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Broncos beefing up to stop the run

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The Broncos had by far the best defense in the NFL in 2015, and the result was the Super Bowl. Denver’s pass defense remained great in 2016, but the run defense struggled, and the Broncos missed the playoffs. This year, a top offseason priority is getting the run defense back in shape.

And unlike most of us, when the Broncos talk about getting “back in shape,” they’re talking about gaining weight.

Asked what he did this offseason to improve against the run, Broncos defensive lineman Jared Crick answered, “just ate a lot more.”

“I ate the same things, ate healthy, but instead of trying to eat four times a day, turning it into six or seven times a day,” Crick said, via ESPN. “Just smaller portions, but more times . . . There’s no real secret as far as training-wise. You just have to train hard and eat right, and eat a lot.”

Crick isn’t the only weight the Broncos have added this offseason. Two defensive linemen who tip the scales at more than 325 pounds, Domata Peko and Zach Kerr, arrived in free agency. And 280-pound defensive end DeMarcus Walker was the Broncos’ second-round draft pick. So the Broncos’ defensive line is sure to be bigger this year. Perhaps better as well.

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  1. tylawspick6 says: Jun 9, 2017 10:05 AM

    LOL!

    Pats’ offense frothing at the mouth.

  2. nyneal says: Jun 9, 2017 10:08 AM

    They should have signed Eddie Lacy and converted him from RB to “D” lineman. He weighs about 300 lbs!

  3. firecracker87 says: Jun 9, 2017 10:13 AM

    I guess then they won’t be stopping the pass when the Pats come to town.

  4. nhpats says: Jun 9, 2017 10:20 AM

    The Broncos are going to have to hold opposing teams to under 7 points to have a chance of winnng

  5. Getoffmylawn! says: Jun 9, 2017 10:26 AM

    The Raiders and Beast Mode are already in the heads of the Broncos!

  6. maust1013 says: Jun 9, 2017 10:31 AM

    The best defense against the run is being up by 3+ scores.

  7. richardshermanhaschickenlegs says: Jun 9, 2017 10:32 AM

    Pats fans have either a short memory problem or they are new to the game. Denver has owned the Patriots for a long time, especially in the playoffs.

    Anyone else recall TB getting roasted by Champ Bailey on his attempted game-winning comeback in Mile High?

    But hey, that team that beat NE was lead by the unstoppable…. Jake Plummer. BWAHAHAHA!

    Brady would rather go anywhere than Denver in the playoffs. Period.

  8. dcpatfan says: Jun 9, 2017 10:35 AM

    ….lol meanwhile The Greatest Franchise in NFL History is stacking the deck with wideouts!

    #horsefaceneverlearns

  9. jjackwagon says: Jun 9, 2017 10:41 AM

    Still have to score to win. Tough to do with no QB.

  10. vottorific says: Jun 9, 2017 10:44 AM

    Peko can stop the run by himself. Talk about clogging it up. He’s immovable.

  11. jag1959 says: Jun 9, 2017 10:50 AM

    Getoffmylawn! says:
    Jun 9, 2017 10:26 AM
    The Raiders and Beast Mode are already in the heads of the Broncos!
    ____________________

    Well they kind of had to branch out somewhere since B!tch Mode was already a legend in his own mind.

  12. tylawspick6 says: Jun 9, 2017 10:52 AM

    richardshermanhaschickenlegs says:
    Jun 9, 2017 10:32 AM
    Pats fans have either a short memory problem or they are new to the game. Denver has owned the Patriots for a long time, especially in the playoffs.

    Anyone else recall TB getting roasted by Champ Bailey on his attempted game-winning comeback in Mile High?

    But hey, that team that beat NE was lead by the unstoppable…. Jake Plummer. BWAHAHAHA!

    Brady would rather go anywhere than Denver in the playoffs. Period.

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    This is hilarious. Your only claim to fame “owning” the Pats was in 2009 when NE lost all of their dynasty era players, were transitioning to a rebuild on the fly, where Sammy Morris fumbled in OT on the road and NE lost. Big whoop.

    You got absolutely embarrassed in one fo the greatest embarrassments in playoff history during a primetime game, where your team started a brawl due to said embarrassment.

    And, the only other wins have come from beating NE’s B Squads, once BARELY in 2015 in the AFC Title game, due to a missed extra point.

    And, that’s on top of roid and cap cheating that Goodell covered for so Gomer Manning could write himself a Cinderella story out the door.

    Prepare for an bitchslapping this year in Denver.

    If you ever come back to Foxborough, if Goodell ever allows that to happen again as he tries to protect you, you’ll be bludgeoned then, too.

  13. tylawspick6 says: Jun 9, 2017 10:53 AM

    vottorific says:
    Jun 9, 2017 10:44 AM
    Peko can stop the run by himself. Talk about clogging it up. He’s immovable.

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    Umm, some guy named Geno Atkins has something to say about how Peko looked. Solid player, but not someone you gameplan for.

    Peko is VERY moveable, hence why Cincy moved on from him.

  14. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Jun 9, 2017 10:58 AM

    Lack of beef is not why they couldn’t stop Atlanta RBs or James White and Dion Lewis of the Patriots, two of the best offenses in the league. They lack speed at the linebacker position. They need another Danny Trevathan but they won’t since Elway has no clue what he is doing as a GM.

  15. tylawspick6 says: Jun 9, 2017 11:05 AM

    richardshermanhaschickenlegs says:
    Jun 9, 2017 10:32 AM
    Pats fans have either a short memory problem or they are new to the game. Denver has owned the Patriots for a long time, especially in the playoffs.

    Anyone else recall TB getting roasted by Champ Bailey on his attempted game-winning comeback in Mile High?

    But hey, that team that beat NE was lead by the unstoppable…. Jake Plummer. BWAHAHAHA!

    Brady would rather go anywhere than Denver in the playoffs. Period.

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    Laughable. I think what Brady would like is this:

    1. No cheating and/or rule changes by Denver during the game so they can get help to win. Champ Bailey lost that ball OVER THE PYLON, which is a touchback. It’s scientifically impossible for a ball to go flying forward over the pylon and it to be marked at the 1 yard line, unless Bailey stepped out of bounds, which he clearly did not. The RG false started before Elam’s FG before half and Samuel in no way whatsoever interfered with Lelie on a bomb that landed in Row 1 behind the end zone.

    2. Brady would like to not have the Pats B Squad when playing on the road.

    Have a nice day.

  16. denverscott says: Jun 9, 2017 11:24 AM

    Man. The Broncos left the nightlight on in the scats fans headroom.

  17. troylok says: Jun 9, 2017 11:27 AM

    What will hurt the defense is Wade Phillips leaving.

  18. electricnostalgia says: Jun 9, 2017 11:27 AM

    Denver Broncos forever in the heads of clueless Patriot fans ever since Champ intercepted Tom Brady in the 2006 divisional round. Love it!

  19. stillabengalsfan says: Jun 9, 2017 11:32 AM

    vottorific says:
    Jun 9, 2017 10:44 AM

    Peko can stop the run by himself. Talk about clogging it up. He’s immovable.

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    Peko is a solid human being, but his days of stopping anything are over. Laughable that he trashed Cincy about not winning in the playoffs when the issue in playoff games was Cincy’s inability to stop the run. His play will not be missed in Cincinnati.

  20. joetoronto says: Jun 9, 2017 11:32 AM

    Von has tire tracks on his back from getting run over so much.

    #onedimensionalplayer

  21. nhpats says: Jun 9, 2017 11:34 AM

    richardshermanhaschickenlegs says:
    Jun 9, 2017 10:32 AM
    Pats fans have either a short memory problem or they are new to the game. Denver has owned the Patriots for a long time, especially in the playoffs.

    Anyone else recall TB getting roasted by Champ Bailey on his attempted game-winning comeback in Mile High?

    But hey, that team that beat NE was lead by the unstoppable…. Jake Plummer. BWAHAHAHA!

    Brady would rather go anywhere than Denver in the playoffs. Period.

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    Since Denver will once again miss the playoffs, Brady will not have to worry about a postseason game in mile-high

  22. psousa1 says: Jun 9, 2017 11:34 AM

    troylok says:
    Jun 9, 2017 11:27 AM
    What will hurt the defense is Wade Phillips leaving.

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    Troy you have the most sensible and correct post on this board. Phillips leaving is good news to all Denver opponents. Never had great success as a HC but a kick ass defensive coordinator.

  23. tylawspick6 says: Jun 9, 2017 11:37 AM

    electricnostalgia says:
    Jun 9, 2017 11:27 AM
    Denver Broncos forever in the heads of clueless Patriot fans ever since Champ intercepted Tom Brady in the 2006 divisional round. Love it!

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    Yes, the aging and less than potent 2005 Pats off of 3 titles in 4 years, really had the Broncos in their heads back then.

    Or, the Pats trying to win 3 titles in 4 years now, really means Denver is in their heads.

    LOL!

  24. streetyson says: Jun 9, 2017 11:44 AM

    Broncos pass-D was #1 ranked last year and clearly one of the better secondaries but its hard to know just how good they really are because, with the Broncos’ weakish offense and poor run-D, opponents can just run it all day and not feel the need to pass much. And this might be shown deeper in the stats – because although #1, Broncos pass-D is mid table (#14) in attempts/game faced.

  25. tylawspick6 says: Jun 9, 2017 11:47 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Jun 9, 2017 11:32 AM
    Von has tire tracks on his back from getting run over so much.

    #onedimensionalplayer

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    I have no idea why this isn’t talked about more. The guy has no interest at defending the run.

    The big difference is, he could be turned loose as an edge guy because Denver had leads with Manning a lot in 2013, 2014, and sometimes in 2015.

    So, he could just pin his ears back. But, if you have a good running team, just run right at him.

    The Raiders should have a field day this year with his one-dimensional play.

  26. canadaldavis says: Jun 9, 2017 11:50 AM

    Nothing stops “Beastmode”!

  27. richardshermanhaschickenlegs says: Jun 9, 2017 11:57 AM

    Meanwhile, Elway develops two franchise quarterbacks, while TB Holds out for “full social security” in a few years.

    Broncos D will help usher in TB’s next career pushing denture cream on TV.

  28. maust1013 says: Jun 9, 2017 11:59 AM

    richardshermanhaschickenlegs says:
    Jun 9, 2017 10:32 AM

    Brady would rather go anywhere than Denver in the playoffs. Period.
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    tylawspick6 says:
    Jun 9, 2017 11:05 AM

    Laughable. I think what Brady would like is…
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    It’s not laughable at all. What Brady would like is to play those games at home. He is 0-3 in playoff games in Denver and 1-0 against them in Foxboro, it is what it is. If’s and buts are for excuse making losers, you are always quick to mock Steelers fans for it but here you are doing it yourself. A little respect for a quality opponent goes a long way. Why is it so hard to just tip your cap to the Broncos? This Pats fan wants no part of them going to Denver in January. It’s hard enough to beat any playoff opponent on the road but they have the most ridiculous home field advantage in the game. They are acclimated to playing at that altitude and in a tight win or go home contest that’s huge.

  29. exinsidetrader says: Jun 9, 2017 12:07 PM

    William “the Refrigerator” Perry was 300 pounds and a world-wide sensation 30 years ago because of his playing size.

    How many years until a 400 pound nose tackle?

  30. willycents says: Jun 9, 2017 12:16 PM

    The fear Pats fans have of Denver is palpable in these boards. Sad that a fan base is so terrified of an opponent. Kinda like a little girl terrified of the boogey man hiding under her bed.

  31. silvernblacksabbath says: Jun 9, 2017 12:22 PM

    I love the articles like this: “he gained 20 lbs of muscle over the summer”. Sure he did without the help of HGH/steroids…

  32. Hooboy says: Jun 9, 2017 12:25 PM

    electricnostalgia says:
    Jun 9, 2017 11:27 AM
    Denver Broncos forever in the heads of clueless Patriot fans ever since Champ intercepted Tom Brady in the 2006 divisional round. Love it!

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    Sorry, I’m not good at math. How many years ago was that? How many Superbowls?

  33. oddte says: Jun 9, 2017 12:28 PM

    richardshermanhaschickenlegs says:
    Jun 9, 2017 10:32 AM
    Pats fans have either a short memory problem or they are new to the game. Denver has owned the Patriots for a long time, especially in the playoffs.

    Anyone else recall TB getting roasted by Champ Bailey on his attempted game-winning comeback in Mile High?

    But hey, that team that beat NE was lead by the unstoppable…. Jake Plummer. BWAHAHAHA!

    Brady would rather go anywhere than Denver in the playoffs. Period.

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    Eh, not really. The home team usually wins in that rivalry and Denver has just had more home games in the series recently (this year will be your fourth in a row) New England did beat you pretty badly last year in Denver, a game both teams needed. Without googling, when was the last time Denver won in Foxborough?

  34. badmoonrison says: Jun 9, 2017 12:29 PM

    Well if Von cant stop RBs through sheer will, he can always try and fart on them.

    #classact58

  35. celticsforever says: Jun 9, 2017 12:30 PM

    If “beefing up” is code for “handing PED’s out like candy to the entire defense” then I have no doubt that they are.

  36. aj66shanghai says: Jun 9, 2017 12:39 PM

    Ooops, Denver finished FOURTH in points allowed in 2015

    But yeah, best BY FAR

  37. rickeyp says: Jun 9, 2017 12:48 PM

    Denver 4-1 all-time vs Patriots in the playoffs

    Jan 24 2016 DEN V NWE W 20-18 – Peyton vs Brady
    Jan 19 2014 DEN V NWE W 26-16 – Peyton vs Brady
    Jan 14 2012 DEN @ NWE L 10-45 – Tebow vs Brady
    Jan 14 2006 DEN V NWE W 27-13 – Plummer vs Brady
    Jan 04 1987 DEN V NWE W 22-17 – Elway vs Eason

    Patriots’ only win against Tim Tebow.

  38. ggreen657 says: Jun 9, 2017 12:54 PM

    Brady would rather go anywhere than Denver in the playoffs. Period.

    From a Pats fan…true, so so true.

  39. dbfan4ever says: Jun 9, 2017 1:02 PM

    And, that’s on top of roid and cap cheating that Goodell covered for so Gomer Manning could write himself a Cinderella story out the door.
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    put the tin foil hat down. Got any proof of salary cap and roid cheating??? Of course not cause it didn’t happen. It is funny that a Pats fans is whining about other teams cheating! Really, really funny!!!

  40. absolutevisuals says: Jun 9, 2017 1:07 PM

    “The Greatest Franchise in NFL History”

    The NFL has been around for a lot longer than 2001.

  41. tylawspick6 says: Jun 9, 2017 1:24 PM

    absolutevisuals says:
    Jun 9, 2017 1:07 PM
    “The Greatest Franchise in NFL History”

    The NFL has been around for a lot longer than 2001.

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    The Salary Cap Era officially started in 1993.

    Very, very simple stuff here.

    As impressive as the 1950s Browns were, there were like 8 teams and no salary cap or free agency.

  42. bencoates57 says: Jun 9, 2017 1:57 PM

    What kind of run? The Marshawn Lynch run? The Dion Lewis – Rex Burkhead – Mike Gilleslee — James White run?

  43. bencoates57 says: Jun 9, 2017 1:59 PM

    I think ALL or all but one of those playoff games againsr Denver were in Denver.

  44. bencoates57 says: Jun 9, 2017 2:00 PM

    Tje salary cap cheating happened.

  45. araidersfan says: Jun 9, 2017 2:32 PM

    Denver needs help with stopping the run because Von Miller is a one-trick-pony pass rusher who is weak in run defense.

    On the other hand, Khalil Mack is a great all-around defender who’s equally adept against the run & pass. His main problem is a lack of talent around him.

  46. yourunclerico says: Jun 9, 2017 3:04 PM

    so comical to see the pats and hee haw fans sit there and argue back and forth about who is better and who owns who.
    the rest of the league looks at both teams for what they both are
    complete illegitimate cheating chit squads.
    NOBODY gives a crap about either – except when they get away with their BS cheating.
    that said though, I think its sad that the patriots choose to cheat when they clearly have enough talent/coaching to do it without bending/breaking the rules.
    you cant say the same about mr. ed and his band of orange hee haws.
    and one last note – denver definitely has the edge on being the biggest cheats in the league.
    both should be forced to give their *tainted trophies back and get the F out of the league!

  47. dbfan4ever says: Jun 9, 2017 3:21 PM

    Tje salary cap cheating happened.
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    You have no idea what you are talking about. There was an incident back in the 90’s regarding deferred payments to make up payments to players in the upcoming years because the team needed cash on hand to build a new stadium. It is against the rules and Denver was penalized for it and was right them to be penalized but it didn’t create any competitive advantage on the football field. That incident has nothing to do with Peyton Manning in 2015 or the Super Bowl 50 championship as the Pats fan would like everyone to believe!

  48. dbfan4ever says: Jun 9, 2017 3:25 PM

    Von Miller > Khalil Mack. Maybe come back with your nonsense when Mack is a Super Bowl MVP. No worries I won’t be holding breath because it will NEVER happen!

  49. pointtwopsiistheissue says: Jun 9, 2017 3:58 PM

    The patriots have been to seven Super Bowls in 15 years , exactly how many has Denver been to ???that’s the stat
    that’s important
    Plus not forget how Denver was embarrassed by Seattle , unlike Tom Brady who was able to come from behind and win the last Super Bowl

  50. nyneal says: Jun 9, 2017 4:07 PM

    dcpatfan says:
    Jun 9, 2017 10:35 AM
    ….lol meanwhile The Greatest Franchise in NFL History is stacking the deck with wideouts!

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    The Packers are signing WR’s?????

  51. Hooboy says: Jun 9, 2017 4:14 PM

    bencoates57 says:
    Jun 9, 2017 2:00 PM
    Tje salary cap cheating happened.

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    So what. Thats no more meaningful than the Camera out of position. Both were too long ago to matter anymore. Frankly last year doesnt matter any more even. Time to worry about the 2017 season guys.

  52. nyneal says: Jun 9, 2017 4:24 PM

    tylawspick6 says:
    Jun 9, 2017 1:24 PM
    absolutevisuals says:
    Jun 9, 2017 1:07 PM
    “The Greatest Franchise in NFL History”

    The NFL has been around for a lot longer than 2001.

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    The Salary Cap Era officially started in 1993.

    Very, very simple stuff here.

    As impressive as the 1950s Browns were, there were like 8 teams and no salary cap or free agency.

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    This post typifies young guys who are clueless about the history of the NFL. Having less teams meant that each team had more depth by far than they do today. In fact, many players who were cut back then because there were only so many guys who could be in the NFL, would be starters on teams today. Plus — with no free agency, it meant opponents got to keep their stars too, which made them stay strong year after year.
    Finally — the rules changes today have skewered all the offensive stats. Any QB today can throw for 3000 yards with little difficulty. Not so years ago. They used to take QB’s heads off and WR’s heads, too. The game was played much tougher than it is today. These fragile players today wouldn’t be able to play under the rules from years ago — especially the crybaby WR’s.
    One more thing — the Packers are the greatest team in NFL history, without question. They are the only team to win 3 championships in a row — and they did it twice — and they won 5 championships in 7 years and were in a 6th championship game during that run, too. No team has equaled that. And — they have won more championships than any other team. Plus, they have 4 Super Bowl trophies among those championships.
    Case closed.
    BTW, just so you know, the Broncos started in the old AFL. They joined the NFL when the leagues officially merged before the 1970 season. In the AFL, the Broncos were the only AFL team which never had a winning record. Their record in the AFL was 39-97-4.
    So much for the Broncos as the greatest NFL franchise ever.
    One more thing — their SB winning years, they got caught cheating with the salary cap and were heavily fined and lost draft picks. So they are the real cheaters along with the Niners, who got caught doing it as well.

  53. milehighcityboss says: Jun 9, 2017 4:36 PM

    araidersfan says:
    Jun 9, 2017 2:32 PM
    Denver needs help with stopping the run because Von Miller is a one-trick-pony pass rusher who is weak in run defense.

    On the other hand, Khalil Mack is a great all-around defender who’s equally adept against the run & pass. His main problem is a lack of talent around him.

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    Hilarious.. the stats say different. And so does Pro Football Focus who say that Miller is better and has a higher grade.

  54. lanman11 says: Jun 9, 2017 5:33 PM

    Denver cheated the salary cap twice, and lost draft picks for it, but it came in an era before we had a 24-hour fake news cycle. They got away with it. They were giving players deferred payments and using that money to sign more Pro Bowl level free agents so they could stock their roster with more Pro bowl free agents and win a couple of Super Bowls. It was a clear and direct competitive advantage, i.e. CHEATING. Those late 90s Superbowl wins are fraudulent.

  55. lanman11 says: Jun 9, 2017 5:35 PM

    I will add that those two Super Bowls in the late 90s are fraudulent, but what drove Denver was the 0-5 record they had in Super Bowls, and not just the 0-5 record, but the manner in which they lost. No team was blown out of the Super Bowl more often, and more spectacularly, than the Denver Broncos. They were haunted by it. They were haunted so much it drove them to criminal activity.

  56. tedmurph says: Jun 9, 2017 7:00 PM

    Since Elway came on board, the Broncos are 3-6 against the Pats. I think the 2017 version has a better chance of coming in last place in the AFCW than 1rst. SD is better than you think. In assessing threats to the 2017 Pats, the undisputed AFC favorites, the Broncos are not even on the radar.

  57. Hooboy says: Jun 9, 2017 7:09 PM

    rickeyp says:
    Jun 9, 2017 12:48 PM
    Denver 4-1 all-time vs Patriots in the playoffs

    Jan 24 2016 DEN V NWE W 20-18 – Peyton vs Brady
    Jan 19 2014 DEN V NWE W 26-16 – Peyton vs Brady
    Jan 14 2012 DEN @ NWE L 10-45 – Tebow vs Brady
    Jan 14 2006 DEN V NWE W 27-13 – Plummer vs Brady
    Jan 04 1987 DEN V NWE W 22-17 – Elway vs Eason

    Patriots’ only win against Tim Tebow.

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    Nice job on the wins but arent those also the only playoff appearances as well?

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