September 24, 2008 9:52 PM
The Broncos' line of Defense
The Great Wide Open
It might be a little too early to hit the panic button on the Broncos' defense, especially for a team that is 3-0, but still you gotta wonder. There seems at times to be gaping holes in the coverage, and, as always, no pass rush. Hard to fathom when you have the two best corner backs in football. So what's the answer?
It ain't Madden football
Changing from a 4-3 to a 3-4 isn't very easy. Moving D.J. Williams to an outside linebacker spot isn't simple. And bringing back John Lynch is not the solution. I remember spending some time one summer at training camp with former Broncos defensive coordinator, Joe Collier. Collier was the genius behind the infamous Orange Crush defense. One thing Collier talked about that afternoon was how long it takes for a defense to "gel". It doesn't happen overnight, and, in fact, can take more than a season or two for the parts to work together. Add all the personnel changes that come every down plus the use of nickel and dime packages, and you can see how it can get fairly chaotic and difficult to get everyone on the same page, on the same coverages, and on the same reads. So, the whole thing might just take more patience from everybody. In the meantime, I suggest finding a way to keep the offense on the field longer might be the best way to solve the problem. What do you think?