Brandon Marshall: Broncos’ D put ‘league on notice’

Brandon Marshall: Broncos’ D put ‘league on notice’

Last season opponents could avoid the “No Fly Zone” by gashing the defense on the ground.

Vance Joseph’s team slammed that door shut in 2017. The emphatic dismantling of the Dallas Cowboys  jersey on Sunday, including holding Ezekiel Elliott to eight rushing yards on nine carries, the Denver D made a statement.

“We put the league on notice that we’re for real,” Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall said Sunday, via The Denver Post.

“There’s no defense in the NFL like us. We’re the best wholesale jerseys nfl. I’m not saying it ever left. We just let it slip a little,” Marshall said, noting the disappointing run defense from a year ago. “But we’re back. We’re back.”

The secondary was its normal buzzing self, but it was the dominant front seven that is the story of the day. Marshall corralled seven tackles, Von Miller added two late sacks of Dak Prescott. Perhaps the biggest difference between 2016 and 2017 is the play of Shaquil Barrett. Playing opposite Miller, Barrett was a force, with seven tackles and nine QB pressures, per Pro Football Focus NFL jerseys.

Denver tossed the kitchen sink at the Cowboys’ ballyhooed offensive line and won time after time. Being able to trust your defensive backs to make plays on an island allowed the Broncos to pressure the run and not get burned.

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Younghoe Koo, the Chargers kicker, drills a game-tying 44-yard field goal, but not before Broncos coach Vance Joseph gets the last-second timeout off — an icing attempt. A play later, Shelby Harris, a 26-year-old former seventh-round pick of the Oakland Raiders, shoves his way past a blocker and gets his right fingertip on Koo’s second attempt, forcing it to ricochet off to the left.

I think both Anthony Lynn and Vance Joseph — brand-new, first-time head coaches without lengthy coordinator stints on their resumes — learned a ton. Joseph got a little too conservative with a 24-7 lead despite watching quarterback Trevor Siemian (17 of 28, 219 yards, two touchdowns, one INT) make some of the most mature plays of his career to date. Lynn, meanwhile, watched his Chargers struggle with the deafening noise, and watched his coaching staff call plays that took Rivers (22 of 33, 192 yards, three touchdowns and one INT) in and out of control. At this point, it looks like both are good enough to keep their teams interesting until December.

I was lucky enough to be in attendance for Mowins’ reception of the 2015 Marty Glickman Award for Leadership in Sports Media and couldn’t help but be inspired by her relentless drive back then. Two years later, on a night that could — and should — open doors for anyone who loves the  game, Mowins was as good as it gets.

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As good as Mowins was, Rex Ryan’s debut in the booth will be a major storyline. I was surprised, personally, by his approach. Having covered Ryan, hearing him speak anecdotally about football was entertaining and informative. His ability to recognize the complexities of NFL defenses or dip into his pocket for a good story were uncanny. Even during a televised preseason trial run with Mowins, Ryan flashed the ability to call out a blitz in progress or a shifting coverage. Given the meteoric rise of Tony Romo after just one week, that ability could have earned Ryan some kudos. Instead, I felt he leaned on some old clichés. Ryan was awkward at times and unexpectedly quiet at others. He shied away from the persona he crafted for himself over the last decade. Everyone gets better with reps, but Ryan might be closer to finding success again on the sideline.

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Osweiler was cut by the Browns on Friday after spending last season as a troubled starting passer for the Texans. With Cleveland already locked in to pay Osweiler’s $16 million salary, the Broncos will absorb a minor chunk of that king’s ransom by signing the 26-year-old passer to the league minimum, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport was told.

Denver was on the hunt for a veteran quarterback after losing Lynch for a few weeks to a shoulder sprain. He is expected to miss roughly five weeks, Rapoport reported, per a source

Osweiler will step in right away behind starter Trevor Siemian, mirroring the role he played under Peyton Manning for four seasons in Denver. When Lynch returns from injury, however, the Broncos will evaluate their need for Osweiler at the position.

“We’ll cross that bridge when we get there,” Elway said. “You never know. We’re going to carry his right now. We’ll carry him for now. As you know, it’s always fluid, so we’ll cross that bridge when Paxton gets healthy. We’ll see what we have and go with from there.”

Osweiler was a messy, mistake-prone starter last year for the Texans, who inked him to a massive four-year, $72 million contract with $37 million guaranteed in March 2016. One year later, in an unusual NFL deal, Houston shipped its 2018 second-round pick to the Browns in exchange for Cleveland agreeing to absorb Osweiler and his cheap jerseys and  unwieldy $16 million payday.

The Broncos milked a handful of semi-solid starts out of Osweiler in 2015 — their Super Bowl-winning campaign — but his game has looked beyond repair ever since. Denver’s front office is showing loyalty to their former draft pick, but Osweiler won’t see the field barring a major disaster under center.