Saturday, April 27, 2013
Shaun Phillips gives Denver more pass rush
By Bill Williamson
The Denver Broncos are suddenly set with complementary pass-rushers for star Von Miller.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Broncos have signed San Diego linebacker Shaun Phillips. He signed a one-year contract.
The Chargers had lukewarm interest in bringing back Phillips.
Phillips had 9.5 sacks for San Diego last year, but will be a situational pass-rusher for the Broncos. Yes, Denver needed a defensive end after Elvis Dumervil left. But what they really wanted was another pass-rusher. Phillips fills that role. This is a passing-down addition.
I think Phillips can help because he still has something left in the tank and he seems to raise his level of play when he is surrounded by talent. Denver had the No. 2 defense in the league.
It will be somewhat strange seeing Phillips in a Denver uniform. He was often in the middle of skirmishes between the two teams and Denver players often said Phillips was one of the mouthiest players in the league. Now, Phillips will be talking and harassing the passer in a San Diego uniform.
Denver had shown interest in Dwight Freeney and John Abraham. While anything is possible I’d be surprised if either was brought in at this point.