On Now
Coming Up
  • Tue., Feb. 27, 2018 12:00 AM MST NFL Scouting Combine begins Feb. 27-March 5: NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Mon., Mar. 12, 2018 12:00 AM MDT Clubs may negotiate with unrestricted free agents March 12-14: Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2017 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14.
  • Wed., Mar. 14, 2018 2:00 PM MDT 2018 league year and free agency period begin

    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2018 on all players who have option clauses in their 2017 contracts.

    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit qualifying offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.

    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit a minimum salary tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2017 contracts who have fewer than three accrued seasons of free agency credit.

    Top 51 begins. All clubs must be under the 2018 salary cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    All 2017 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    The 2018 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    The first day of the 2018 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the league office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14.

    The first day of the 2018 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the league office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14.

    Trading period for 2018 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2017 contracts.

  • Sun., Mar. 25, 2018 12:00 AM MDT Annual League Meetings begin March 25-28: Annual League Meetings, Orlando, Florida.
  • Mon., Apr. 16, 2018 12:00 AM MDT Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs April 16: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
  • Thu., Apr. 26, 2018 6:00 PM MDT 2018 NFL Draft begins April 26-28: 2018 NFL Draft, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX.
Print
RSS

Mile-High Defense Sets the Tone

Posted Dec 30, 2012

The Broncos defense finished the regular season tied for a league best with 52 sacks.


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- When the final whistle sounded to end the third quarter, the Broncos defense charged the length of the field at full speed as if it was chasing an opposing quarterback.

While the Chiefs walked down the field, using the opportunity to catch their collective breath, the Broncos’ defense sprinted.

“It was great," linebacker Von Miller said. "I think it was a momentum shift with the guys on our defense showing that we’re not tired. We’re going to keep pushing, keep drilling through it. It was great … it’s great to see those guys amped up.”

As safeties Rahim Moore and Mike Adams tore down the field, the crowd rose to its feet, whipped into a frenzy from the display of energy.

Even the offensive players watching on the sideline felt the effect.

“Our fans are incredible,” tight end Jacob Tamme said. “I was getting goose bumps in the fourth quarter when our defensive guys were running down the field, the way the fans responded.”

The break between quarters was just about the only time this season that opponents' quarterbacks were safe.

The Broncos defense sacked Chiefs signal caller Brady Quinn four times on Sunday to bring its season total to 52 quarterback takedowns, which tied for the league lead and marked the most for the franchise since 1991.

“Everybody played their part,” said defensive end Elvis Dumervil, who finished with 11 sacks in 2012. “And obviously the guys on defense executing, believing in our staff, believing in what we’re trying to get accomplished. The crowd noise was amazing. It was a great day for the D.”

Denver’s defense finished the season ranked in the top 5 in both total (3rd) and scoring (5th) defense.

After the Broncos’ defense kick-started the fourth quarter with their spontaneous wind sprint, it allowed just 20 yards during the final frame.

During Denver’s 11-game win streak to end the season, the defense allowed just 15.9 points per game, while the offense averaged 31.5.

For the Broncos to make a run in the playoffs, their defense will have to continue its regular-season success into the postseason.

And that’s a challenge that’s OK with the franchise’s new single-season sack king, Von Miller.

“That sounds pretty good,” Miller said, who finished the season with 18.5 sacks. “If we can put it in anybody’s hands, we want it. We want the ball. We want to be in situations where we can make plays for our team. It sounds pretty good.”