Tag:Elvis Dumervil
Posted on: October 29, 2008 3:25 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2008 10:29 pm

Defensive Concerns in Week 9

News out of Denver suggests that there may be more turmoil on the defensive side than we all thought. That's bad news considering all of the defensive woes we already know about. Recent statements made by players such as D.J. Williams and Nate Webster hint toward the fact that there is mass confusion amongst this unit (again). Williams made an interesting statement after the embarrassing loss to NE that seemed to sum it all up. This defense lacks an identity. Perhaps it's due to the constant switches in defensive schemes. Are these guys a 3-4 defense or 4-3? If DJ doesn't know that's a scary thought considering he's a defensive captain and leads the team in tackles.  

The crafty Dolphins are coming into Mile High this week feeling confident after they upset the up-and coming Bills. With their Wildcat formations and spread offensive alignments, they can really get going and Denver's defense could be in for a long day. Running backs Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown have been headaches for opposing teams while Chad Pennington's game management has been solid enough to lead the team to a respectable 3-4 record.

Physically the Broncos match up well with most of their speed coming from the linebackers and small defensive ends. The spotlight will be on CB's Dre Bly who has struggled all year and Karl Paymah who is filling in for an injured Champ Bailey. Rookie corner Jack Williams could see an increase in playing time specifically in Nickle and Dime packages and could provide a spark in the pass defense. Williams is a ball hawk who reminds me of another undersized but tenacious Williams, the late great Darrent Williams (R.I.P 27). Another key matchup will be Broncos DE Elvis Dumervil going up against the 1st overall pick in the 2008 draft, rookie LT Jake Long. I'll save the Broncos safety play for another post but that's also a major concern.

Offensively, the Broncos have to get it together. Rookie RB Ryan Torain is looking to make his NFL debut and coming off an elbow injury that has sidelined him since training camp, Denver hopes that he will ignite this once potent offensive attack. The key to success for the Broncos will be ball protection and time of possesion. If they turn the ball over early, I don't expect them to bounce back since they have not proven they could do so in games against KC, Jacksonville, and NE. Look for Brandon Marshall to have a big game if Brandon Stokely is back in the lineup.

Denver tends to have success coming off the bye week. If they can continue that trend there is no reason why they shouldn't beat a team that won 1 game in 2007. Having said that, if the Broncos lose this game. We all know what to expect the rest of the year. Hopefully they can turn in around and create some momentum heading down the stretch with a win. The question is which Broncos team will show up this week or better yet, will they show up at all?

-  ALL Day




Posted on: October 2, 2008 2:39 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2008 3:39 pm

Week 5: Buc' ing the Trend

It's no secret that the Denver Defense is nowhere to be found on Sundays. I heard Chris Collinsworth say this week that Denver had the "worst defense in history." Despite being a die-hard Bronco fan, I couldn't help but agree - to a certain extent. I mean, the Broncos defense flat out stinks. They can't stop the run, can't sack the QB, and they can't cause turnovers let alone tackle. With the exception of Champ Bailey who is fierce in run support and D.J. Williams who leads the league in tackles (34), the Broncos simply don't have enough impact players up front and on the ends to cause problems for opposing teams. Elvis Dumervil has been hampered by a broken finger and Dewayne Robertson hasn't proved that his balky knee isn't a concern. Going into week 5 this trend has to stop if the Broncos want to make a serious play for the AFC West. Tampa Bay comes to Mile High this week fresh off of a victory over Green Bay. Not only do the Bucs come into Invesco with a 3-1 record, they're doing it with a familiar face behind center, Brian Griese and a stout defense that could cause Cutler some problems. Getting back to Griese, he has posted a 3-0 record since taking over for the injured Jeff Garcia but he has struggled with interceptions as he has done for most of his career. Michael Pittman will also be playing his former team but he's happy to be in Denver now (http://www.rockymountainnews.com/ne
) and you can imagine emotions might be riding high with both Griese and Pittman looking to take it to their former teams. 

Denver will win if: 

1) They win the turnover battle - Denver had 4 turnovers against K.C. that cost them the game. They simply cannot turn the ball over on offense and rely on their defense to make plays.  

2) Score loads of points and keep pressure on: If Denver strikes early and often, Denver can put up huge numbers. Look for Denver to go for the throat in the first 3 plays to get Cutler and company in a rhythm. The Broncos also need a strong 3rd quarter if they want to win.   

3) Defense, please stand up: Let the critics fuel the fire, step the F up, and hit someone in the mouth already!! Pressure on Griese will be key.   - My prediction - Broncos 38 - Bucs 24      - All Day

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