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Published on 02/19/2011 at Sat Feb 19 13:48.
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Invesco Field at Mile High. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Invesco Field at Mile High. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

It seems that John Fox was finally allowed to speak and informed us that, “[The Broncos are] going to be a multiple-front defense, but I think we’ll make the commitment to the 4-3. The transition from the 3-4 to 4-3 is much easier than going from the 4-3 to 3-4, I will say that. So we feel pretty confident about that switch.”

Though there’s really no reason at all to attempt to predict a starting line-up at this point; I’ll do it anyway.

Elvis Dumervil was a defensive end in every professional season he’s ever played in (with the exception of his NFL sack leading season) and Robert Ayers is apparently best suited as a 4-3 defensive end. Justin Bannan and Jamal Williams will likely swell up the middle, D.J. Williams will move to weak side and Mario Haggan to strong side, with Joe Mayes in the middle.

Of course this prescription will be turned upside down as the Broncos under Fox draft two linebackers in the second round and pick up two in free agency, not to mention a defensive tackle.

So, yeah.

Has anyone mentioned recently that Fox knows how to turn around a football team (especially a defense)? It’s too bad the Broncos couldn’t keep Shanahan (or McDaniels) around through the end of his contract. Denver might actually have one heck of a coaching staff, not that they don’t currently.

  • crazykid

    http://broncotalk.net/2010/12/…/

    wow, Jon's Christmas List is coming true!

  • MiKey55

    should wait until FA comes and goes cullen jenkins aubrayo franklin mathias kiwanuka are all FA's that could potentially help turn around the 3-4 haha i just don't like the idea of switching around defenses all the time stick to one and just give it some time to get good. we have 2 good young D stars in doom and DJ both excelled in the 3-4 where doom didn├Ęt flourish all that much in the 4-3 everyone else we have is either ancient or leaving (champ bailey, dawkins) so some YOUNG 3-4 linemen like jenkins and franklin are available i dont know what our cap will look like

  • 5280

    i can agree with your line up. i think once we see FA and the draft we'll have marcel dareus along side jamal williams up front and im hoping we get namni next to bailey in the backfield. ayers will really excel in the 4-3. also oj atogwe and gibril wilson are FA's.

  • 5280

    sorry i meant eugene wilson.

  • crazykid

    yea totally agree with the Dumervil doesnt flourish in the 4-3 part… I mean , 8.5 sacks as a 4th round rookie and 12.5 sacks in your sophmore season is pathetic….
    please get real and make a valid point dude

  • crazykid

    I dont get why everyone thinks we should sign Asomougha…
    If we cant afford to pay Bailey, theres no way we can pay him enough

  • anthony33

    He's batting like 950 on those wishes. Too bad he didn't ask for a 14-2 season for 2011

  • kerrysucks

    since when is 21 sacks in two years pathetic??? mikey55 must be smoking crack you want to see pathetic look at vernon gholston. Doom will flourish in either scheme

  • MiKey55

    he also had 5 sack in our last season in the 4-3. come on man if your gonna call me an idiot show all the facts. i mean his best season BY FAR came in the 3-4 why mess with that is all i'm saying DJ williams played really well in the 3-4 as did haggan and joe mays. all i'm saying is theres some legit 3-4 D-line free agents out there that we can get. say we signed Cullen jenkins why not stay in the 3-4 and draft to keep it haha relax man

  • http://Facebook.com/BroncosZone Jon

    love this article, Ian!

  • kerrysucks

    since when is 21 sacks in two years pathetic??? mikey55 must be smoking crack you want to see pathetic look at vernon gholston. Doom will flourish in either scheme

  • MiKey55

    he also had 5 sack in our last season in the 4-3. come on man if your gonna call me an idiot show all the facts. i mean his best season BY FAR came in the 3-4 why mess with that is all i'm saying DJ williams played really well in the 3-4 as did haggan and joe mays. all i'm saying is theres some legit 3-4 D-line free agents out there that we can get. say we signed Cullen jenkins why not stay in the 3-4 and draft to keep it haha relax man

  • http://Facebook.com/BroncosZone Jon

    love this article, Ian!