NFL rank T11
Opponents' 2005 winning percentage .516
Games against playoff teams 5
AN OPPOSING TEAM'S SCOUT SIZES-UP THE BRONCOS
> I've never
been a Jake Plummer fan, but he played within himself last year. Now he has to
do that again-not play better than last year, just play as well.
> I like the
move up in the draft to get quarterback Jay Cutler. He's a good prospect whom
they can develop into their guy.
safety John Lynch is living off his reputation. He's a good tackler, but he's
only effective near the line of scrimmage. If you catch him covering somebody,
it's like stealing.
defensive tackle Trevor Pryce in free agency will hurt. He's a player you had
to account for because of his pass-rushing and run defense. I don't see
Courtney Brown, Gerard Warren or anybody else over there making up for
Al Wilson casts a
big shadow on defense. He does everything you want a middle linebacker to
The presence of
Pro Bowl players Champ Bailey, John Lynch and Al Wilson is the only reason
Williams isn't already the headliner of the Denver defense. At weakside
linebacker in 2004 he became the second rookie to lead the team in tackles
(114). Last year the 6'1" 242-pounder moved to the strong side, where his
run-stuffing and coverage skills helped the Broncos hold opponents to 16.1
points a game. Says one AFC scout, "This guy can cover, blitz and play the
run, and he's only going to get better."
GO TO my SI