Scouting: The Bronco Defense

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 12: D.J. Williams of the Denver Broncos attempts to tackle Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the NFL season opener game at EverBank Field on September 12, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Source: YardBarker.com

Stats:
Overall: 25th (372.9 Yds/G)
Passing: 19th (229.8 Yds/G)
Sacks: 28th (13 Sacks)
Rushing: 30th (143.1 Yds/G)
Interceptions: 28th (5 INTs)
Scoring: 29th (28 Pts/G)

Players to Watch:
LB D.J. Williams
Height: 6-1 Weight: 242 Age: 28
74 Tackles 3.5 Sacks 1 Forced Fumble
DJ Williams is in his 7th season out of Miami and he is a monster in the middle of the defense. He leads the team with 74 tackles and is ranked 10th in the AFC in the same category. He also leads the team with his 3.5 sacks. He is all over the field and the Chargers will need to make sure to find him and get a good block on him.

CB Champ Bailey
Height:6-0 Weight:192 Age:32
26 Tackles 1 Interception 8 Passes Defensed
The nine time Pro Bowler is now in his 12th year in the league and still is able to provide good coverage against opposing receivers. He will be matched up against Malcom Floyd on the day and it should be a fun match-up to watch. Floyd is 6-5 and will have the height advantage over Bailey, but Floyd is also coming back from a hamstring injury.

LB Mario Haggan
Height: 6-3 Weight: 267 Age: 30
57 Tackles 3.0 Sacks 2 Forced Fumbles
He became a full-time starter last season for the first time in his career and was able to continue as the starter this season. He is second on the team in tackles and second in sacks.

Overall
The Bronco defense has played terrible this season. They are near the bottom of all defensive categories and they plat worst against the run. The Oakland Raiders ran all over them earlier this season and Mike Tolbert and Darren Sproles will look to do the same.

Our main attack will continue to be through the air though. Philip Rivers is tearing the league apart and he must be licking his chops to face this Bronco defense. He worked last week without a lot of his top targets and it looks like Malcom Floyd will be ready to rejoin him this week. The Broncos have not been able to put much pressure on the quarterback this season and the extra time in the pocket will allow Philip Rivers to hit those deep passes down the field.

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