The Denver Broncos have seen their fair share of mobile quarterbacks this season. In week one they faced the dangerous Andrew Luck, and last week they faced the elusive Alex Smith. Luck rushed 5 times for 19 yards, and a touchdown. while Smith ran 5 times for 42 yards. Combined thats 10 attempts for 61 yards. That's a 6.1 yards per attempt by the opposing teams defense.
Now this week the Broncos are facing Russell Wilson who might be the best scrambling quarterback in the league right now. On the season he's ran 9 times for 47 yards which is a modest 5.2 yards per rush. To prove my point more, Wilson has 199 career rushing attempts for 1,075 yards. That's a career 5.4 yards per carry.
My point is if the Broncos want to have success on the defensive side of the ball they need to keep Wilson in the pocket, and pressure him as much as possible.
"Russell Wilson, man, him being able to extend plays, just like Alex Smith, that's what makes these guys who they are," Chris Harris Jr. said. "We've got to be able to cover longer, like we have been for the last couple of weeks."
The Broncos cornerbacks have a tough test too. With Wilson's ability to extend plays the corners need to stick to their man for an extra few seconds.
It will be up to the Broncos pass rushers to get after Wilson. Neither DeMarcus Ware, Von Miller, or Quantareus Smith played in last seasons Super Bowl, and they hope to be the difference this time around.
"It’s a little tougher to get him down," Miller said of Wilson, "But I figure if we just play our game, if we can bring pressure from all different angles, somebody will be able to get him."
The Broncos next game will be against the Arizona Cardinals and they more then likely will be facing quarterback Carson Palmer. Palmer is your old school pocket passer, and the Broncos defensive players are looking forward to it.
"I can't wait until we play somebody immobile," Harris said, adding with a laugh, "We need a Peyton Manning!"
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