The Denver Broncos do not have a weakness defensively, and the play of Derek Wolfe is a big reason why. Wolfe returned from a four-game suspension just four short weeks ago, and has been incredible in that short period of time, earning AFC defensive player of the week honors vs. the Green Bay Packers.
When you flip on the tape, it’s not hard to see why.
Wolfe was disruptive all game long, and though he came out of Cincinnati with a reputation for being able to sack the quarterback from the interior, he has emerged as a big time run stopper and the Broncos are nearly unstoppable because of it.
He talked to Denver media about not having as many sacks simply because there aren’t many to go around, but he’s thankful to the Packers for continually running the ball in his direction…
“Anytime I don’t get a sack, I don’t think I had a good game. Sacks aren’t rolling around as much as they used to anymore with DeMarcus and Von and Malik and Shaq now. They are so many guys that can rush the passer that it’s almost like, even if you do have a good rush, it’s not good enough because they’re just a little bit faster. I embrace that role as being the guy that if they’re going to run the ball at me, it’s going to be a long day. I appreciate that. I thank the Green Bay Packers for trying to run the ball at me.”
Wolfe has a nasty streak when he plays that I absolutely love watching. He’s the third Broncos defensive player already this season to be named AFC defensive player of the week, and I don’t think he’ll be the last. What’s crazy is, only 30 players in the history of the organization have won the weekly award, and 10 percent have come from this year’s crew.
The element of physicality that Wolfe brings to the defensive front along with Sylvester Williams and Malik Jackson is encouraging to see. It will be interesting to find out what players the Broncos are able to keep on the roster from this unit, but it’s also important that fans realize the greatness that is currently being put out there on the field.
This might be the most talented, best defensive unit you’ve seen in a long, long time.