On Now
Coming Up
  • Sun., Oct. 05, 2014 2:05 PM MDT Denver Broncos Pink Game The Denver Broncos annual Salute to Survivors halftime recognition, celebrating breast cancer survivors at the team's game against the Arizona Cardinals.
  • Sun., Oct. 05, 2014 2:05 PM MDT Broncos vs. Cardinals The Broncos face the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 2:05 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast on FOX.
  • Tue., Oct. 07, 2014 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM MDT Drive for Life XVII

    Bonfils Blood Center and the Denver Broncos work together on an annual Drive for Life event which is the largest single day blood drive in Colorado.

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014
    Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    Click here for more information about the 2014 DFL event.

    Learn more from Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway and 9News' Cheryl Preheim about 2014 Drive for Life.

  • Sun., Oct. 12, 2014 11:00 AM MDT Denver Broncos at New York Jets The Denver Broncos travel to Met Life Stadium to take on the New York Jets on Oct. 12, 2014 at 11 a.m. MT. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Tue., Oct. 14, 2014 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM MDT Hometown Huddle Broncos Hometown Huddle
  • Sun., Oct. 19, 2014 6:30 PM MDT Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers The Denver Broncos take on the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football on NBC.
  • Thu., Oct. 23, 2014 6:25 PM MDT Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers The Denver Broncos take on AFC West opponent the San Diego Chargers on Thursady Night Football on NFL Network.
  • Sun., Nov. 02, 2014 2:25 PM MST Denver Broncos at New England Patriots The Denver Broncos travel to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Patriots in a rematch of the 2013 AFC Championship. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Sun., Nov. 09, 2014 2:05 PM MST Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders The Denver Broncos face their AFC West foe Oakland Raiders on the road. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Sun., Nov. 16, 2014 11:00 AM MST Denver Broncos at St. Louis Rams The Denver Broncos face the St. Louis Rams on the road at 11 a.m. MST. The game will be broadcast on CBS.

News & Blogs

Print
RSS

Del Rio's FA Wishlist Fulfilled

Posted May 27, 2014

Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio spoke to the media about working with the Broncos' three Pro Bowl free agent acquisitions.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Prior to free agency, Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio had his own wishlist that he thought was just that: wishful thinking.

"I said, you know, if I could make it happen it would be a dominant rush end, a strong safety that will come up and really strike fear in an offense and really be a tone-setter, and a premium corner," Del Rio said during "A Night With the Coaches" at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on May 13. "There's no way we'll get that done, but I'd love to see that happen. Any way you can make that happen, Mr. Elway?"

It took Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway a tad over 24 hours after the signing period opened to check off each box, picking up safety T.J. Ward, cornerback Aqib Talib and defensive end DeMarcus Ware.

Now that he's had a chance to work with each of his defense's new toys, Del Rio revisited the Broncos' acquisitions after rookie minicamp practice on May 17.

Perhaps the biggest name of the bunch -- Ware, a 7-time Pro Bowler and 4-time first-team All-Pro -- is already impressing Del Rio with both his physical ability and his intangibles.

"He’s very explosive," Del Rio said. "I mean in our drill work, the guy’s got some juice to be able to harass the quarterback."

"But his leadership has been outstanding, too."

In Talib, the Broncos grabbed a top player from the rival Patriots for the second year in a row. Denver's experience facing the corner the past two years says a lot about what they think of him as a player, according to Del Rio.

"We’ve gone against him and anytime he’s got the respect of your better players, then you know you’ve got a real good football player," he said.

That isn't to discount Denver's first pickup of free agency, one that should have an impact in a variety of ways. "A guy that'll come down and set the tone," Ward will play a lot of strong safety, where he went to his first Pro Bowl last season. But Del Rio also anticipates using him as a linebacker in some nickel and dime situations.

"You can never have enough bodies, especially in sub packages, to be able to deal with all the multiple wide receiver sets you get," Del Rio said. "And the fact that he can drop down and play like a linebacker role as well, because of his physicality, that’s just an added bonus."

It's still way too early to anticipate how the Broncos' defense will come together, but Denver's coordinator hopes the new trio can help restore the heights of the 2012 defense.

"Two years ago we finished in the top of the league and last year… we didn’t," Del Rio said. "We like being at the top."

"So we’ll work our way back. We’ve got good players, good design. We’re going to work hard. And we expect to be good."

Facebook Comments

Let us know your thoughts. Comment below through Facebook, AOL, Hotmail or Yahoo accounts.