Coming out of training camp and early in the season, the major concern for the Denver Broncos defense was the linebackers. That seems like a long time ago now as that unit is now one of the best groups in the NFL.
They are led by defensive player of the year candidate, Von Miller who had three more sacks on Sunday versus the San Diego Chargers. In addition to the sacks, Miller leads the league in tackles for loss and is the most disruptive force in football. Some would argue that JJ Watt of the Houston Texans is the most disruptive, but I’ll take Miller.
Wesley Woodyard turned in another outstanding game on Sunday with an interception and a fumble recovery. Woodyard also leads the Broncos in tackles. As if the unit wasn’t good enough, they got DJ Williams back on Sunday and whatever you think of Williams; he is still one of the best players on the Broncos defense. After only a week of practice, he had four tackles including one for a loss.
The group is also getting solid contributions from veteran, Keith Brooking and rookie Danny Trevathan. Great defenses throughout history have been built many different ways but almost all of them have had great linebackers, and the Broncos are proving that their group is very good.
There are numerous reasons for the Broncos success in 2012 but the linebackers are a major contributor to that success. That’s pretty impressive from a group that many believed would be the downfall of the Broncos defense.
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