The Denver Broncos defense will likely be without DeMarcus Ware or Derek Wolfe, but Aqib Talib will be making his first live game appearance and newly acquired defensive lineman Henry Melton will also get his first crack with the NFL's best defense.
There will be much to see. Broncos Defensive Coordinator, Wade Phillips, agrees.
"I’m really looking forward to this game," Phillips said of the third preseason game. "Obviously, our first group is going to play a lot more. There’s more game planning involved. It’s really getting the whole team used to what we do on a regular game basis. We won’t do everything we do during the regular season, but a lot of things we do. We look at the other team a lot more. We look at tendencies and all those things. It’s the dress rehearsal game. I’m looking forward to it. We’ll play some other guys, but I want to see our first group get out there and get after it."
For me, I'll be seeing how Melton fits in with the defense. Reports from last weeks' practice sessions had Melton mostly playing with the first team defense, which is significant. He seems to be picking up the defense rather well.
"Henry Melton, University of Texas," Phillips said of Melton's progress. "He’s picked it up pretty well. I’d say real well. Sometimes it obviously takes a while, a different language than they’ve been in before. He’s had some experience, so that’s helped him. He’s a pretty smart guy."
As in 2015, the success of this team will flow through the defense. Obviously we all hope for some offensive improvement, but the defense knows they can only worry about what they do on their side of the ball.
"It’s a team game, obviously. We’re going to do our part, whatever our part is," Phillips said of the defense stepping it up this year. "If we’re like last year, our team didn’t worry about the other side of the ball, they worried about how well they played. That’s what we want to do. We have to out-play the other team’s defense. If they hold our team to not much, then we hold them to less. That’s the way we play the game."
Either way, I think we're all in for a wild ride. We are literally less than two weeks from the regular season!
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