As the Denver Broncos head to the final preseason game, Simon Fletcher checked in with Ryan Edwards, Andrew Mason, and Steve Atwater of First and 10 at 10 on Orange and Blue 760. He covered everything from the improvement on the offensive line to the impact that Von Miller will have on Bradley Chubb’s growth as a player.
His analysis of the offensive line, and the ability of the offense to disguise plays was intriguing. With defenses forced into waiting until the last minute to decide if a play is run or pass, the offensive line gains an advantage they haven’t had in the last two season. This improvement should come as welcome news for Broncos Country. As a pass rush specialist, Fletcher knows the importance of decisiveness on the defensive side of the ball.
He also knows how important it is for young players to have good role models. When asked about Chubb’s development, it was clear that he sees Von Miller as the biggest advantage. Calling Miller the de facto defensive leader, he knows how important it will be for the two players to work together.
Today's Quarterback Hit Statistics:— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) August 25, 2018
Bradley Chubb .5 sacks (3 yards) 2 QB Hits and 1 pass defense
Adam Gotsis 1 sack (5 yards), 1 QB Hit
Von Miller 2 QB Hits
DeMarcus Walker .5 sacks, 2 QB Hits
The Broncos will rely heavily on the defensive line this season. With changes to the secondary, and the style of play, the defense will need to get to the quarterback. Disruption in the backfield will be the hallmark of this team. With the pass rushing specialists like Miller and Chubb, along with push up the middle by Derek Wolfe, Domata Peko, Adam Gotsis, and DeMarcus Walker, opponents will have their hands full.
The defense won’t look like the 2015 Super Bowl champions, but it will still be one of the best in the league. Opposing quarterbacks will struggle with all the pressure, and Denver will win a lot of possessions through fear.
Stay for the whole interview, learn how to get your hands on Simon Fletcher’s BBQ, and where he learned to cook. You won’t be disappointed.