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<!-- body { font:12px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000; background-color: #EEF2FB; margin: 0px; } --> Look past the 2019 Denver Broncos at your own risk. The defense has had all the talent it needs and now it finally has the scheme to match." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteMile High Reporta Denver Broncos communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsBroncosOddsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Broncos NewsBroncos 2019 Draft ClassBroncos PodcastsBroncos 2019 ScheduleKey Offseason DatesCommunity RulesFull ArchiveBroncos StoriesScheduleRosterStatsOdds Shop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Filed underBig Grinenver Broncos NewsTeams will have to fight for every inch against the Broncos defenseNew John Elway Jersey ,79commentsLook past the 2019 Denver Broncos at your own risk. The defense has had all the talent it needs and now it finally has the scheme to match. Teams will have to fight for every inch against the Broncos defenseWhat better way to kick off the month of June than with a little optimism. The Denver Broncos finished their OTA program last week and will head into their mandatory minicamp this week. After that, we’ll have a long six weeks of nothing until they start training camp on July 17, 2019. OTA’s have been our first real look at the 2019 Broncos with their new head coach, their new quarterback, their new free agents and draft picks, all together for the first time. However, the voices that really matter right now are the ones we’ve all known and covered for the last half decade. Guys like Von Miller, Derek Wolfe, and Chris Harris Jr. All three made it clear that head coach Vic Fangio and his staff know how to get a defense ready to compete.The first day Harris returned to the team after a short contract dispute, he mentioned how Von Miller had already told him how he was going to enjoy the changes Fangio was making on defense. They were changes Harris had wanted all last season.“He was really explaining to me about the defensive scheme and everything that we’re doing,” Harris said of his conversations with Von. “How this is everything that I’ve been kind of crying about doing. I like it. I love it so far. I think it’s going to fit us well.”A day later, both inside linebacker Todd Davis and Wolfe added their praise to what Fangio is doing. Davis, especially, is relishing his role in the middle of this new scheme.“I like it a lot,” Davis said of Fangio’s defense. “I feel like it’s a great defense for linebackers. It allows them to roam a little bit, allows them to make every tackle on the field. I really get to play sideline to sideline, so I’m really excited about the defense. Not only that, I feel like the things we do on defense are going to be hard for the offense to try and figure out or really get a key on what we do. We change up a lot , so we have a lot to throw at people.”Meanwhile, Wolfe is feeling more nostalgia for this defense. He noted he was falling in love with this scheme saying it was the first time he’s felt that way since he was first introduced to Wade Phillips’ defense. It was his detailed comments on how the defense will enable him to create more plays for the defense’s playmakers.“It’s just, alignment-wise it’s like it’s like it’s old school defense where you line up and you beat the guy in front of you,” Wolfe said. “We’re going to be moving. You beat him, beat him, beat him, and then next thing you know we’re slanting somewhere and moving around and misdirecting.”Wolfe’s chemistry with Miller is one of the most underrated characteristics of this unit since the two began playing together in 2012. He dug into how that chemistry fits perfectly with the changes Fangio has brought with him this season.As far as the pass-rush game goes, we have some really fun pass-rush games that are just different,” Wolfe explained. “Things that aren’t just me setting things up for everybody else. It’s actually a little bit of the opposite. I can actually get to get back there and make some plays and vise versa. Taking guys like me and Von [Miller]—how many guys in the league have been working for eight years, working right beside each other for eight years? The kind of chemistry that him and I have, they could just mix and match so many different things because a lot of the times we just use hand signals and just looks. He looks at me a certain way and I know he’s like, Hey, go. I’m like, Alright, I’m going to hit this B-gap. There’s no way for an offensive lineman to be preparing for that. Then when we have all this other extra stuff that we have its going to really switch things up.”That is something coaches can’t really coach into units. Chemistry is built more between the players than anything and the way Von and Wolfe work together is an incredible asset for the defensive line. Fangio’s biggest contribution so far could be how attentive he is to the details and how everyone - players and coaches - are being held to that standard.“He knows everybody’s job no matter what the play is and what the route is or a route concept,” Davis said. “He knows what you’re supposed to be doing. The thing I love about him is in meetings he’s not afraid to call anybody out no matter who you are—Pro Bowl or not, All-Pro, it doesn’t matter. If you’re not doing something or not doing your job Brandon McManus Color Rush Jersey , he’ll call you out in front of everybody, and I love it. I think everybody is held to a higher accountability level and keeps us all where we need to be.”The accountability part goes beyond just the practice field. Nose tackle Shelby Harris noted on Friday that one of the biggest changes in defensive meetings is that the whole unit meets first and goes over every detail. There is no finger pointing or confusion. The entire unit sees the big picture before breaking out into individual position group meetings.“This year we’re doing things a little differently,” Shelby Harris said. “We’re meeting as a defense at first and then going over the plays. It kind of keeps everyone on the same page because, Alright, I thought someone else was supposed to have this hole. Then Vic can be like, no, this is actually your hole. You’re supposed to be here, you’re supposed to be here. It works out because then there is no finger pointing. ‘This is your fault.’ ‘This is your fault.’ No, everyone is on the same page and everyone is working to the same common goal. It really just helps us stay accountable to each other the way this is all going on. Last year, I felt like accountability was a word that was thrown out a lot and a lot of people felt like a lot of people weren’t being held accountable. This year, there is none of that. I feel like this is going to be really good for our defense to be in those meetings, meet together and work together.”The way Harris explained it summed everything up nicely. It’s about accountability, but also responsibility. Players are not being blamed, they are expected to go back out there and improve. It took Fangio four years to build the Chicago Bears defense into a contender, but he started with one of the worst defenses in the NFL. In Denver, he is starting with a defense that has been coached into poor positions. The talent is still largely there and the difference between a middling rank and a top five rank could just be how well the unit is coached in 2019.So far, it is looking like they’ll be coached well and teams expecting to come in a roll the Broncos defense like its 2018 are going to find themselves having to fight for every inch of ground instead.What’s not to like about that? John Elway joined Dave Logan on Orange & Blue 760 for his weekly radio interview. Among questions about the bye week, and dealing with offensive line injuries Shane Ray Jersey , Logan asked Elway what his expectations were for the last seven games of the season as Denver sits at 3-6 coming out of the bye.“Every time I go into a season and look at the schedule I think that we can win every football game, so that hasn’t changed”, Elway said. “There’s been enough good things to think that if we can put it all together, and have some consistency with it, and take care of the little things that we have a chance to beat anybody.”Elway has a point as Denver has played three games against two of the best teams in the league and lost by 4, 3, and 7 points respectively. Denver also sits at a curious -8 in point differential which is certainly better than all the other 3-6 teams this year, but also better than some 4-5, and 5-4 teams, so it seems there is something to the comments that Denver is better than their record indicates.However, as Vance Joseph has reiterated several times, there are no moral victories in the NFL, and you can claim to be the best 3-6 team in the league all day, but you actually have to win a game at some point. Elway understands that and spoke to the fact that they need to take this one game at a time.They’ll have another big challenge on Sunday, as I believe this upcoming game is the most difficult one left on the schedule. If Denver can come away from Los Angeles with a win against a red hot Chargers team, I think Elway’s point has even more weight. Take a look at the rest of Denver’s schedule:11 Nov 18 DEN @ LAC12 Nov 25 PIT @ DEN13 Dec 02 DEN @ CIN14 Dec 09 DEN @ SF15 Dec 15 CLE @ DEN16 Dec 24 DEN @ OAK17 Dec 30 LAC @ DEN While the case could easily be made for Denver losing out the rest of the way, I think Denver could challenge and beat each of these teams above given the right circumstances.The Broncos have to come out swinging on Sunday to have a chance.

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