Denver Broncos defensive lineman Derek Wolfe praised his position coach, Bill Kollar, saying that Kollar is the best coach at his position.
Bill Kollar has been the defensive line coach of the Denver Broncos since 2015. He has had the pleasure of coaching Derek Wolfe, Malik Jackson, Domata Peko, and Shelby Harris among others.
Wolfe praised Kollar in a press conference Monday, calling him the best defensive line coach in the league.
At times during the 2018 season, the Broncos run defense was very poor. Other times, they did well. Something to keep in mind, though, is that even if the stats don’t show it for members of the defensive line, it could still be looked at as successful.
What I mean is, in order for players at the other positions (mainly linebacker) to record sacks and/or tackles for loss, it is beneficial to have the defensive line eat up the offensive line blockers. That leaves the linebackers/blitzers unblocked, allowing them to get to the backfield where the quarterback (or running back) is.
During each of the first two seasons under Kollar, Wolfe accumulated 5.5 sacks. In total, he recorded 100 tackles in that same span. Since then, he has recorded 74 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
Again, eating up blockers is part of the job as a defensive lineman. Linebacker Von Miller has recorded 49 sacks since Kollar became the team’s defensive line coach, and part of the credit needs to go to Kollar.
I remember being at training camp since he was hired. His yell echoed around the facility. He is a motivated position coach and it is obvious that his passion rubs off on the players he coaches.
The Denver Broncos are lucky to have a coach like Kollar. Whether or not he is the best at the job is all speculation. What matters is that the players respect him and love to play for him.