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  • New Denver Broncos defense aims to break (foes) more than it bends

    http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci...reak-foes-more


    The Broncos finished with the NFL's third-ranked defense in total yards allowed a season ago. Yet they ranked 16th in points allowed. They intercepted 18 passes but recovered only seven fumbles, tied for 22nd overall in that category.

    For all the contradictions swirling around the Broncos' defense, there remains an unassailable truth: Denver needs more break than bend and needs to create more havoc.

    "You won't see a square stance from a defensive lineman, so to speak, where he's reading the play," defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said. "This is an attack defense. I think people will be excited about this defense and how aggressive they play."

    Phillips brings a 3-4 alignment designed to exploit matchups. It starts on the defensive line. He inherits talent, not a reclamation project. The Broncos tied for ninth with 41 sacks, including a combined 24 from linebacker Von Miller and defensive end DeMarcus Ware. But they combined for only two sacks over the final five games, both by Miller.

    For raw ability, Miller has few peers. He can elude offensive tackles, overpower them and trick them. However, he becomes less dangerous against double teams. Therein lies the rub with Broncos fans. Under former coordinator Jack Del Rio, the Broncos remained reluctant to blitz even when unable to pressure quarterbacks in their base defense, a fact amplified in a humiliating home playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts.


    Denver finished 21st in sack percentage last season. Translation: The Broncos had home-run sluggers but let them get pitched around.

    There was no consistent fear.

    "The next level is where we all want to be," Ware said. "And to be viewed that way, we can only do that by producing more turnovers, fumbles, sacks, the big plays. We have experience together now, and it will only make us better."

    Adding defensive line coach Bill Kollar, who played the position in the NFL, could help. He replaces Jay Rodgers, who gave players desired freedom but lacked Kollar's background.

    Rushing outside linebackers form the cornerstones of the 3-4 defense. In Miller and Ware, Phillips has two players with success in the scheme (Ware posted 20 sacks for Phillips in 2008 with the Cowboys). And Miller owns a long history of varying blitzes and looks to create gaps for rushers.

    "That's what you are looking for: difference-makers," Phillips said. "You've got to utilize their talents. DeMarcus is a great talent. And with Von Miller, the arrow's going up. You can scheme enough to get somebody free at times."

    Miller craves a bigger role. He said multiple times last month that he wants freedom to roam and be more disruptive.

    "I should be tackling in space, running around, making plays," said Miller, who expects improvement since he won't be rehabbing his knee this offseason.

    The defense won't face an overhaul in personnel, but pressing questions persist. The 3-4 requires a stout presence in the middle. Terrance Knighton fits in every way. Pro Football Focus graded him ninth against the run among defensive tackles and nose tackles last season.

    A team captain and locker room leader, Knighton is a free agent. He said he will take less to remain in Denver, but there have been no contract talks this offseason. With the coaching staff set, the Broncos have just begun evaluating their personnel and needs.

    If Knighton reaches the open market next month, the Broncos will be hard-pressed to match a team offering, say, $30 million over five years. The Oakland Raiders are expected to pursue Knighton, and the Detroit Lions could have interest if Ndamukong Suh signs elsewhere.

    Knighton's exit would create a void and probably lead the Broncos to look at a player such as Arizona's Dan Williams in free agency. More depth is required at linebacker, but a healthy Brandon Marshall — "He played really well last year," Phillips said — and Danny Trevathan bring sound tackling.

    As Phillips figures out the line and linebackers, he can take comfort in his defensive backs. The Broncos boast arguably the league's best cornerback tandem in Chris Harris and Aqib Talib, and rookie Bradley Roby improved and impressed throughout the season. All embrace the challenge of man-to-man defense, which should allow Phillips to find ways to send and disguise blitzes.

    Even if free safety Rahim Moore, who had four interceptions last season, is lost in free agency, strong safety T.J. Ward returns with a purpose.

    "Last year is done, man. It's over," Ward said. "I want to do whatever helps us win. If they want us to blitz and be more aggressive, then let's do it. We will be ready. The goal to win a championship hasn't changed."

  • #2
    I for one think our defense takes a step up next year

    The last coaches were asking players to do things they were not good at

    Wade will scheme things so players are doing what they are good at
    Time to build on the win and grow the team from some solid play higher level of play

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Hadez View Post
      I for one think our defense takes a step up next year

      The last coaches were asking players to do things they were not good at

      Wade will scheme things so players are doing what they are good at
      Our defense will seem like it was being held back compared to the way our current staff will utilize the players.
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      • #4
        I love this. 2005 and 2012 were my favorite seasons as far as defense goes, and I hope we can be as aggressive as we were in 2005.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bterres105 View Post
          I love this. 2005 and 2012 were my favorite seasons as far as defense goes, and I hope we can be as aggressive as we were in 2005.
          I like how Wade talks about the 1991 team in his presser. We had a straight nasty 3-4 defense with allot of players who were extremely talented but some do not even remember.

          Wade brings up that team had allot of difference makers and in another part of his interviews he brings up this team has difference makers.

          I think Wade is licking his chops at coaching this defense.
          Time to build on the win and grow the team from some solid play higher level of play

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Hadez View Post
            I for one think our defense takes a step up next year

            The last coaches were asking players to do things they were not good at

            Wade will scheme things so players are doing what they are good at
            Totally agree, I think last year the players were not put in the best positions for there talents and that will change this year along with being much more of a proactive D rather than Reactive. I couldn't stand that part last year. With our corners why we didn't play more man to man baffled me along with the lack blitzing when we couldn't get pressure. I could do without the rushing three and giving them all day on 3rd and long and definitely would not like to see us drop our best rushers into coverage.

            I am really looking forward to this year, I can't. I think we have the personnel to be an aggressive attacking D, we just havent utilized them that way. I thoroughly believe Wade will. I am very excited to see Wade's D paired with Kubes O. I think its going to be a great season.
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            • #7
              What a (hopefully not) prophetic article title. I could easily see this turning into one of those articles you look back on, in a year or two, and say "DOH!! :doh:"

              Even with the flaws our defense/coordinator had, he did turn us into an almost literal brick wall, for run defense. If we can't defend the run as well, the defense could easily do a lot more "breaking" than we'd like.

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              • #8
                Having the DBs To play 6-8 or more yards off the LOS on 3Rd and 5 was an automatic first down unless the reciever flat dropped the ball.
                JDR was so worried about getting beat deep he did not allow the CBs to play to their natural ability.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Garfield View Post
                  Having the DBs To play 6-8 or more yards off the LOS on 3Rd and 5 was an automatic first down unless the reciever flat dropped the ball.
                  JDR was so worried about getting beat deep he did not allow the CBs to play to their natural ability.
                  I agree he was a very conservative coach, I love his run defense but he sacrificed any creativity or disruption to stop the run. All season I was yelling at him to just unleash the beasts and attack, instead he spent the whole year sitting back and reacting. I am personally excited to see a one gap attack instead of a 2 gap react with the players we have.
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