Mark Kiszla: Broncos show Ravens how NFL defense is really played
What makes a great defense?
"Guys like Lewis, Ed Reed, (Terrell) Suggs. Those are some great players. Future Hall of Famers," said Bailey, saluting the defensive stars who gave Baltimore a nasty reputation.
But it's the leaps-and-bounds, breakout improvement of younger Broncos such as linebacker Wesley Woodyard, safety Rahim Moore and cornerback Chris Harris that has allowed Denver to turn the screws on foes tighter with each passing week. Much of the credit goes to the teacher.
So Broncomaniacs had better enjoy Del Rio while they can. After leading Valor Christian to a Colorado state prep championship, teenage quarterback Luke Del Rio has decided to take the bold step of walking on at Alabama.
Should Nick Saban cash in on another national championship with the Crimson Tide and return to the pros for a name-the-price contract, Bama could do worse than hire Luke's father at a salary that should more than cover the cost of the kid's tuition, room and books.
Stopping the run was identified as Denver's weakness. Since the sixth week of this NFL season, however, guess which team has been as good as any in the league at stuffing the run.
"Del Rio gets it. He's very confident in his approach. He believes in what he coaches. And that confidence is contagious," Broncos middle linebacker Keith Brooking said.
Not since 2005, when the Broncos advanced to the AFC championship game, has Denver limited foes to fewer than 300 points in the regular season. As Cleveland and Kansas City are all that remains on the schedule, the Broncos could do it again.
Because this ain't the Orange Crush.
But it is potent. Heck, somewhere down the road, this stuff might even be enough to knock Brady on his buns.
Did not know about JDR's kid......