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Old 01-13-2011, 09:39 PM   #1
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Great write up from an excellent Broncos blogger. Describes the defensive schemes that Fox used in Carolina and how our current roster fits into them.
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:47 PM   #2
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Great write up from an excellent Broncos blogger. Describes the defensive schemes that Fox used in Carolina and how our current roster fits into them.
Nice find and very interesting. I just get giddy when reading about a good defense! I'm very excited. I loved what it said about being a football guy, not a system guy, and managing the WHOLE team. Also the part about taking Fairley and then safeties..... I'm in HEAVEN!
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Thanks for the post.
Ron Meeks was the name I was looking for the other night.
He may have been let go by the Panthers.
I think he should be the guy we go after to be our DC...
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Great write up from an excellent Broncos blogger. Describes the defensive schemes that Fox used in Carolina and how our current roster fits into them.
That kind of points out what I've been thinking. Our personnel are not any good in a 3-4 presently, and some of them look a lot better in a 4-3 honestly (Joe Mays is way too slow to be a good MLB though). With either scheme we have to draft heavily on defense. It's just a question of what positions become the bigger needs. I tend to look at the way so many teams are moving to the 3-4 and I'm left thinking that one of the biggest upsides to that scheme, namely 3-4 players not being in high demand, is gone.
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Quality find.

If the defense is simplified and rests on the consistency and effort that "Ted" (the author) suggests, then it will be a step in the right direction. Champ Bailey is still an excellent player with a few more years left of top-notch CB play. Simplifying the system allows for guys like Champ to shine. Expect Champ to have a great season next year.

The coolest thing about establishing a hard-nosed blue-collar (any other hyphenated colloquialisms you can think of) defense is that we have a player with that kind of mentality who will be running the offense. Tebow brings that toughness and never say die attitude to the other side of the ball. Its exciting just thinking about having a team that will set a standard of effort that causes the other team to play up to them.

Things are looking up in Broncoland.
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Stellar write up and I agree. I think the move benefits Ayers. Dumervil can still be effective. Marcus Thomas as a rotational player works, he is a much better fit for this scheme. He is a player who can still work. The other players mentioned can play spots on the front, especially Bannan. Getting Fairley (if he is there) at #2 might be something of strong interest to do. Bowers even comes into play at end. Can't have enough pass rushers on a team and he's certainly up there. I didn't consider them factors into play for a 3-4, but in a 4-3 most definitely. REALISTIC OPTIONS.

Plenty of quality defensive line options in the draft outside those guys as well. I'd still take two guys on the DL with our top four picks anyways. Investing in a linebacker would be a wise option regardless, just for competition. Mays is not a three down player in the NFL consistently, and I'm a fellow Bison and I just don't see him being an impact long-term starter at the position. Safety, upgrade for sure.

DL, DL, LB, S. Priorities in the draft. Add in another RB/OL in there as well, pending what is done in free agency. No for it. No excuse not to draft DL in this epic class.
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Got to love Ted's insight. First place I look for new Bronco posts every day as they are always well thought out, thoroughly researched, and nicely written. Great read, and the similarities between where the Panthers were when Fox took the reigns and where we are now are striking. With a good draft (let us hope), the maturation of Tebow, and the return of Doom we could see just as drastic a turnaround. I'm all in. Hope it comes to pass.
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Stellar write up and I agree. I think the move benefits Ayers. Dumervil can still be effective. Marcus Thomas as a rotational player works, he is a much better fit for this scheme. He is a player who can still work. The other players mentioned can play spots on the front, especially Bannan. Getting Fairley (if he is there) at #2 might be something of strong interest to do. Bowers even comes into play at end. Can't have enough pass rushers on a team and he's certainly up there. I didn't consider them factors into play for a 3-4, but in a 4-3 most definitely. REALISTIC OPTIONS.

Plenty of quality defensive line options in the draft outside those guys as well. I'd still take two guys on the DL with our top four picks anyways. Investing in a linebacker would be a wise option regardless, just for competition. Mays is not a three down player in the NFL consistently, and I'm a fellow Bison and I just don't see him being an impact long-term starter at the position. Safety, upgrade for sure.

DL, DL, LB, S. Priorities in the draft. Add in another RB/OL in there as well, pending what is done in free agency. No for it. No excuse not to draft DL in this epic class.
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Stellar write up and I agree. I think the move benefits Ayers. Dumervil can still be effective. Marcus Thomas as a rotational player works, he is a much better fit for this scheme. He is a player who can still work. The other players mentioned can play spots on the front, especially Bannan. Getting Fairley (if he is there) at #2 might be something of strong interest to do. Bowers even comes into play at end. Can't have enough pass rushers on a team and he's certainly up there. I didn't consider them factors into play for a 3-4, but in a 4-3 most definitely. REALISTIC OPTIONS.

Plenty of quality defensive line options in the draft outside those guys as well. I'd still take two guys on the DL with our top four picks anyways. Investing in a linebacker would be a wise option regardless, just for competition. Mays is not a three down player in the NFL consistently, and I'm a fellow Bison and I just don't see him being an impact long-term starter at the position. Safety, upgrade for sure.

DL, DL, LB, S. Priorities in the draft. Add in another RB/OL in there as well, pending what is done in free agency. No for it. No excuse not to draft DL in this epic class.
I agree I love Joe Mays as everyone else but I don't think the guy is realistically gonna start next year
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This is the same guy who wrote up a nice piece on McD and staying the course, I thought that was a great write up and I like this write up too.
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Definitely will be focusing on the TE spot in free agency. With Fox in place we.will have.some great TEs on the team that can block 1 and catch short routes quickly.
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I think a genuine MIKE linebacker has just become one of our biggest team needs. DJ back at WLB should do a fine job, Haggan I'm not certain about but the SAM is the least important of the 3 LB positions so I think he'll be passable for a season or two until we can either develop someone or spend a high pick in a future draft.

But we absolutely need a new starter at MIKE. Mays has nowhere near the range to play the spot and if we try and play DJ there I'll be very upset because we'll then not only have a poor MIKE linebacker but we'll be depriving ourselves of a guy who can be very effective at WLB.

Fairley has to now be heavy favourite to be the pick at #2 if Carolina doesn't take him. Jamal Williams and Bannan can probably be a reasonable combo at NT, both excel at holding the POA and would allow Fairley to do what he does best at UT and get into the backfield and make plays. Thomas if he's retained is a good fit as a depth UT.

On the D-Line, I think Ayers looks like a great fit as strongside DE. Dumervil is the one player that I think loses value in the switch, but if we can use him wisely then he can still be a very important and productive player for us. What I'd like to see us do is use him exclusively as a 3rd down pass rusher early in games to avoid him getting worn down on running plays and keep him effective in obvious passing downs. Then late in the 3rd quarter you start putting him in there every down and let him go against tired OT's and make plays late in the game. Genuinely think that's the best way to use him.

Of course, that means we have to find a starter at DE to play opposite Ayers. Hunter doesn't look to be much more than depth.

In the secondary, we need to resign Champ. He'd really cause all sorts of problems playing in a short zone, being allowed to read the QB. I don't expect we'll be heavy hitters in FA, but I think that we should certainly be looking to add a starting Safety if at all possible. You can usually get good value at Safety in FA, so I think it's a realistic expectation. McBath, if he can stay healthy, should really benefit from the switch as he's our best coverage safety by some distance. Dawkins is surely gone.

Go into the draft and get

Fairley
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With your first 4 picks and you're looking like you might be on the right track. Also add either a RB, TE or defensive back with the other high selection, and maybe the same again if you can get some picks for Orton (which unfortunately looks doubtful in time for this draft)

Anyone have any idea how Vickerson projects in this 4-3 by the way? I was impressed by him at times this year but I don't really know for sure how he'd translate to a new system.
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I think a genuine MIKE linebacker has just become one of our biggest team needs. DJ back at WLB should do a fine job, Haggan I'm not certain about but the SAM is the least important of the 3 LB positions so I think he'll be passable for a season or two until we can either develop someone or spend a high pick in a future draft.

But we absolutely need a new starter at MIKE. Mays has nowhere near the range to play the spot and if we try and play DJ there I'll be very upset because we'll then not only have a poor MIKE linebacker but we'll be depriving ourselves of a guy who can be very effective at WLB.

Fairley has to now be heavy favourite to be the pick at #2 if Carolina doesn't take him. Jamal Williams and Bannan can probably be a reasonable combo at NT, both excel at holding the POA and would allow Fairley to do what he does best at UT and get into the backfield and make plays. Thomas if he's retained is a good fit as a depth UT.

On the D-Line, I think Ayers looks like a great fit as strongside DE. Dumervil is the one player that I think loses value in the switch, but if we can use him wisely then he can still be a very important and productive player for us. What I'd like to see us do is use him exclusively as a 3rd down pass rusher early in games to avoid him getting worn down on running plays and keep him effective in obvious passing downs. Then late in the 3rd quarter you start putting him in there every down and let him go against tired OT's and make plays late in the game. Genuinely think that's the best way to use him.

Of course, that means we have to find a starter at DE to play opposite Ayers. Hunter doesn't look to be much more than depth.

In the secondary, we need to resign Champ. He'd really cause all sorts of problems playing in a short zone, being allowed to read the QB. I don't expect we'll be heavy hitters in FA, but I think that we should certainly be looking to add a starting Safety if at all possible. You can usually get good value at Safety in FA, so I think it's a realistic expectation. McBath, if he can stay healthy, should really benefit from the switch as he's our best coverage safety by some distance. Dawkins is surely gone.

Go into the draft and get

Fairley
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With your first 4 picks and you're looking like you might be on the right track. Also add either a RB, TE or defensive back with the other high selection, and maybe the same again if you can get some picks for Orton (which unfortunately looks doubtful in time for this draft)

Anyone have any idea how Vickerson projects in this 4-3 by the way? I was impressed by him at times this year but I don't really know for sure how he'd translate to a new system.
If David Harris is allowed to hit the FA market, Denver should goallout the get him. Perfect Mike LB IMO.
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Anyone know why I can't post a new thread on here? I'm using firefox, anyways I wanted to post this:

First glimpse of Fox's new D for next year:

and it looks like its gonna be a 4-3

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First glimpse of Fox's new D for next year:

and it looks like its gonna be a 4-3

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Good read. I think going with the 4-3 would be the quicker trip back to a game winning D. Ayers and Doom on the wings and Fairley and (Bannan, Vickerson, et al) in the middle. That's a pretty potent pass rush right there. Kind of scary, if you ask me.
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Good read. I think going with the 4-3 would be the quicker trip back to a game winning D. Ayers and Doom on the wings and Fairley and (Bannan, Vickerson, et al) in the middle. That's a pretty potent pass rush right there. Kind of scary, if you ask me.
If they could add a top flight MLB in free agency with that defensive line we'd be vastly improved. David Harris, Stephen Tulloch, Paul Posluzny. Move D.J. back to WLB. Big turnaround. The further into the offseason we get, the more I like the idea of going back to a 4-3.
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If they could add a top flight MLB in free agency with that defensive line we'd be vastly improved. David Harris, Stephen Tulloch, Paul Posluzny. Move D.J. back to WLB. Big turnaround. The further into the offseason we get, the more I like the idea of going back to a 4-3.
Yeah, I'm bending that way, although I was hoping to go back to the Orange Crush days. 4-3 is probably the most realistic path to take given who we have on the roster.
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If they could add a top flight MLB in free agency with that defensive line we'd be vastly improved. David Harris, Stephen Tulloch, Paul Posluzny. Move D.J. back to WLB. Big turnaround. The further into the offseason we get, the more I like the idea of going back to a 4-3.
I think MAys fills that strong MLB role without having to find someone new. I also LOVE moving DJ back to the will.
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Well, I didn't think Fairley was big enough for a 3-4 DT, back in a 4-3? I hope we get him.

I'm kind of curious where this leaves Dumervil. Is he someone we can trade?

DJ @ Will, another bonus, our defense just got better by that simple move.

I think we can be in really good position.
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Except for the part where you turn our best front seven player into a situational pass rusher, or how you turn all but a handful of our other front seven starters into special teamers at best.

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Joe Mays can't cover. He's a two down run stuffer/pass rusher. We got him from the Eagles, a team that knows a thing or two about 4-3 personnel, for JJ Arrington.

If we aren't playing a 3-4 in which Mays can be a two down SILB he's nothing more than a special teamer.

The same probably applies to Haggan, though to a lesser extent. He might not suck as a 4-3 backup.
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Except for the part where you turn our best front seven player into a situational pass rusher, or how you turn all but a handful of our other front seven starters into special teamers at best.
really ? i think the talent level of our players turned them into special teamers at best and not our choice of defensive fronts.
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