Brady Quinn. JaMarcus Russell. Tony Romo. Tom Brady. Philip Rivers. Ben Roethlisberger. Eli Manning.
Through 11 games this season, those seven quarterbacks have all felt the wrath of an Elvis Dumervil sack.
Come Sunday, Dumervil hopes Matt Cassel will be the eighth signal caller he catches this season. But Cassel’s mobility out of the pocket presents a stiff test.
“He’s a tough guy to bring down,” Dumervil said. “He’s very athletic and I think he does a great job of making plays with his feet and seeing downfield. I think we’ve got our hands full and our work cut out for us this weekend. It’s going to be a great challenge though, so I’m looking forward to it.”
While Cassel has a knack for leaving defenders in their tracks, the Chiefs quarterback has been victimized by porous protection at times. Cassel has been sacked 35 times this season.
Dumervil noted that types like Cassel, who are adept at leaving the pocket, give defenders greater time and potential to make plays.
“If they’re athletic, they sort of give you a chance, an opportunity because they want to make plays, to get to them,” Dumervil said. “It has its pros and cons to it.”
Cassel’s athleticism will be countered by Dumervil’s unique approach to rushing. Dumervil enters the Week 13 battle in Kansas City with 14 sacks, which puts him two shy of Simon Fletcher’s 1992 Broncos franchise record of 16 takedowns.
Head Coach Josh McDaniels sees Dumervil’s record pace as a product of his style being far from ordinary.
“I think that most tackles and most linemen would agree,” McDaniels said. “His lack of height combined with his strength and power and the fact that he has real long arms for a shorter guy, it’s kind of a different combination. There are not many people that you block in this league that are like that.”
MORENO RECEIVES ANOTHER ROOKIE HONOR
For the third time this season, Knowshon Moreno has been named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week.
Moreno ran for 88 yards and his fourth rushing touchdown of the season in the Broncos’ 26-6 Thanksgiving night victory over the Giants. He won the same honor in back-to-back weeks earlier this season, after wins over the Cowboys and Patriots in Week 4 and Week 5, respectively.
There was one Friday change to the Broncos’ Week 13 Injury Report. After not participating in Thursday’s practice, Brian Dawkins (ankle) was a limited participant in Friday’s practice. He is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at Kansas City.
On the Chiefs side, safety DaJuan Morgan (knee) went from not being listed on Thursday to a full participant on Friday. He is probable to play on Sunday.
– Chris Gentilviso, DenverBroncos.com