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baja
12-16-2012, 08:19 AM
Before John Elway became the face of the Broncos franchise, before Mike Shan- ahan, before T.D., before Rod and Eddie, before Sharpe's sharp tongue, before the Super Bowl titles and before anybody saluted, there was the Orange Crush.
It was a time when the Broncos were defined by defense. It was the 1977 season, when the Orange Crush defense led the Broncos to their first Super Bowl appearance, inspiring a fandom that to this day helps define the city of Denver.
The guy who coordinated the Orange Crush defense, arranging the pieces on a grass chessboard, thinks NFL history may have finally come full circle in Denver.
"What I see is that Jack Del Rio's done a great job," said Joe Collier, the Broncos' defensive coordinator from 1972-88. "To make it all work, you've got to have good players, sure, but they have to play well together, be guys who raise each other up. These guys have it and Von (Miller), he's just got a relentless motor, just a hell of player.
"I like what they do and how they do it. I really hope Jack sticks around, because that group really has the potential to do special things."
This year's defense, led by Miller, its young linebacker, is drawing comparisons to those great Orange Crush defenses, specifically the 1977 team, which ranked third in the league in fewest points allowed. This year's team, riding an eight-game winning streak heading into Sunday's game at Baltimore, ranks fourth in points allowed.

In his role as team executive, following his Broncos career as a Hall of Fame quarterback, John Elway certainly understands the role of having a prime-time passer. He has consistently said that having a franchise quarterback is "far away" the most important piece of the roster-building puzzle.
But Elway isn't one of those all-offense guys.
"I've spent a lot of time before I took this job and since talking to people who have been in the league a long time," he said. "The consensus you hear from those football people is get the quarterback and then get the guy who knocks them down."




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st.bernard
12-16-2012, 08:35 AM
The defense looks good. And it's true that Miller has a non-stop motor. The group has been very very good since the NE game. They were solid in NE as well, but have been playing at a really high level since. I know it's early yet, but the unit looks like it will be really special next year.

Rohirrim
12-16-2012, 08:35 AM
Nice to hear from Gradishar and Mecklenburg about the current team. Elway has basically worked magic in a very short time. This off-season will be extremely interesting to me. Do we go after another big time piece for the offense, or add somebody to the Von Doom D? Or both? When you have a HOF QB who you know isn't going to be here long, you have to move quick. What's the old saying? Strike while the iron is hot. Right now, we're hot. ;D

hambone13
12-16-2012, 08:38 AM
Before John Elway became the face of the Broncos franchise, before Mike Shan- ahan, before T.D., before Rod and Eddie, before Sharpe's sharp tongue, before the Super Bowl titles and before anybody saluted, there was the Orange Crush.
It was a time when the Broncos were defined by defense. It was the 1977 season, when the Orange Crush defense led the Broncos to their first Super Bowl appearance, inspiring a fandom that to this day helps define the city of Denver.
The guy who coordinated the Orange Crush defense, arranging the pieces on a grass chessboard, thinks NFL history may have finally come full circle in Denver.
"What I see is that Jack Del Rio's done a great job," said Joe Collier, the Broncos' defensive coordinator from 1972-88. "To make it all work, you've got to have good players, sure, but they have to play well together, be guys who raise each other up. These guys have it and Von (Miller), he's just got a relentless motor, just a hell of player.
"I like what they do and how they do it. I really hope Jack sticks around, because that group really has the potential to do special things."
This year's defense, led by Miller, its young linebacker, is drawing comparisons to those great Orange Crush defenses, specifically the 1977 team, which ranked third in the league in fewest points allowed. This year's team, riding an eight-game winning streak heading into Sunday's game at Baltimore, ranks fourth in points allowed.

In his role as team executive, following his Broncos career as a Hall of Fame quarterback, John Elway certainly understands the role of having a prime-time passer. He has consistently said that having a franchise quarterback is "far away" the most important piece of the roster-building puzzle.
But Elway isn't one of those all-offense guys.
"I've spent a lot of time before I took this job and since talking to people who have been in the league a long time," he said. "The consensus you hear from those football people is get the quarterback and then get the guy who knocks them down."




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I think it's funny when news writers regurgitate all the relevant points that a smart fan already knows, it's refreshing to know there's some smart ones out there.

Lestat
12-16-2012, 09:38 AM
Nice to hear from Gradishar and Mecklenburg about the current team. Elway has basically worked magic in a very short time. This off-season will be extremely interesting to me. Do we go after another big time piece for the offense, or add somebody to the Von Doom D? Or both? When you have a HOF QB who you know isn't going to be here long, you have to move quick. What's the old saying? Strike while the iron is hot. Right now, we're hot. ;D

well, outside of Manning we haven't added any real big pieces in the off-season, in terms of FA.
Elway has said he thinks the best way to build a team is through the draft and has stuck to that philosophy since he's been at the helm.

i think that MLB or RB will be the big addition this time around through the draft.
not knocking Hillman or Moreno but i think Elway wants to set this team up to win a super bowl or two with Manning and then continue that success with Brock once Peyton retires without a crucial drop off.