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BroncoDoug
10-09-2009, 11:52 AM
I didn't see it posted, sorry if it was

Game of the weekend: New England at Denver. Intriguing player of the weekend: Elvis Dumervil.

Who is he? Where'd he come from? How can the Sam Mills of pass-rushers (5-foot-11, 245 pounds) be leading the NFL in sacks through one-quarter of the season? How can he be so good and so under-the-radar at the same time?

First, an illustration of Dumervil's Tazmanian Devil approach to rushing the passer. Dumervil, for the first time in his college or pro career, is playing outside linebacker because new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan has switched to the 3-4 and 245-pound guys would get eaten alive against the run at end in the 3-4. But in passing downs, Dumervil moves to a hand-down defensive end in Nolan's 4-3.

In the Dallas-Denver game last week, on a passing down, Dumervil lined up to the outside of mountainous left tackle Flozell Adams. On game tape, the matchup looked a little like Muggsy Bogues against Yao Ming. Adams is eight inches taller and 95 pounds heavier than Dumervil. At the snap of the ball, Dumervil, rushing low, took a hard outside rush, and Adams flexed out his arms to try to push him outside. Like Elastic Man, Dumervil stopped with both feet planted and leaned back, then shot inside Adams and smothered Tony Romo in the pocket. It's a move you'd probably have to see to believe, but trust me, it wouldn't matter how big Adams was -- there's no way he was ever going to stop that rush.

"I want to be known as relentless, a game-changer,'' Dumervil said on the phone from Denver. "I want to be known as one of the good pass-rushers in the league.''

Here's the thing you notice about Dumervil: His size actually helps him. Rushing is a game of leverage, on each side of the line, and Dumervil can get so low that it's hard for big tackles to get underneath him and leverage him backward. Heck, from watching Dumervil rush, it's hard for the linemen to get their hands on him, period, because of his quickness and simply because he's hard to locate. "I think I benefit from them having to play at my level,'' Dumervil told me. "Playing that low has been something I've done all my life, so it's hard to get your hands on me when I'm rushing that low.''

All his life, his size has been questioned. How interesting now that it's actually turning into a benefit -- at least the way he sees it.

"What's the big deal?'' he said. "I'm a football player. But sometimes out there, I do feel like I'm invisible.''

Born to Haitian parents in the gang-riddled Liberty City section of Miami, Dumervil benefited from the Florida football craze as a kid. He never wanted to play basketball or other sports. "We played street football three, four hours a day, 12 months a year,'' he said. "Not tackle football. But it was great for me because it was all quickness.''

At Louisville, he started slowly; it still haunts him that three times in a game against Miami of Ohio, a burly quarterback named Ben Roethlisberger shook off three Dumervil sack attempts and riddled the Louisville defense. "He probably doesn't remember, but I sure do,'' said Dumervil.

As a senior, he burst onto scouting reports with a 20-sack season, but his size pushed him down to the fourth round in the 2006 draft. After 21 sacks in his first two pro seasons, he slipped to a five-sack season last year. "I never thought it would be so hard to rush with a broken finger,'' said Dumervil, whose right pinky was busted. "I got it casted up, but I learned how valuable my hands are to rushing the passer.''

When Nolan told him he'd be moving to outside linebacker, he lost 10 pounds and worked on quickness throughout the offseason. Now it's showing, with eight sacks in the past three games. With Tom Brady on the horizon, Dumervil realizes how important he is to what the Broncos must do on Sunday to win.

"You can't just sprint at [Brady],'' Dumervil said. "He's not a fast guy, but he's elusive in the pocket. I'm a big fan of his. Great player, great leader. I know how valuable he is to everything they do. I've never sacked him before, but he's one guy I'd really like to have under my belt.''

A couple of Dumervil sacks would go a long way to Denver continuing the most unlikely season in the NFL. I'm picking New England 23-17, with lots of quick slants and curls from Brady so he can avoid Dumervil. I expect the Patriots to give their left side some chip help with a tight end or back Sunday, but a couple of opportunistic rushes from Dumervil outside left tackle Matt Light's left shoulder, and this could be a different game

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/peter_king/10/09/week.5/index.html

Houshyamama
10-09-2009, 12:22 PM
OK, I'm getting a Dumervil jersey.

BroncoDoug
10-09-2009, 10:55 PM
OK, I'm getting a Dumervil jersey.

good job!

BroncoMan4ever
10-09-2009, 11:33 PM
OK, I'm getting a Dumervil jersey.

i would say the same thing, but i am going to hold off until we wrap him up long term. i don't want another damn useless jersey.

watermock
10-10-2009, 12:32 AM
The 06 draft will go down as one for the ages.

SouthStndJunkie
10-10-2009, 01:27 AM
i would say the same thing, but i am going to hold off until we wrap him up long term. i don't want another damn useless jersey.

I agree 100%.

BroncoMan4ever
10-10-2009, 01:47 AM
I agree 100%.

i don't want to add to the Pryce, Griese, Plummer, Anderson, Bell, Griffin, Lynch, Gold, Cutler pile

ShutDownPoster
10-10-2009, 03:56 AM
He's in for a massive payday - i mean bigger then the 15 incher in Bob's poo poo hole!

lex
10-10-2009, 05:06 AM
We have to keep this guy. Perhaps more than Marshall even. He really has been the tip of the spear on defense, even though our defense has balance at the different levels. It also says a lot that he is both DL and LB. Its funny too because he's not a surprise to us. We know he can get after it. But its cool that now we have a DC, in Nolan, who can scheme pressure and use him as more of a weapon. In the 3-4, they can move him around more.

Another thing thats crazy to think about is how in the offseason, many were saying he could be our James Harrison. Well, so far this year, he has been more impactful than Harrison.

Its also been said many times that the most important positions in a 3-4 are the NT and the rush LB. Doom seems practically tailor-made for this. It would be a huge mistake to let him walk.

UberBroncoMan
10-10-2009, 08:03 AM
The 06 draft will go down as one for the ages.

Easily one of the best for ANY team in recent years.

baja
10-10-2009, 08:08 AM
We have to keep this guy. Perhaps more than Marshall even. He really has been the tip of the spear on defense, even though our defense has balance at the different levels. It also says a lot that he is both DL and LB. Its funny too because he's not a surprise to us. We know he can get after it. But its cool that now we have a DC, in Nolan, who can scheme pressure and use him as more of a weapon. In the 3-4, they can move him around more.

Another thing thats crazy to think about is how in the offseason, many were saying he could be our James Harrison. Well, so far this year, he has been more impactful than Harrison.

Its also been said many times that the most important positions in a 3-4 are the NT and the rush LB. Doom seems practically tailor-made for this. It would be a huge mistake to let him walk.

If McD follows the NE SOP than we will not sign Doom to an insane contract.

lex
10-10-2009, 08:14 AM
If McD follows the NE SOP than we will not sign Doom to an insane contract.

Their SOP changed. In the beginning, they were able to get people to play for less than their value. But more recently theyve started bringing in guys like Adalius Thomas and Randy Moss. Also, Doom is still really young to be letting him go before his level of play drops off. The guy who you might see walk though is Champ.

backup qb
10-10-2009, 08:15 AM
I, like many others, was really worried about his transition in this D. He has been dynamite to watch.

Drek
10-10-2009, 08:24 AM
If McD follows the NE SOP than we will not sign Doom to an insane contract.

It won't need to be an insane contract.

If Doom continues to produce at this level there is already a great comp for market value out there. James Harrison.

Very little chance a new CBA is worked out and in effect for next off-season, so Doom will still be a restricted FA. James Harrison got a 6 year, $51M deal with $20M guaranteed. Thats a nice contract for sure, but its not what elite DEs get paid. I'd bet Doom would get almost the exact same deal next off-season.

The big key is getting it done before Demarcus Ware re-ups and sets a new standard for OLB pass rushers.

maher_tyler
10-10-2009, 09:12 PM
Didn't realize that it was Doom that Marcus Vick stomped on in that game back then...

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=garber_greg&id=4546254

Rock Chalk
10-10-2009, 09:14 PM
Didn't realize that it was Doom that Marcus Vick stomped on in that game back then...

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=garber_greg&id=4546254

****ing Hokies.

USMCBladerunner
10-10-2009, 09:39 PM
Their SOP changed. In the beginning, they were able to get people to play for less than their value. But more recently theyve started bringing in guys like Adalius Thomas and Randy Moss. Also, Doom is still really young to be letting him go before his level of play drops off. The guy who you might see walk though is Champ.

do you have any idea how little the Patriots have had to pay Randy Moss in his years there? Thomas has a market value contract more or less, but Moss has been underpaid, especially considering his $1 million dollar salary in 2007.