Thursday, August 5, 2010
What's next for Denver?
By Bill Williamson
I just caught up with Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. to discuss how the Denver Broncos will handle the loss of Elvis Dumervil. Dumervil is expected to be out for four months with a ton pectoral muscle. The linebacker led the NFL with 17 sacks last season.
Williamson’s prognosis for Denver without Dumervil is not good.
“Pass rushers don’t grow on trees,” Williamson said. “Denver really has nothing without Dumervil.”
Williamson is not thrilled at all with former first-round picks, Jarvis Moss and Robert Ayers, who are Denver's top in-house pass-rush options.
Williamson on Moss: “The Broncos can’t count on him at all. He is not the answer.”
Williamson on Ayers: “I don’t trust Ayers at all. I think he’s a bad fit for the 3-4, anyway … I bet Denver wishes it would have taken Brian Orakpo last year."
Denver will surely look at free-agent possibilities. Yet, there are not great 3-4 options. Aaron Schobel is the top pass rusher available, but he’s a 4-3 player. There are other 4-3 players, such as the aging Leonard Little and Adewale Ogunleye. In Denver, those two players would likely only be third-down options.
“They couldn’t play in the 3-4, but they could come in and go after he quarterback on third down,” Williamson said. “It’s not perfect, but it’s better than what Denver has now.”
Greg Ellis has 3-4 experience, but he is old and banged up. Adalius Thomas is still available, and he was in New England with Denver coach Josh McDaniels. However, rushing the passer was never Thomas’ forte.
“I really don’t know what Denver can do at this point,” Williamson said. “It’s terrible timing.”