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Shaun Phillips not feeling pressure to provide pressure

Shaun Phillips, Omar Bolden AP

Star outside linebacker Von Miller’s suspended for the first six games of the season, and defensive ends Derek Wolfe and Robert Ayers are out at the moment with injuries.

But the Broncos are trying to put a brave face on, as they try to come up with some degree of pressure by committee. The best bet is 10th-year defensive end/linebacker Shaun Phillips, who has 69.5 sacks.

“I’ve been in the league 10 years,” Phillips said, via Christopher Dempsey of the Denver Post. “If I’ve got pressure now, something’s wrong.”

Actually, the pressure is real. The Broncos didn’t pursue more expensive free agent pass-rushers, settling for Phillips.

When they had Miller and the pre-fax Elvis Dumervil, that would have probably been sufficient.

Now, they’re searching for help, but Phillips downplayed the absences and how they changed his role.

“Whether I’m playing defensive end, linebacker, it really doesn’t matter,” Phillips said. “Football is football, and at the end of the day you tackle the guy with the ball. We’ll be OK. It’s not just about the sacks. It’s about the coverage, and it’s about the sacks. It’s about stopping the run, because we all know that you can’t get sacks without stopping the run.

“Right now, our philosophy is stopping the run and the sacks are going to come; we’ve got guys who can get after it a little bit. Unfortunately, we lose our best pass rusher for a couple of games [actually six], but it is what it is. You have hiccups in life, but you bounce back from them.”

The Broncos are going to have to make adjustments beyond personnel to cover this one. That’s going to put more of a burden on their secondary to cover, and on defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio to adjust his plan on the fly.

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12 Responses to “Shaun Phillips not feeling pressure to provide pressure”
  1. jrebar88 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:09 AM

    Only one real threat during the six games, the New York Giants. None of us Broncos fans are worried. Four games at home, two against Jokeland and Jacksonville, along with Tony Romo… Come on now.

  2. humb0lt says: Aug 22, 2013 9:10 AM

    I’ve always liked Shaun Phillips. But he’s not going to fill Miller’s or Dumervil’s shoes. Shaun had his best years when he had a premiere pass rusher on the other side to take the pressure off of him. I’m not sure he will produce if he is the featured guy.

  3. ZakGilbertTributePosterVerified says: Aug 22, 2013 9:20 AM

    He should feel some pressure. There’s a reason the Charger’s didn’t hang on to him you know….

  4. sd5547 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:24 AM

    As a San Diego Chargers fan he can rush the passer. The problem is he doesn’t sell out to stop the run. He is a liability on first down.

  5. goawayeverybody says: Aug 22, 2013 10:15 AM

    Hey Broncos fans, none of this matters. Now you are finding out what Colts fans grew to understand for years: that no matter how dominant he is in the regular season, Peyton Manning will always choke at the most inopportune moment in the post-season.

    He has one Super Bowl victory under his belt. And he was playing against Rex Grossman.

    That is all.

  6. kenstabler says: Aug 22, 2013 10:50 AM

    The Donks defense will allow a lot more points this season, which means Peyton will have to pass more and score more, which you don’t want with an older immobile QB like Peyton. if Peyton gets injured the season is over for the Donks. The defense was an asset to Peyton last year, it will be a liability this year.

  7. rushbacker says: Aug 22, 2013 11:00 AM

    kenstabler says:
    Aug 22, 2013 10:50 AM
    The Donks defense will allow a lot more points this season, which means Peyton will have to pass more and score more, which you don’t want with an older immobile QB like Peyton. if Peyton gets injured the season is over for the Donks. The defense was an asset to Peyton last year, it will be a liability this year.
    __________

    LOL! Might wanna take a look at your own team, there, Raiderfan. YOUR season is over before it’s even started.

  8. shayeezy says: Aug 22, 2013 11:01 AM

    donkeys are screwed and i couldn’t be more thrilled. peyton will cover up a lot of weaknesses, but as the first quarter of the seahawks game showed, he’s not a magician.

  9. freepretzels says: Aug 22, 2013 11:14 AM

    Wait. You’re saying that the Broncos defense will now depend on Jack del Rio making adjustments? The guy that wouldn’t give Champ Bailey help over the top against Torrey Smith because his entire blitz scheme was based on Champ in single coverage?

    We’re screwed.

  10. joetoronto says: Aug 22, 2013 5:35 PM

    Only someone as desperate as horse face himself would sign Shaun Phillips.

    Have another drink, John.

  11. frostymugobeer says: Aug 22, 2013 7:16 PM

    The Broncos will avg 30+ points a game….even if the #2 defens in the league drops to the middle of the pack they will win 10+ games and win the afcw.
    by the time the playoffs roll around they will be at full speed and a serious threat to any team they face !
    that’s the facts….

  12. chargersdiehard says: Aug 25, 2013 12:33 PM

    The broncos are the most overhyped team this season. How often does that work out?

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