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The Squeeze: Steve Spurrier's retirement and the defense

Good morning, #BroncosCountry –

Happy Tuesday! The Broncos have the day off today and will return on Wednesday to prepare for Sunday's game against the Browns. In the meantime, here are three storylines to get caught up on starting with the defense:

1. New York Times heralds Broncos' elite defense
The New York times looked in depth at the Broncos' dominant defense and had some strong words.

Writer Chase Stuart broke down the each phase, critical situations and how the defense continues to lift the Broncos over opposition each week.

Look at any defensive metric, and there is a good chance the Broncos are at or near the top of the list. Denver has forced 14 turnovers, the most in the N.F.L. And the Broncos' defense has allowed only seven touchdowns this season, second best in the N.F.L. to the Jets, who have played one fewer game.

Read more of Stuart's breakdown here.

2. Stewart says farewell to Spurrier
Safety Darian Stewart, a South Carolina alumnus, tweeted out his disappointment in hearing that Gamecocks' head coach Steve Spurrier has announced his retirement.

Stewart played all four of his collegiate seasons under Spurrier. Stewart was a member of the squad that helped Spurrier earn his 100th SEC win in 2008 with a win over Kentucky.

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