That wasn’t the only difference. While the Broncos finished third in yards allowed in 2017, they lost a certain bite in the passing game with Phillips’s departure. Joe Woods’s defenses were soft underneath, with opposing offenses’ average depth of target dropping from 11.92 yards in 2016 to 8.31 a season later, and completion percentage rising from 42.6% to 50%, per SIS. Opposing quarterbacks had a 48.12 passer rating in 2016, and an 88.54 rating a year later. One major personnel difference: The Broncos jettisoned hard-hitting safety T.J. Ward after the 2016 season, a move that was unpopular among several defensive players, including Talib.
As for Denver, the veteran of four NFL teams has one parting recommendation to management: Maybe they should stop firing all the dogs, Talib says. That team was full of dogs, and now they’re all gone. So, stop firing all the dogs.
Vader played college football at the University of Colorado and was a third-round pick by the Rams in 197After two years in the NFL, he transitioned to wrestling. He got his start in the AWA and soon moved to New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he adopted the Big Van Vader name. Vader made his major American debut with WCW in 1990 and moved to WWF in 1996, where his name was shortened to just Vader.
The first time I met Sean, I knew this guy was going to be a future head coach, says LaFleur. He’s so damn intelligent. His memory is as good as anybody I’ve ever been around. It’s scary good. He can see one thing from another team five years ago and recall the game and what quarter it was in, what part of the field it was on.
I think Kyle is a visionary—just look at the different styles of offense he’s been able to work with. Starting with our days with Robert Griffin back in 2012, where he had the foresight to create an offense that was conducive to what Robert did well.