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Denver's coordinator improves defenses wherever he goes.Jordy Nelson Jersey It was impressive to hear him emphasize all week how the Broncos believe in fitting their scheme around the roster. That isn't a major challenge with so much talent in Denver, but Phillips has plenty to do with it. He was whispered about this week as the best defensive coordinator in NFL history, and it's not a crazy thought.Greg Olsen Jersey He's lived and breathed football from the cradle on, growing up under legendary coach Bum Phillips, who Chris Wesseling chronicled in last summer's excellent "Luv Ya Blue!" longform. Phillips was masterful against the Patriots, using a swath of combination-man coverages to swallow up Patriots wideouts and confuse Brady.Jimmy Garoppolo Jersey Tommy Boy barely threw a good pass in the first half, with the game film showing that Denver's defensive sets put New England in a bind. The chess match between Phillips and Carolina play-caller Mike Shula promises to be a gem.
"They're so fast and I think the best way you can talk about how well they're coached, and what a good job Wade does is when you see them diagnose so quickly,Kam Chancellor Jersey" Shula said. "They get to the ball so fast even on the missed direction stuff. They seem to find the ball quick and they're swarming to the ball. You know they'll play some backups and a lot of their backups could start for just about anybody and there's not that big of a drop off."
Yup,Antonio Brown Jersey we're going defense again, and here's why: One of the reasons Denver was able to confuse the heck out of Brady was a loaded secondary packed with a combination of sticky cover men and hard-hitting play from the safety position. Denver's loaded with Aqib Talib and Chris Harris at corner and T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart behind them.A.J. Green Jersey Second-year corner Bradley Roby also looms as a star-in-the-making for the only secondary league-wide to allow under 200 yards per game through the air. The Panthers have exploded early on offense in recent weeks, but don't expect a repeat of Super Bowl XLVIII for the Broncos: They've allowed just one of 18 teams to score 30-plus points this season -- tops in the NFL.
Long gone is Denver's record-breaking offense of 2013, but we're talking about a team that's won 14 games.Chris Johnson Jersey They're not nearly as balanced as white-hot Carolina, but the Broncos are just the fourth team since the 1970 merger to lead the NFL in fewest yards allowed per carry and fewest yards allowed per throw. They're also comprehensively healthy, assuming Ward and Stewart are full-go at the safety spots. Every Broncos player I spoke with this week emphasized how different this team is from the one that got crushed by the Seahawks two seasons ago.Emmanuel Sanders Jersey That Broncos squad rolled in with the No. 1 offense against Seattle's No. 1 defense -- this time around it's Denver with the top defense in all the land.
"There are a lot of guys that are still here, and .Dak Prescott Jersey.. I know they don't want that taste in their mouth again, so I think it means a little bit more," Ward said of Super Bowl XLVIII.Eli Apple Jersey "The guys that were there, nothing needs to be said about that. They know what happened. That performance is not going to be repeated."