Posted Tue Sep 27th by Jon Heath
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.