As the Broncos enter the bye week, players and coaches will have the chance to relax and rejuvenate, but also improve on various aspects of their games.
For Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen, he believes that his unit needs to play at a high level more consistently during games.
“It’s getting back to being consistent — doing the right thing over and over,” Allen said. “We’ve worked on that the last couple of days, and we’re going to continue that throughout the rest of the season. I’ve seen a lot of improvement in a lot of different areas, and I think there are a lot of things that we have to get better at.”
Allen said that the defense played approximately 80 snaps last week against San Diego. On about 65 of those plays, the defense played “pretty good.” But he said it’s those 15 plays that have cost the defense, especially last week.
“There were a few snaps in the game that we didn’t play good enough, and at the end of the day against good teams they will exploit that and make big plays,” Allen said. “We have to try to eliminate those things.”
Allen said that there isn’t one particular player who repeatedly makes mistakes. Rather, it is the unit as a whole.
“On each individual play, you can look at a guy here or a guy there,” Allen said. “I don’t think it’s been any one individual that has really stood out. Like I said, we have to be more consistent across the board — coaching, playing, everything — and keep getting better.”
Allen said he and the rest of the coaching staff can do a better job putting the defense in a position to succeed, but the players can also improve on their execution.
“We’ve got to do our job as coaches and give them the best plan, make it simple enough for them to get lined up and execute,” Allen said. “As players, (they) have to understand what (their) job is and be able to decipher what the offense is doing and react to it and go make plays.”
Below are photos from Wednesday’s practice session.