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    I do not usually post stuff from Denverbroncos.com...I assume people read it

    Keep hearing how we need specific players for our defense. A while ago we saw a video of Wade talking about how he adjusts to his players. How Wade looks at their talents and put them in spots where their talents will allow them to make plays.

    Well here is a player who recently played with Wade saying the same thing...I will bold+underline the parts I am talking about


    http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-an...1-de89a82c5c93


    Andrew MasonColumnist / Analyst

    Being in Denver and back with coaches who got the best out of him in Houston is a near-perfect situation. There's just one thing Smith doesn't like.

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Just about everything about being with the Broncos agrees with defensive end Antonio Smith: being back with coaches like Gary Kubiak, Wade Phillips and Bill Kollar, working in a 3-4 with talented outside rushers that will allow him to work in 1-on-1 pass-rush duels, having the chance to mentor young defensive linemen.

    "Man, it's fun," Smith said. "I think that it was like a breath of fresh air getting back to these coaches that I'm familiar with, (who) know what I can do, and I know what they want of me."

    There is only one problem.

    "Other than the weather, I'm loving it," he said. "I got stuck all weekend. Nobody gave the memo (that reads) 'Don't bring a rear-wheel drive car to Denver.'"

    Mid-May snowstorms aside, the Broncos are a perfect fit for Smith at this stage of his career.

    From a scheme standpoint, the Broncos suit Smith well. In the same defense with Houston, he racked up 27 sacks in five seasons -- 18.5 of which came from 2011-13, after Phillips joined the Texans as defensive coordinator. Among 3-4 defensive ends, only J.J. Watt and Calais Campbell hit quarterbacks more often, according to the numbers compiled by ProFootballFocus.com.

    Smith had another successful season as a pass rusher last year with the Raiders in their 4-3 alignment. It helps that the Phillips 3-4 shares principles with most 4-3 looks, which should ease the transition for the entire defensive line.

    "The way Wade runs the 3-4, I've never seen it as a 3-4, because you still have a three-technique, a nose (tackle), and a five-technique or a four-technique," Smith said. "If DeMarcus (Ware) puts his hand on the ground, it's the same positions for us."

    And Smith knows that Phillips will align his players where they fit best, and tweak the scheme to maximize their skills.

    "Wade and his guys, I think the whole defensive coaching staff, is real good at knowing what you can do, and letting you do what you can do, to your advantage," Smith said. "Sometimes coaches get big in fitting you into the mold or the framework of how they run things -- like, you can be a pass rusher, but if their defense calls for a two-gap, they want you to two-gap.

    "Well, Wade, he studies you, he sees what you can do best, and (says), 'If you can do this, I'm going to make my defense work best with you doing this.' That freedom works well with what I do on the field."

    And that freedom also helps him use his experience to serve as a mentor and offer coaching to his younger teammates.

    Smith admits that he "sometimes" serves as an unofficial player-coach because of the advice he provides to his younger teammates.

    "I'm starting to watch some of the younger players just like coaches do, and I see a lot of attributes in all of them," Smith said. "They've got different talents, but they all equally have skill."

    And one player who jumped out was Kenny Anunike. The Duke alumnus spent last year on injured reserve with an elbow injury, but recovered and picked up where he left off during last year's training camp, when he was one of the most pleasant surprises because of his intensity and his natural pass-rush ability.

    "The coaches right off the bat noticed that Kenny was just out-running and out-hustling everybody out there on the practice field during the (voluntary veteran) minicamp," Smith said. "I see a lot of talent in him, but I see a lot of talent in the other guys, too."

    Smith added that "a couple of the rookies" now with the team caught his eye Monday morning, although he did not specify which ones. However, he noted that Anunike has been the most inquisitive.

    "But all of them ask me different questions at different points in time: about the defense, or pass rushing. At different points of time, all of them came to me," Smith said. "But Kenny, he's in almost every day, asking me a little something, wondering about this or wondering about that."

    There's good reason for defensive linemen to ask questions, given how much they must know.

    "Now Bill (Kollar) is real good at doing extra," Smith said of his defensive line coach. "So while the rest of the team only learns half the defense, the D-line has got to know the whole playbook.

    "We've got everything down, and he goes over it every day. After the first two weeks, everybody pretty much got it. It [isn't] much help other than technique stuff and pass-rush moves that I'm sharing at this point."

    That's more than enough.
    Interesting about a unknown guy in Kenny Anunike out there impressing people. Hope he keeps it up!!

    I also may just be real excited about the new coaching staff and the potential for Broncos to have breakout years but I been reading a lot of good articles from Denverbroncos.com this offseason. Maybe I will starting posting more of them for people who do not want to look for them on their own.
    Last edited by Hadez; 05-11-2015, 02:59 PM.
    Time to build on the win and grow the team from some solid play higher level of play

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    Originally posted by Hadez View Post
    I do not usually post stuff from Denverbroncos.com...I assume people read it

    Keep hearing how we need specific players for our defense. A while ago we saw a video of Wade talking about how he adjusts to his players. How Wade looks at their talents and put them in spots where their talents will allow them to make plays.

    Well here is a player who recently played with Wade saying the same thing...I will bold+underline the parts I am talking about


    http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-an...1-de89a82c5c93




    Interesting about a unknown guy in Kenny Anunike out there impressing people. Hope he keeps it up!!
    Ya Nike was having a strong training camp last year, and I heard similar things from Ware about him last year. I have high hopes.
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    • #3
      One thing that went unnoticed is that we've released John Youboty during the offseason. He spent the 2014 season on IR recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon, but apparently failed to make a good recovery.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Roddoliver View Post
        One thing that went unnoticed is that we've released John Youboty during the offseason. He spent the 2014 season on IR recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon, but apparently failed to make a good recovery.
        Poor fella. That's always a shame.

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        • #5
          What I like hearing is that the players are practicing with FIRE. That is what can make a good team is a fire in your gut to be the best.

          You never heard that about Foxy's practices and all you saw were players standing around BSing when they should have been learning their jobs better. I like the fact that what you are hearing from the players is that this coaching staff is teaching them starting from the basics and building from there. I love it and hope this is going to be a great year.
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          • #6
            Excited to see the defense take shape and hit the field this year.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by one_bad_55 View Post
              What I like hearing is that the players are practicing with FIRE. That is what can make a good team is a fire in your gut to be the best.

              You never heard that about Foxy's practices and all you saw were players standing around BSing when they should have been learning their jobs better. I like the fact that what you are hearing from the players is that this coaching staff is teaching them starting from the basics and building from there. I love it and hope this is going to be a great year.
              Originally posted by Remedy View Post
              Excited to see the defense take shape and hit the field this year.
              Agree with both of ya

              Hearling a lot of good things about our new DL coach. The tempo, the teaching and the standard being set to get on the field.

              Also remember Wade talking about how usually when he goes to a new team it is to rebuild a bad defense and he is excited to start somewhere with a good amount of talent.

              I am expecting things may start rough as our guys learn to put it all together but I am hoping come game 8 or 9 the defense start to look like something we have not seen in a long time.
              Time to build on the win and grow the team from some solid play higher level of play

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              • #8
                If there is one thing Wade Phillips is good at, it is building a fantastic defense for about 2-3 years. Hopefully around the time he heads out Vance Johnson will be available.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Freyaka View Post
                  If there is one thing Wade Phillips is good at, it is building a fantastic defense for about 2-3 years. Hopefully around the time he heads out Vance Joseph will be available.
                  Fixed it for you. I like the thought though.

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                  • #10
                    I just wanna know who is going to play NT.. That's all I care about atm... Because looking at this roster... I have no clue who we got that can be a starting NT in this league...

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