We interrupt your regularly scheduled discussion on who the next starting quarterback is for the Denver Broncos to bring you an update on the first team Broncos defense. You know, that defense that brought you all of the Super Bowl glory and bragging rights you, as a fan, now enjoy.
Collectively, the first team defense has only played about 1.5 quarters through two preseason games. Still, it was an impressive 1.5 quarters.
Against the Chicago Bears, the first team played about two series. Keeping in mind that the Broncos sat four of their defensive starters in this contest.
The Bears got a quick first down for 12 yards on a pass from Jay Cutler to Alshon Jeffery on their first play from scrimmage, but it was lockdown mode after that for the Broncos defense. The Bears gained -2 total yards after that on that remaining drive and the subsequent 3 and out.
The first team defense ended both drives with sacks. Derek Wolfe and Shane Ray converged on Cutler to end the first drive, while T.J. Ward obliterated Cutler to end the second drive.
Coincidentally, the first team defense played the San Francisco 49ers for just two series as well. The difference was that an actual quarter of play went by during that.
The 49ers had a little more success after their first three and out when they converted two first downs before Chris Harris Jr. made his own third down stop. All told, the defense surrendered two first downs for a grand total of 37 yards during both drives.
That is 16 plays for 47 total yards and two sacks for this defense through four drives this preseason. Who wouldn’t take 2.9 yards per play from a defense?
So quarterback drama aside, it feels good knowing the Broncos are heading into the regular season with a defense that will keep this team within striking distance in every game this year.