The Denver defense has emerged as one of the best in the league in 2012, allowing a league-low 4.7 yards per play while leading the NFL with 31 sacks.
But cornerback Champ Bailey isn’t satisfied. He believes the team still has much more room to grow.
“We’re a decent football team right now, but we could be so much better,” Bailey said “And we know it. That’s what we need to concentrate on and the rest will take care of itself.”
To their last three opponents, the Broncos have surrendered 14, 23 and 14 points in addition to a second-half shutout against San Diego before that. Linebacker Von Miller points to the team’s attitude and ability to stay loose on the field.
“It’s just the attitude we get in here,” Miller said. “We’re all excited to play together. When you play together, it’s fun. That’s what you saw last Sunday — all the guys out there having fun. Hopefully we can replicate that this weekend.”
Safety David Bruton believes that some of that demeanor comes from the defensive coordinator. Bruton said that Jack Del Rio brings “aggressiveness” and “intensity” to his unit and it has spread to the players.
“He definitely brings that to the table,” Bruton said in a fan forum with season ticket holders. “He’s not a laid-back coach, he’s a guy who gets on your butt when you do something wrong and he’s a guy who will pat you on the back when you do something right.”
While Bailey looks for continuous improvement on defense from week to week, he looks back on the recent defensive performances – the sacks leading to good field position, the turnovers and the defensive touchdowns – and knows the unit has been performing well.
“I know we have a little bit to do with those 30-some points going up every week,” Bailey said. “It feels good.”