By their own standards, the Denver Broncos are having a disappointing season defending the pass in 2017.
For each of the past two seasons, the Broncos, paced by their outstanding ‘No Fly Zone’ secondary, have led the league in passing defense. Through the first quarter of the 2017 season, Denver ranks 11th in the league, allowing 210 passing yards per game.
On Monday afternoon, the day after his team defeated the Oakland Raiders 16-10, Denver head coach Vance Joseph discussed how his defense can improve in defending opposing passing attacks.
“Just not giving up explosive passes. Yesterday they scored basically 10 points and we gave up a 64-yard pass,” Joseph said. “We had them backed up both times and the second time we got them backed up minus five I think. We gave a 28-yard pass up, which lead to points. Defensively we’re playing pretty good, but we could play better, especially in two-minute defense. We’ve been really soft there. We have to improve there.”
In reality, the Broncos don’t have much to worry about. They have spent the bulk of their three wins playing from ahead and their run defense has been phenomenal. Because of this, their opponents being forced to almost exclusively throw the ball against them. Furthermore, a large portion of the passing yardage they have allowed came during the fourth quarters of their respective games against the Los Angeles Chargers, Dallas Cowboys and Raiders.
When it comes down to it, the Broncos still rank second in the NFL in total defense (they could move up to No. 1 following the Washington Redskins’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night, though), and they have a 3-1 overall record going into their bye week. If he is truly concerned about his team’s pass defense, then it’s clear that Joseph is a man that has ‘first world problems’.
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