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October 12, 2008 9:50 PM

Broncos Defense a No Show


Couldn't stop a Flea
That about sums up the Broncos defense on Sunday. Players out of position, missed tackles, bad reads, you name it the Broncos defense did it. Clearly the Broncs have issues. Whether they can correct these problems remains to seen. It just seems as though the Broncos have gaps everywhere but the cornerback position. It may be the offseason before the defensive holes that are being exploited week in and week out can be addressed.

The Cover Who?
That's the award winning name that was selected in our "Name the Defense" contest. Chris, if you're out there send me a note at littond@rockymountainnews.com so I can get you your original cartoon and t-shirt.


  • October 12, 2008

    11:16 PM

    Penfold writes:

    It must be said.

    Jay Cutler is not getting better this season. In fact, he may just be regressing.

    There is a problem. Jay likes Brandon Marshall far too much. Far too much.

    I also have read that Cutler was barking about his arm being stronger than John Elway's. Memo to Jay: Shut up and play the game. No one cares if your arm is stronger or not. All that people know right now is that your team is in deep trouble and the San Diego Chargers are, well, charging.

    Yes, the Broncos are still 4-2. They are there in part because of officiating, and part because they used to have a big time offense. The offense is basically half of what it was a month ago. Injuries are no excuse.

    The Broncos have MAJOR defensive issues. These kind of issues will actually take at least 3 years of error-free drafting to fix. Somewhere, John Lynch is laughing. Dre Bly is a joke.

    This is a team that will finish no better than 8-8 or 9-7. And it would and should surprise no one if they finish worse.

  • October 13, 2008

    12:21 AM

    Dave writes:

    Bad news we probably won't win the division and maybe we will get lucky and squeak into the playoffs but the first round is as far as I am willing to go. Good News We will win more games than the Raiders.

  • October 13, 2008

    2:59 AM

    SE7EN writes:


    You know, I'm really sick and tired of people saying that Dre Bly is a Joke.

    1. Champ is on the other side...doesn't matter who plays opposite Champ...they are going to get a ton of balls thrown at them.

    2. How can Champ's counterpart do their job when there is no defensive pressure?

    I seem to remember D-will getting a ton of criticizm during his 2nd year when Denver's Defense went away from the Blitz happy D of the year prior.

    What don't people understand about NO PRESSURE on the QB = a bad day for the secondary.

    Quit making Bly the goat here. That entire D-line has been a joke all season long. Can't generate any rush without blitzing 3 LBs and a Safety.

  • October 13, 2008

    8:36 AM

    Another Michael writes:

    In partial defense of Jay:

    - Eddie Royal is out due to injury
    - Tony Scheffler is out due to injury
    - Selvin Young is out due to injury
    - Brandon Stokely went out due to injury
    - Darrell Jackson wasn't 100% due to his calf injury
    - Glenn Martinez is still living out of a suitcase after having been signed two weeks ago

    So who is really LEFT that he could've thrown to?? Steve Watson perhaps??

    That said -- some of his decisions were very poor and he looked rattled about 80% of the time out there -- you simply can't overthrow your tight end who was wide open for the end zone.. Brandon Marshall though -- carries some burden by trying to make something happened and eventually the ball was stripped from him.. While it's dazzling to watch this guy thread through defenses -- if you're not going to protect the ball in the process -- then lie down..

  • October 13, 2008

    9:08 AM

    schorne writes:

    Bronco Nation we just need to calm down!The way I figure it we are right on pace to be 5-2 at the bye week(right where we should be)only not beating the teams I thought we would beat.I know the defense isnt all it could be but it is getting better these last few games.Maybe we should give double coverage on Dre's side every passing down and what ever happend to the safty blitz since Lynch left.We need to pressure more but I still Think 11-5 is very possible.

  • October 13, 2008

    10:42 AM

    Shelby writes:

    I have to agree with Se7en. Dre was in great position on about every pass his way. How some of those balls were caught is a miracle or simply an amazingly placed pass. I saw the safety coverage as being way more vulnerable than Dre's. Dre would have 2-3 int's by now if the opposing QBs had anybody in their face.

    After watching the Chargers annihilate NE I sure hope the Broncos can look 1/2 as good.

  • October 13, 2008

    12:58 PM

    McGowdog writes:

    This needs to be said after seeing Drew's knee-jerk reaction comment;

    The defense would have done a lot better had Jay Culter not gone and thought he could scramble every play. Eventually, he's gonna get his head ripped off, much less the ball. Brandon Marshall fumbled the ball and just killed our momentum. He's got heart though.

    Our offense just turned the ball over too many times and should have had a 21 point lead in the first quarter and at least kept the defense off the field for a bit. Momentum gets killed when we cough the ball up like that, especially when it's on their side of the field.

    Bly, I don't know. He seems to be athletic enough and maybe one sack a game ain't enough. For some reason, the Broncos' defense looks horrible on paper and on the scoreboard. They could use a little help from the offense and visa versa.

    I'm just sick of the inconsistency; great against the Raiders, very suspect against the Chargers. Not so great against the Aints, great game against the Bucs. Devastating and embarassing lose at home to the Jags, what's next?

  • October 14, 2008

    7:31 AM

    Jeremy writes:

    Why the toon and ranting against the Denver defense? Yes, the comments about our pass rush are valid, but when an offense commits 4 turnovers (2 fumbles, 1 INT and 1 on downs), and the defense ONLY gives up 24 points in that game, that is a pretty respectable effort. If our offense held up their end of the bargain, our defense would have looked a lot better.

  • October 14, 2008

    7:47 AM

    Thrawn writes:


    A respectable effort from the defense? I could not disagree more. Sure, the offense did no favors, but it isn't like we saw the defense do a whole lot. One of those turnovers was on a long pass to the 5 yard line on third down that probably worked better than if they punted (which is what the next play would have been since it was already third down.) The defense struggled hard to get off the field while MJD ran them over, and I think we saw Jacksonville's punter for only the second time when the third quarter was about to expire. When the Broncos were somehow behind by only a touchdown, they just could not stop the Jaguars when there were about 6 minutes to go. The Jags could easily have run the score up further on that last drive... then we're talking about closer to giving up 30 points.

    This was a total failure on both sides of the ball, mostly because of themselves. Jacksonville really should have been pretty much out of it by the third quarter.

  • October 14, 2008

    2:36 PM

    Jack writes:

    The best part is that we're playing a Tom Bradyless New England Partiots team which is horrid.

  • October 15, 2008

    9:38 PM

    LilJoe writes:

    Im a Broncos fan but Iam a realistic broncos fan. Chump and his brother not even a Boss are jokes . The Broncos D is worse than they were last year. they are 4-2 and should be 2-4 they got some really lucky wins so far. I see the Broncos going 8-8 maybe 9-7. They had a home heavy part of schdule now they going on the road to finish it up .

  • October 16, 2008

    6:26 AM

    Chris writes:

    This defense is as bad as any in the league. And that is coming from someone who is living in Detroit (not by choice...).

    Denver needs to drop the Cover Who and move to a more traditional 3-4. Let Champ and Dre cover man to man and allow the line backers to keep 3 yard runs turn into 24 yard tds. Stop the zone nonsense.

    In the Denver's defense, however, this was not going to be a year of AFC Championships and title glory. A winning record will be a success for this team. Offensively, they are very close to have an unstoppable unit. Defensively, they need some work. They are not far off, though.

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