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Hulamau
05-28-2009, 04:07 AM
http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_12465232?source=rss

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Defensive plans put target on one key stat: turnovers
The Denver Post
Posted: 05/28/2009 01:00:00 AM MDT

Another pass rusher would be nice, but it's probably not what the defense needs most.

A Pro Bowl-caliber nose tackle wouldn't hurt, but the Broncos probably have a greater need if they are to improve on defense this season.

What the Broncos may need more than anything else — turnovers.

In 16 games last season, the Broncos forced their opponents into 13 turnovers, easily the league's worst total. Since the NFL expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1978, only the 2006 Washington Redskins generated fewer takeaways, with 12.

Bob Slowik defenses have posted the next two worst takeaway seasons — he was the defensive coordinator for the 2008 Broncos and also the 2004 Green Bay Packers, who had only 14 takeaways.

Broncos are counting on new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan to coach a few more turnovers. How important are turnovers? The Broncos were 6-0 when they were merely even or plus-1 in turnover margin last season.

"That's something as a secondary unit we talk about — the amount of takeaways we had last year," said Josh Barrett, who started the final three games as a rookie safety last year. "Suffice to say we didn't do enough to help us win. Having that approach and sticking with it ... In practice we have drills that are just for stripping to ball."

Specifically, the Broncos want the second man in on a tackle to think as much ball as ball carrier.
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"We should be the top secondary in the league," Hill said. "I don't think anyone is expecting anything less. That's how we're approaching it."

Hill's proclamation may not be so far-fetched considering the Broncos' secondary starts with two possible future Hall of Famers in cornerback Champ Bailey and safety Brian Dawkins. They have a combined 15 Pro Bowl berths.

The safety switch.

Until the final days of February, Barrett had every reason to believe he would continue as a starting safety this season. Four of the safeties who started ahead of him through the first 11 games last season — Marlon McCree, Marquand Manuel, Calvin Lowry and Roderick Rogers — had been released. And Barrett finished as the starter.

Then the Broncos signed the veterans Dawkins and Hill to start, and drafted Darcel McBath in the second round, and another safety, David Bruton, in the fourth.

"It's something obviously you're not used to, coming into your second year, but it's going to be a battle," Barrett said. "There's only so many spots, and you have to go out and prove and earn your spot every day."

Despite the increased competition, Barrett has been working as the Broncos' extra safety in nickel situations.

"That's something where I feel I can help the defense out in that package," Barrett said. "I feel like there's no tight end I won't be able to cover."

BroncoBuff
05-28-2009, 04:17 AM
http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_12465232?source=rss
Defensive plans put target on one key stat: turnovers
The Denver Post
Posted: 05/28/2009 01:00:00 AM MDT

Another pass rusher would be nice, but it's probably not what the defense needs most.

A Pro Bowl-caliber nose tackle wouldn't hurt, but the Broncos probably have a greater need if they are to improve on defense this season.

In 16 games last season, the Broncos forced their opponents into 13 turnovers, easily the league's worst total. Since the NFL expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1978, only the 2006 Washington Redskins generated fewer takeaways, with 12.

Bob Slowik defenses have posted the next two worst takeaway seasons he was the defensive coordinator for the 2008 Broncos and also the 2004 Green Bay Packers, who had only 14 takeaways.
Really?

Defenses w Fewest TOs in NFL History
1. 2006 Redskins - 12
2. 2008 Broncos - 13 (Slowick)
3. 2004 Packers - 14 (Slowick)

Gawd that is just awful.

Hulamau
05-28-2009, 04:47 AM
Really?

Defenses w Fewest TOs in NFL History
1. 2006 Redskins - 12
2. 2008 Broncos - 13 (Slowick)
3. 2004 Packers - 14 (Slowick)

Gawd that is just awful.

I know BB that was a surprise to see as well. Knew it was bad , but not that awful.

Just one of the things I find hopeful is the ABSENCE of Slowik and the confused mess that Bates brought in the year before ..... Actually Bates system is particularly notorious for taking a long time to learn (just ask Green Bay). But Shanny threw it out the window with those early embarrassments and we'll never know if it might have stiffened a bit later in the year.

Probably not with hero's like Engelberger, Josh Mallard and Tim Crowder on the Dline.

watermock
05-28-2009, 04:59 AM
We can't just continue to put our covers out there for 5-6 seconds a play. I don't care how good they are, expecially with the rules biased twards the pass.

We were like flag football out there. or worse.