record-setting Peyton Manning, it may sound preposterous that a small-time, special teams player like Johnson could be the difference between Super Bowl or bust, but the stakes are too high not to give the man more looks over the next few weeks. If the team isn’t happy with its defensive production — and it shouldn’t be — that means every player on defense should be in the rotation until the best 11 are found and put on the field.

    And based on last Thursday’s performance, that unit has still yet to be found.

    Luckily for the Broncos, they may have a star in the making in Steven Johnson. All he needs is the opportunity.

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  • #2
    Interesting read....I guess if he is suited up why not try him in some sub packages to start?
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    • #3
      possibly. that would be terrific. just seems to be a lot of hope in this article like we are going to find another TD or something that nobody saw.

      but i feel like WW is getting a bit shafted. let him play and get a hold of the D again. this whole D and WW thing reminds me of "back up QB syndrome".

      on the other hand, thro him in there a few series, see what happens. but it would really stink if that cost us the AFCW and the #1 seed.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by JerseyAdam View Post
        possibly. that would be terrific. just seems to be a lot of hope in this article like we are going to find another TD or something that nobody saw.

        but i feel like WW is getting a bit shafted. let him play and get a hold of the D again. this whole D and WW thing reminds me of "back up QB syndrome".

        on the other hand, thro him in there a few series, see what happens. but it would really stink if that cost us the AFCW and the #1 seed.
        Wait, I'm a little confused by your post. Are you saying that throwing him in there might cost us the AFCW and #1 or not trying him out could cost us. I wasn't sure which strategy you are referring to.
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        • #5
          As of late, we've been experimenting with the defense. Why not throw him out there for a series or two!
          Can't be worse than Paris Lemon
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          • #6
            We continue to give scrubs like Bolden and Jammer more looks. Not sure why Johnson hasn't seen the same. He can't be any worse than Paris Lenon.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by broncoslover115 View Post
              Wait, I'm a little confused by your post. Are you saying that throwing him in there might cost us the AFCW and #1 or not trying him out could cost us. I wasn't sure which strategy you are referring to.
              i really think JDR should stick with WW.

              BUT, if he is going to take a chance as the article is debating, throw johnson in there for a few series, not plays. i'm also saying if that experiment ended up to cost us a game, in turn the division and falling from the #1 seed, that my friend, would be cruddy.

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              • #8
                The scary thing is, it's possible to be worse than Lenon. I mean, someone could be slower, less in tune with the communication terminology, less aware on the field, more nervous, and more injury prone. Sometimes a guy makes one play, then a mistake and loses all confidence.

                Free Agents not on a team are probably worse than Lenon.

                99% of college LB's are probably worse than Lenon.

                The whole "[insert guy] can't be worse than [insert other guy]!" isn't a statement based in reality.

                If the coaches, who watch this guy every day, feel he is a better choice, they will play him.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JerseyAdam View Post
                  i really think JDR should stick with WW.

                  BUT, if he is going to take a chance as the article is debating, throw johnson in there for a few series, not plays. i'm also saying if that experiment ended up to cost us a game, in turn the division and falling from the #1 seed, that my friend, would be cruddy.
                  Gotcha. I wish Woody was back in there as well. When he's not, the Dline seems confused.
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                  • #10
                    Unfortunately, Fox will ride Paris Lenon into the ground. Lenon blows, Woody or Johnson would be better options. Fox has done this garbage since his Carolina days, he refuses to give the youngsters a shot. It will be our downfall I'm afraid!

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                    • #11
                      I forgot all about that dude, he was awesome,,, give the guy a chance to make some more plays, seems like he plays smarter then 50% of the people we have out there anyway,
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                      • #12
                        This article is a bit ridiculous, and since when is Woody quiet?

                        I dont think it's coincidence Woody's dip in effectiveness coincides with Big Vic going out.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Al Wilson 4 Mayor View Post
                          This article is a bit ridiculous, and since when is Woody quiet?

                          I dont think it's coincidence Woody's dip in effectiveness coincides with Big Vic going out.
                          I agree with you. If this guy was showing it in practice, he would be playing.. PERIOD.
                          res ipsa loquitur

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                          • #14
                            I personally hate the fact that Woodyard isn't playing. I think our defense is much better with him on the field and many others on here feel the same way. With that being said with the way Paris Lenon has played I think we should at leave give Johnson more looks. I know Johnson is and outside linebacker but in his limited snaps he has played over the past two years I have thought he reads the run very well and I've been impressed with his play on special teams as well. I don't have a clue how well he is in coverage but I don't think it can hurt to give him a try, even if it's just one half or one game.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by CoronaCalBronco View Post
                              I agree with you. If this guy was showing it in practice, he would be playing.. PERIOD.
                              Duke showed it in Practice last year but didn't see the FIELD until this year.

                              Joe Mays showed that he was as clueless as a middle school LB and yet he started for almost 5 freaking games.

                              S. Johnson was our leading tackler in the pre-season a year ago at MLB and never got a shot over Mays or Brooking.... Even though Mays look like utter trash.

                              Chris Harris who was straight up Balling, took them forever to see that Harris could be the our nickel corner.... When we finally did get our heads out of our rear ends, which just so hapend to be at the same time when Tebow replaced Orton, we freaking got on a roll..

                              But yeah the coaches always know what they are doing right?.... Because obviously they guys are not showing it in Practice?... W/E


                              Bottom line is while Woody is out trying to get healthy S. Johnson should be in there not that freaking dinosaur.
                              Last edited by SammyWinder; 12-19-2013, 02:08 AM.

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