One of the best reads of the year regarding the Denver Broncos was published on Wednesday on MMQB by Robert Klemko who was able to learn about how two little known assistant coaches for the Broncos are giving players the edge they need to maintain their contender status in the NFL.
When Gary Kubiak was hired in 2015, he brought with him two coaching interns. Ex-Hawaii assistant Philip Rauscher and former Buffalo Bills quality control coach Thaddeus Bogardus. Their sole purpose would be to study the tendencies of individual players the Broncos would face that year. It was something that DeMarcus Ware in particularly has longed for his entire career.
That sort of thinking excites guys like DeMarcus Ware, who had long been the lone preacher and parishioner of his own church of football thinking. Over nine years with the Dallas Cowboys, he developed this theory that NFL teams ought to spend way more time studying and informing players of the individual bad habits of opposing players. Ware wanted to know these things, and he wanted coaches to study them and teach the individual tendencies, not just the standard personnel and situational team tendencies taught around the league. His pearls of wisdom were met with pushback year after year.
"When the center points, or the quarterback says something, they’re telling you everything, so why not use it?" Ware says incredulously. "Every team should do it; the Dallas coaches would say, ‘You can't go off of somebody’s tendencies.’ And I would say, ‘Well, this guy on the other team has been doing this one thing for nine years and he hasn’t stopped doing it.’
"I had that argument with coaches. In the end, I said okay, I guess I’ll be the only one to use it then."
From how an offensive lineman sets his feet when pass protecting or run blocking to knowing when a defensive end intends to bull rush or pull a stunt, these are tells every player has and the Broncos have exploited that advantage all the way to a Super Bowl title.
It is a long read, but it doesn’t feel like it. If you want to be a smarter football fan, you should read the entire thing all the way through. You won’t regret it.
3 and Out: Chargers week
The return of the ground game, the "No-Fly Zone" smothers Brock Osweiler and facing the Chargers twice in three weeks are topics on this week's show.
Devontae Booker gets ready; A.J. Derby could play soon, & more
Booker is ready for additional work if needed after rampaging through defenses the last two games ... Derby could be in line to play right away ... and DeMarcus Ware updates his progress.
That's What They Said: Chargers HC Mike McCoy and DE Joey Bosa
San Diego Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy and rookie DE Joey Bosa spoke with Denver media via conference call Wednesday about facing the Broncos for a second time.
Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders on the Broncos Huddle | 9news.com
Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders on the Broncos Huddle.
Police recover Ware's stolen Super Bowl Ring | 9news.com
Ware got all of his belongings back after having his house robbed on Monday night.
Denver Broncos' defense has frustrated QBs in a variety of ways - ESPN
The Broncos' pass rush, coverage abilities and overall depth on defense have consistently helped them limit some of the NFL's top QBs this season.
Osweiler has yet to answer the Texans’ lingering quarterback question - Washington Post
The $72 million man is the NFL's 30th-rated passer.
Fowler: Balance ‘Very Important’ For Broncos Offense « CBS Denver
Broncos wide receiver Bennie Fowler joined CBS4 sports anchor Michael Spencer and CBS4 Broncos analyst Mark Schlereth for a Tuesday night edition of Xfinity Monday Live from the ViewHouse Centennial.
Broncos should sign Karlos Williams off Steelers’ practice squad | Broncos Wire
With C.J. Anderson expected to miss games with a knee injury, the Denver Broncos should consider signing running back Karlos Williams.
Joey Bosa might have been all the Chargers were missing - SBNation.com
The rookie is living up to high expectations.
NFL panic index, Week 8: The Vikings have been exposed - SBNation.com
More losses could be coming for Washington, while more heartbreak awaits the Titans. And will poor Geno Smith ever get another chance?
In the NFL, momentum is a myth, but confidence is real - SBNation.com
Fans watching a game and broadcasters in the booth call it momentum, but as NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz explains, it’s something entirely different for the players on the field.
The Colts played up to Andrew Luck's level, for this week anyway - SBNation.com
Luck has been great most of the season. The Colts finally joined him.
Richard Sherman wore his ‘Harry Potter’ Halloween costume to a press conference - SBNation.com
Happy Halloween to all fellow Gryffindors.
Bruce Arians said letting players leap over the center to block FGs is dangerous - SBNation.com
The Arizona Cardinals’ head coach said on Sirius XM Radio that the play is "bad for football."
Shut up, Josh Brown - SBNation.com
Josh Brown releases a self-serving statement for himself and the Giants.