Denver Broncos: Who Will and Won't Be Holding the (Defensive) Line in 2011

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Denver Broncos: Who Will and Won't Be Holding the (Defensive) Line in 2011
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I previously did a review of the offensive side of the football, and now want to focus on the defensive side. This is painfully where the most need is.

Coming off the worst defensive season in recent Bronco history, it is no wonder that the new sheriff in town—Head Coach John Fox—is a defensive guy.

And with that in mind, let's take a look at how the defensive side of the ball will look when the 2011 season starts. And I will start with the anchor of the defense, the defensive line.

The past two years, the Broncos tried the 3-4 with minimal success. It started off looking like a winner when Mike Nolan was the Defensive Coordinator, but a clash of egos with ex-head coach Josh McDaniels had him leaving for Miami. In stepped Don "Wink" Martindale and last year was a disaster.

Not all was his fault, with the best pass rusher in the NFL the year before, Elvis Dumervil out for the season with torn Pectoral muscles. Still, the rest of the D couldn't and wouldn't step up to the challenge. Much of that I put on the lack of talent, and much of that was in the D line.

So we will start with new Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen and Defensive Line Coach Wayne Nunnally's current and projected talent and depth in the new 4-3 look.

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