Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had a big day against the Broncos’ defense in the Super Bowl seven months ago. But he’s not counting on playing so well against the Broncos in Sunday’s Super Bowl rematch. In part because he’s facing a very different Broncos defense.
Wilson noted that many of the Broncos’ best defensive players this season either weren’t on the team last year (including defensive end DeMarcus Ware, cornerback Aqib Talib and safety T.J. Ward) or were injured and not playing in the Super Bowl (including outside linebacker Von Miller, cornerback Chris Harris and safety Rahim Moore).
“Their defense, they have DeMarcus Ware now, Von Miller is out there, they have some other players too like T.J. Ward that they signed, and Talib. They’re great football players. It will be a battle all the way to the end, we believe,” Wilson said.
Wilson said Ware, Talib, Harris and Ward have all stood out to him on film this week. He didn’t have to play against any of them in the Super Bowl.
“He’s playing some of his best football and that’s a good thing to say about him because he’s played a lot of good football over time. DeMarcus Ware, he gets to the quarterback, he causes havoc, he’s a leader on their defense you can tell just by watching film,” Wilson said. “Their secondary is experienced, Talib has played a lot of football, same thing with Harris, too, and T.J. Ward.”
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning noted that Denver’s offense has different personnel as well, with the addition of receiver Emmanuel Sanders and the return of left tackle Ryan Clady from an injury that cost him all but two games last season.
“We have different players. Emmanuel Sanders wasn’t here last year, Clady wasn’t here for most of the season,” Manning said.
The Broncos are certainly a lot different than they were in the Super Bowl. They hope they’re a lot better on Sunday in Seattle.