Broncos’ defense currently is ahead of offense

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Despite the hype and expectations that come from adding quarterback Russell Wilson and offensive-minded coach Nathaniel Hackett, the Denver Broncos currently have a defense that is standing out a little bit more than the offense.

Hackett was asked by reporters on Saturday whether the offense or the defense is ahead of the other side of the ball, so far.

“I’d say defense, probably, right now,” Hackett said. “I am kind of hard on the offense, from my standpoint. The defense, because of the carryover from last year, I think those guys all playing together, being around each other longer, I think that has really helped them. It’s a really established unit — a veteran unit that has played really good football in the past. For us, we are just doing everything we can to make plays and continually learn. We are throwing young guys in there with the ones, which is really great to see. Every day, we are just trying to get better.”

The offense undoubtedly will be OK, given the presence of Wilson.

“It is very unique, from the standpoint of his positivity,” Hackett said. “It’s absolutely fantastic. Also, if or when he gets mad, I think we are going to know it. But between the two of us, the amount of positivity surging through the building and on the field is a pretty great environment.”

Hackett has yet to decide whether he’ll play starters in the preseason opener. He was candid about the temptation to try to win the game against the Cowboys.

“Preseason is always hard on a coach because you win one, you feel great, but it means nothing,” Hackett said. “You lose one and you feel like crap. That’s just how it is.”

Frankly, a head coach should only feel like crap after a preseason game if he loses a starter to a serious injury, or if he has eaten a bad batch of Clams Casino.

8 responses to “Broncos’ defense currently is ahead of offense

  1. If they can maintain what Fangio had with their defense, they’re the one, not the Chargers, who are the biggest threat to KC. I still think the Chiefs win that division, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Denver go further in the playoffs. Elite defense wins championships. If they can tet more turnovers to go with the already stellar red zone and points against defense, they may have that formula.

  2. vottorific says:
    August 6, 2022 at 7:58 pm
    Same with all teams right now. Every year.

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    Not my Patriots. Did you see their last performance against our division rival?

  3. This bronco fan thinks our team is over -hyped. we had no pro bowlers last year, the coaches are all new, the receivers are barely average, Tim Patric is gone, Jerry juedy can’t hang on to the bal.l Cortland Sutton is injury prone and the line is no better than average. I say they will go 8-9 which is a little improvement, but I don’t expect more than that.

  4. Of course the defense is. Your QB is only able to see 1/3 of the route tree. 1) Roll out of the pocket for no discernible reason. 2) Look for deep route and chuck a moonball. 3) If no deep WR then run back and forth around the field 3-4 times, take sack, blame OL for not holding their blocks beyond 8 seconds.

  5. It’s August. Most defenses are better than their team’s offensive unit right now.

  6. denverdave3 says:
    August 6, 2022 at 10:35 pm
    This bronco fan thinks our team is over -hyped. we had no pro bowlers last year, the coaches are all new, the receivers are barely average, Tim Patric is gone, Jerry juedy can’t hang on to the bal.l Cortland Sutton is injury prone and the line is no better than average. I say they will go 8-9 which is a little improvement, but I don’t expect more than that.

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    I really like Sutton and Javonte Williams is going to be a terrific pro but Jeudy is vastly overrated IMO. All I hear about is his immaculate route running and then when it comes time to show it on the field in real games, he never does. Their defense is very good but Fangio is an exceptional defensive mind so I could see some real drop off there without him.

    It will ultimately all come down to Russell Wilson though. Is he still the QB he’s been for most of his career? If so, he will be able to compete with Mahomes and Herbert. But if this last year-plus of declining play in Seattle is indicative of things to come, then the Broncos are going to need a ton of things to go right around Russ to be a Super Bowl contender.

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