Derek Wolfe hasn’t even begun his second NFL season, but he’s already a leader on the defense.
“We needed guys to step up in that role. He has accepted it,” said 12-time Pro Bowler Champ Bailey, a leader in his own right. “I like it. He works hard, he’s here every day. He thinks he is going to be the best at his position and I love that confidence about him.”
Wolfe said he leads best through his effort on the field and doing things “the right way.”
Von Miller agreed, saying that leadership “comes with experience and making plays.”
At the same time, Bailey has long said his style has never been that of a vocal leader, and both Wolfe and Miller said Monday that they’re not “big vocal guy(s).”
So that raises the question — are the Broncos lacking the fiery defender that can deliver a pump-up speech at the right time? Is that a weakness of this year’s group?
Quite the opposite, according to Wolfe.
“Our defense, we don’t have to talk,” he said. “We just have each other’s back. That’s what it comes down to. And when somebody’s falling behind they just look around and see that nobody else is falling behind, so they better pick it up. That’s kind of how our defense is. It was like that last year, too.”
And the Broncos boasted the No. 2 overall defense in the league in 2012, tying for first with 52 sacks.
“We don’t need all that rah-rah screaming stuff,” Wolfe said. “Just do your job and get it done well.”
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