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Old 04-26-2011, 08:09 AM   #1
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Default A potential Miller selection

I ask this for the people who have an excellent grasp of defensive schemes.

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We are moving to a 4-3
Dumerville plays one DE
Ayers plays one DE
Broncos draft Von Miller at #2

Question - where does he play?

If he plays DE, Ayers has to either move back to LB (or to the bench)
If he plays LB, how does he get a pass rush without blitzing every down (unless you drop Marcus Thomas into coverage or something)

How does Miller rush from the LB spot without sending 5 every play?

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Zone blitzing...A d-lineman will drop and i assume on 3rd downs, miller will play with his hand down since its not exactly ayers's forte.
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:12 AM   #3
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Is Fox known for that kind of scheme?
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Also, on obvious passing downs you can slide Ayers inside to DT
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Is Fox known for that kind of scheme?
The strong side LB is the pass rushing LB in Fox's system and Dennis Allen had some crazy blitzes while he was the Saints D-coordinator. If the Broncos draft Miller, expect those sorts of things. They arent gonna draft him just to be the traditional SAM.
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Ayers will most likely move inside on some occasions. Miller from the LB position can also be moved around to blitz inside or outside. 3rd downs are the easy part if you draft Miller. It's 1st and 2nd down that I am wondering about.
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look at how the Ravens use Terrell Suggs. also, can you imagine the magnitude of awesomeness of how great it would be to see Doom and Miller on the same side of the LOS on passing downs. I would envision a **** ton of holding calls, sacks, and if Ayers shows his true ability now that he is back in his proper position it could be a very scary disruptive group of pass rushers, especially if we can get some talent in the middle of the line.
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Also, on obvious passing downs you can slide Ayers inside to DT
would you really want to have Ayers rushing from the interior?
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I ask this for the people who have an excellent grasp of defensive schemes.

Assumptions
We are moving to a 4-3
Dumerville plays one DE
Ayers plays one DE
Broncos draft Von Miller at #2

Question - where does he play?

If he plays DE, Ayers has to either move back to LB (or to the bench)
If he plays LB, how does he get a pass rush without blitzing every down (unless you drop Marcus Thomas into coverage or something)

How does Miller rush from the LB spot without sending 5 every play?

Thanks
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He plays strong side LBer. The you go with the ZONE BLITZZZZ!!!
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... if Ayers shows his true ability now that he is back in his proper position ...
What do you consider his proper position? (relative to where he was utilized previously)
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The strong side LB is the pass rushing LB in Fox's system and Dennis Allen had some crazy blitzes while he was the Saints D-coordinator. If the Broncos draft Miller, expect those sorts of things. They arent gonna draft him just to be the traditional SAM.
Yep, the more I think about the Broncos drafting Miller, the more I like it. The Broncos absolutely need to upgrade their talent along the defensive line but Miller provides an immediate impact player on the defense. I can see Allen doing some very creative zone blitz schemes with Miller where they keep him moving around.

The key is getting Doom healthy and back up to speed and igniting the fire underneath Ayers ass. Also, bringing back Thomas would be key, along with bringing in some rookie talent along the defensive line.
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Zone blitzing...A d-lineman will drop and i assume on 3rd downs, miller will play with his hand down since its not exactly ayers's forte.
How is it not his forte? That's his natural position.
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How is it not his forte? That's his natural position.
Ayers has proven he can be disruptive in the backfield, but hes never been a sack artist. He only had 9 sacks TOTAL in college and we're well aware of his lack of sack productivity on the pro level.
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Honestly, 4-3 may be the best thing that ever happened to Ayers. Focusing on just being strong-side contain is right up his ally. Then let doom unleash havoc on the other side.

A Miller/DJ and Woodyard or Mays combo up the middle seems really positive. We still need help at safety though.
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Ayers has proven he can be disruptive in the backfield, but hes never been a sack artist. He only had 9 sacks TOTAL in college and we're well aware of his lack of sack productivity on the pro level.
But that's not completely why we drafted him. We drafted him to contain the run and be a anvil against Doom's hammer. In that role he should do remarkably well.

Honestly, as good as Doom is, he has always been weak at the run, especially in the LB corp. A move back to DE he would do well.

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Honestly, 4-3 may be the best thing that ever happened to Ayers. Focusing on just being strong-side contain is right up his ally. Then let doom unleash havoc on the other side.

A Miller/DJ and Woodyard or Mays combo up the middle seems really positive. We still need help at safety though.
Adding Miller to an already good LBer corps makes it the deepest position on the defense. If the Broncos draft Miller then the LBer corps is very deep. I can see Miller coming in and the Broncos going with a 5-2 alignment with Woodyard and Williams being the 2 LBers behind the LOS (or even Mays).
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In the 4-3, he'd have to be SLB, no? He's not that big and has a ton of speed/can cover. He was a DE in the 4-3 at A&M, i believe, but he's small for that position in the NFL. He might be John Mobley with better speed and pass rush instincts.
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He might be John Mobley with better speed and pass rush instincts.
That would work just fine!
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look at how the Ravens use Terrell Suggs. also, can you imagine the magnitude of awesomeness of how great it would be to see Doom and Miller on the same side of the LOS on passing downs. I would envision a **** ton of holding calls, sacks, and if Ayers shows his true ability now that he is back in his proper position it could be a very scary disruptive group of pass rushers, especially if we can get some talent in the middle of the line.
That kind of group could instantly boost the turnovers for the defense. Miller just makes too much sense for what the Broncos need for him to actually be selected. Not much this franchise has done over the past ten years has made much sense. Im not sure what I'll think if they actually do something that makes sense and take Miller.
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That would work just fine!
Yeah, Mobley was WLB til he made the switch when Romo left for Oakland and did a nice job. I wonder how Miller is against the run. The game I saw him play v LSU, he looked up to the challenge, just didn't have a lot of help on Ridley once Hodges (i think that was the other A&M LB) went down.
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But that's not completely why we drafted him. We drafted him to contain the run and be a anvil against Doom's hammer. In that role he should do remarkably well.

Honestly, as good as Doom is, he has always been weak at the run, especially in the LB corp. A move back to DE he would do well.
Great, this has nothing to do with why i implied Miller replacing Ayers on 3rd down.
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The versatility that Miller and Peterson allow for are why they are my top 2 picks.

I really think Doom, Ayers, and Miller would be each others best friends. Doom and Miller apear to have instinctive noses for the QB, and while Ayers doesn't quite close the sack deal, IMO he does seem to be pretty disruptive (and while probably improve with good coaching and another year of experience). I picture so many overwhelmed and confused blockers.
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The strong side LB is the pass rushing LB in Fox's system and Dennis Allen had some crazy blitzes while he was the Saints D-coordinator. If the Broncos draft Miller, expect those sorts of things. They arent gonna draft him just to be the traditional SAM.

Dennis Allen wasn't the DC for the Saints. Greg Williams was responsible for the blitzes.
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Honestly, 4-3 may be the best thing that ever happened to Ayers. Focusing on just being strong-side contain is right up his ally. Then let doom unleash havoc on the other side.

A Miller/DJ and Woodyard or Mays combo up the middle seems really positive. We still need help at safety though.
Expect that to be addressed in FA...for now. And be a focus in next years draft.
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Miller is also in the mold of the late great Derrick Thomas.

On passing downs, as stated, Miller can put his hand in the dirt at DE, Ayers goes inside, and Doom on the other side. We draft one of the disruptive DTs that will be there in round two as well, like Marvin Austin or the likes.

Ayers can play inside on passing downs, he actually showed good ability in doing this.

If we do end up getting a DT at number 2, then Carter out of UNC is a LBer with great ability and pass rushing versatility as well. He can do it all and is a baller.

Only thing that killed him was tearing his acl last year. But hes fully recovered now.
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