Denver Broncos Fanzone: Interview with Maris Smith
Recapping Dallas and the run game
The Denver Broncos had a phenomenal win over the Dallas Cowboys. What stood out to you the most in the win?
That’s easy. It is the run defense. The line held [Ezekiel] Elliott to eight yards in nine carries. That’s less than one yard per carry. At one point, Elliott had negative yards! Domata Peko and [Derek] Wolfe, wow, what can I say? They were such a big factor in stopping the run. But the line as a whole showed up big time and bullied the vaunted Cowboys offensive line. Our defense is sexy. This defensive line is far cry from last year’s 27th ranked run defense. It’s such an improvement.
We got to see the running game perform at its best on Sunday. What do you believe is contributing to the success of C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles?
The offensive line, of course! They get the credit for C.J. and Jamaal’s performance. There were a few “here we go again” moments. But for the most part, they protected Trevor and kept him upright. Now there is plenty of room for improvement, it is early on in the season, but it is definitely looking better than last season. Hopeful they will get better. Just need to stay healthy and keep Trevor upright.