Posted Mon Sep 21st by Monty
In what can easily be interpreted as the first jab from current Denver Broncos Head Coach to former, Josh McDaniels looked dumbfounded when asked why the team made the switch from the 4-3 to the 3-4 in one season instead of making a gradual change.
His response, simply: What 4-3?
“The 4-3 really wasn’t here,” McDaniels said in his Monday press conference. “The way that they had played, the style and the guys, we just felt like it wasn’t like we had a solid 4-3 defensive scheme in terms of our personnel to fit that scheme. In other words, why take a year and (transition gradually) when it really wasn’t in place to begin with?”
McDaniels has a point. The 2008 Broncos defense was historically bad, culminating in a three-game losing streak that allowed over 30 points per game and knocked the Broncos out of the playoffs.
When a defense is playing that poorly, can you really call it a defense at all?
So the Broncos didn’t rebuild, they decided to just build. Champ Bailey is the only 2008 Bronco playing in the same position and at the same spot he was a year ago, while newcomers like Brian Dawkins and Ronald Fields have set a physical, aggressive tone.
So far, it’s paid off. Mike Nolan‘s revamped 3-4 defense has allowed only 13 points (one touchdown) in eight quarters of football. And this 3-4 is nothing like the 3-4 looks ex-defensive coordinator Bob Slowik liked to mix in with the base 4-3 package.
“The 3-4 they played last year was more kind of a hybrid, gimmicky type of deal,” he said. “I don’t think that it created much success when they played it anyway.”
“We just said, ‘Hey, just make the change. Just go,’” McDaniels said. “Everything from the first few weeks that we got here moving forward, we just said, ‘We are going in that direction, regardless, and it might not be perfect, but we are going to get it as close to perfect as we can get it by the time we start playing games.’”
Job well done, I say.