The Denver Broncos have had seven defensive coordinators in seven years. I
magine how hard it was for Dennis Allen to come in last season with the lockout and improve a 32nd ranked defense. It’s no wonder he won over hearts in the league and is now the head coach of the Oakland Raiders after just one season as defensive coordinator in Denver.
Now a seasoned head coach steps into the role and inherits a defense that was 22nd against the pass and 18th against the rush last season. Jack Del Rio is especially grateful for this OTA time as he looks to improve the defense further.
“The guys effected by that lockout last year were the young guys that don’t get this time,” Del Rio said. “Veterans can kind of overcome it. The younger guys…they’re swimming right now. They’re trying to figure out the speed of the game, the athletes, and then the volume on top, it’s a lot for them.”
Now those young guys will have heard everything prior to getting to training camp at the end of July. Maybe we do need to cut players like second year safety Rahim Moore a break.
The Broncos defense is keeping some things in place while changing others, and Del Rio admitted that there is some “relearning that needs to take place.”
“This is a very valuable time,” Del Rio said.
Valuable for both the players and the coaches.