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Published on 09/27/2011 at Tue Sep 27 12:10.
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Miller, known as a pass rusher, has adapted well to playing against the run and pass. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos offense hasn’t done anything flashy under new coach John Fox so far this season, but much to the credit of Fox and defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, the defense has looked vastly improved.

Through the first three weeks of play, Denver’s defense is one of just two in the NFL to not allow a first quarter score, the Baltimore Ravens being the other team. It’s just the third time in the Broncos history that has happened (2002, 1989), according to Broncos Executive Director of Media Relations, Patrick Smyth.

One of the key pieces of the Broncos defense is rookie outside linebacker Von Miller, who has also placed himself in the Broncos record books.

“Broncos linebacker Von Miller is off to good start. He is the NFL’s only rookie and one-of-two players in the league (Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs) with at least 10 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 forced fumbles thus far,” tweeted Smyth on Tuesday.

The last time a Broncos defensive player recorded such numbers was in 1995, when Alfred Williams did it through the first five games of the season.

Suggs is a four time Pro Bowler and the Ravens have been known for having dominating defenses dating all the way back to when Brandon Stokley was in Baltimore (1999-2002).  Being mentioned in the same sentence as such defensive units and players is quite an accomplishment for the Broncos and Miller.

The defense looks to improve even more down the road, when starters Champ Bailey, D.J. Williams and Elvis Dumervil return, which could be sooner rather than later.  Denver’s defense will have to keep up their impressive play this week if they’re going to have a chance against the Green Bay Packers.

Miller has looked better each week.  The kid has a bright future in this league.

  • 12508

    This team is a nightmare and Brian Xanders is Freddy Krueger.

  • 5280

    if they can stop the run like they have in the last 2 games with Doom and DJ back in they can surprise a lot of people and might come away with an upset against the world champs.  the question then becomes how well will the play calling be?  if they make ANY questionable calls like they did in the last couple games(going for it on 4th and goal instead of kicking a field goal to go up 17-10, calling consecutive passing plays after picking up a fumble in the redzone etc.) then it’ll be a long day against this type of team.

  • Ad91968

    Two things that MUST happen for Denver to turn things around:  first, rally around THE quarterback because as ORTON does, so does Denver.  And second, get TEBOW in the game in the red zone.  I’ve never coached an NFL team, but it doesn’t take much to understand that you do whatever it takes to score the TD.  Kudos to FOX for his call on 4th and goal (gutsy, but I was screaming for the FG).  However shame on him for not putting his most dynamic player in there on 2nd and 3rd down to shake things up.  Defense has to key on TEBOW for his run ability, opening up both options…equals 7 points 2/3 of the time.

  • Ad91968

    And to blame ORTON for plays calling for: PASS SHORT LEFT, PASS SHORT MIDDLE, PASS SHORT RIGHT, PASS SHORT RIGHT, PASS SHORT RIGHT, PASS SHORT MIDDLE.  Come on now, I understand back ups are in the game but allow them to work downfield routes more often.  I got sick and tired of seeing the QB dump the ball off over and around the OL most of the game.  Open it up Dan Reeves, I mean John Fox.  Elway knows this best because if Reeves wasn’t there for the first part of John’s career, he’d be the all time leader in passing yards, TDs etc.

  • areferee

    Midweek Musings in Broncoville:


    Conundrum: co·nun·drumNoun /kəˈnəndrəm/
    A confusing and difficult problem or question.

    Oxymoron:ox·y·mo·ron Noun /ˌäksəˈmôrˌän/ 
    A figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction…

    Richard Nixon:  “I am NOT a crook”!

    Bill Clinton:  “I did not have… ** with that woman”!

    OJ Simpson:  “If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit”!

    John Fox:  “Kyle Orton gives us the best chance to win”!

    Joe Theisman:  “A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein”!

  • Anonymous

    Miller is by far our best first round pick since Clady, and will probably become a cornerstone of our D.  Of course having a stellar MLB would be nice, but killer OLBs will work.

    That said, let’s not gt too carried away with defensive stats right now.  This is still a 1 -2 team, that is going to miss the playoffs again.  Fortunately we are in the AFC west, and can say “Hey, at least we’re not Chiefs fans.”

  • Anonymous

    Johnny Cochrane not OJ Simpson. And Joe Theisman’s statement is neither a conundrum or an oxymoron. Same for Nixon and Clinton.

  • Anonymous

    95 and 85 yards, both TD drives given up by the defense.

  • areferee

    …nor, (although grammatical), is your reply even vaguely humorous!  N’est pas?

  • Danno

    As if giving the Titans 7 was not silly enough! Now we are supposed to give GB 13 points? The lack of respect ends Sunday.