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08:06 AM ET 06.22 | Four teams hung at least 40 points on Denver last season, something Peyton Manning may help curb in 2012. In Denver, we hear that Manning's role working with Mike McCoy and the offense has benefitted the "D" by giving John Fox more time to pay attention to that side of the ball, which has a new coordinator in Jack Del Rio. The Broncos will be more aggressive on defense under Del Rio, and have the pass rushers to complement what Manning will do on offense in the form of Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil. Getting after the quarterback wasn't a huge concern for Denver in 2011 -- the Broncos were tied for 10th in the league with 41 sacks -- but high-powered passing offenses had their way with Denver's secondary.

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June 22, 2012  08:20 AM ET

Jack Del Rio? Really? And you expect improvement?

Practicing against Peyton's offense should at least give them some experience. If they don't step up, though, they will just be more experienced at "being burned."

June 22, 2012  08:35 AM ET

What's this story doing here? This is AFC East Day.

June 22, 2012  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Jack Del Rio? Really? And you expect improvement?Practicing against Peyton's offense should at least give them some experience. If they don't step up, though, they will just be more experienced at "being burned."

I don't know DD. I like Del Rio and think that he may be a far more effective DC than HC. And, teamed with Fox, Denver should see some improvement. It isn't as though he's dealing with a lousy D to start with.

June 22, 2012  08:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Jack Del Rio? Really? And you expect improvement?Practicing against Peyton's offense should at least give them some experience. If they don't step up, though, they will just be more experienced at "being burned."

I don't know DD. I like Del Rio and think that he may be a far more effective DC than HC. And, teamed with Fox, Denver should see some improvement. It isn't as though he's dealing with a lousy D to start with.

June 22, 2012  08:42 AM ET

Not posting defensive plays on twitter should also improve the D.

June 22, 2012  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I don't know DD. I like Del Rio and think that he may be a far more effective DC than HC. And, teamed with Fox, Denver should see some improvement. It isn't as though he's dealing with a lousy D to start with.

Could be he's another Wade Phillips, I suppose, but his years at Jax were underwhelming.

June 22, 2012  08:49 AM ET
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Could be he's another Wade Phillips, I suppose, but his years at Jax were underwhelming.

No argument there.

June 22, 2012  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Could be he's another Wade Phillips, I suppose, but his years at Jax were underwhelming.

Everything about that franchise is underwhelming.

June 22, 2012  09:11 AM ET

Football is not a contact sport, Dancing is a Contact Sport, Football is a Collision Sport!!!you guessed it Vince Lombardi!!! Denver has to collide a little more!

June 22, 2012  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I don't know DD. I like Del Rio and think that he may be a far more effective DC than HC. And, teamed with Fox, Denver should see some improvement. It isn't as though he's dealing with a lousy D to start with.

I agree with you, LSN. Del Rio became a head coach for a reason. He just couldn't get that QB position figured out down there in Jacksonville.

June 22, 2012  10:06 AM ET

Denver's defense was pretty good last year, the offense was sluggish. this story leads one to believe the D was the problem.

June 22, 2012  10:16 AM ET
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Could be he's another Wade Phillips, I suppose, but his years at Jax were underwhelming.

But under John Fox here in Carolina he had one of the best defenses in the league..thats what got him the HC job in Jax.

June 22, 2012  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I don't know DD. I like Del Rio and think that he may be a far more effective DC than HC. And, teamed with Fox, Denver should see some improvement. It isn't as though he's dealing with a lousy D to start with.

The AFC West will be interesting to follow, at the start of the season anyway. Denver should be obviously improved, there's a new regime in Oakland, the Chiefs could start well if everyone is healthy to begin with, and the Chargers... well I guess it all depends on how long it takes the Chargers to start firing on all cylinders.

June 22, 2012  11:13 AM ET
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Not posting defensive plays on twitter should also improve the D.

good one

I like how Peyton gets credit for everything...even the defense will be better because of the magic of Peyton. I like the guy and all, but he is only one player, not an army

June 22, 2012  11:19 AM ET
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good oneI like how Peyton gets credit for everything...even the defense will be better because of the magic of Peyton. I like the guy and all, but he is only one player, not an army

I guess one way he helps a defense is that he's not prone to multiple three-and-out series. Give the defense more time to rest, and they won't be completely gassed early in games.

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June 23, 2012  12:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Denver's defense was pretty good last year, the offense was sluggish. this story leads one to believe the D was the problem.

Actually, Denver's defense was below average. They ranked 20th in yards allowed and 24th in points allowed, while giving up more than 40 points a league-leading 5 times, including the Patriots playoff win.

June 23, 2012  01:04 AM ET
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I guess one way he helps a defense is that he's not prone to multiple three-and-out series. Give the defense more time to rest, and they won't be completely gassed early in games.

Undoubtedly, he also won't be restricted by Fox's and McCoy's ultra-conservative play calling which limited Tebow to limited passing attempts on mostly third-and-long situations until the Broncos had no choice but to open things up in the 4th quarter.

June 23, 2012  06:28 AM ET
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Undoubtedly, he also won't be restricted by Fox's and McCoy's ultra-conservative play calling which limited Tebow to limited passing attempts on mostly third-and-long situations until the Broncos had no choice but to open things up in the 4th quarter.

+1 once again.

 
June 23, 2012  12:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Denver's defense was pretty good last year, the offense was sluggish. this story leads one to believe the D was the problem.

I think most people tend to overrate Denver's defense last year. Just about Any team with a good offense destroyed them.

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