The Jags first opponent – Playing Offense against the Denver Broncos
By Terry OBrien
The 3-4 defensive alignment with aggressive rushing is a high risk high reward style of football. With a strong 3 man front, Denver has the linebackers and the secondary to play this alignment.
However, if the OLB rushes and doesn’t get to the quarterback, the right side is vulnerable. The same with the left side. As you can see from the rushing statistics, big 15+ yard runs can be ripped off. Denver does not know how to stay at home and defend, they attack. If a team figures them out, like San Diego did, Denver was vulnerable.
Denver believes the front three let them down last year, so they went shopping in free agency. The entire Defensive line of the Broncos will feature new faces. For example; well respected veteran NT Jamal Williams who came via free agency from the Chargers. He is considered a good player but sat out in the last year with a triceps injury. Then there is Justin Bannan who was signed also in free agency. The former Bill and Raven has lot of experience but because of Sam Adams; and Haloti Ngata he didn’t see much action so he is relatively fresh than his age might suggest. And there is Jarvis Green coming from the Patriots. These 3 guys might all start this year against the Jaguars. They never played together before. That presents a challenge for Denver.
The linebacking corps is strong led by Elvis Dumervile. Denver wants to get last year’s first round draft choice Robert Ayers in the game. DJ Williams played well and had 3.5 sacks from the inside. The other position is open but possibly moving Jarvis Moss to the outside is an option.
So let’s look at how the Jaguars might play offense against the Denver Broncos.