Published: August 5th, 2010 | Tags: 2010 Training Camps, Aaron Schobel, Adalius Thomas, Denver Broncos, Elvis Dumervil, Frank Tadych, Jarvis Moss, Jason La Canfora, Josh McDaniels, Leonard Little, Mario Haggan, Robert Ayers
With the likelihood that OLB Elvis Dumervil is lost for the season with a torn pectoral muscle, the Broncos are forced to find a replacement, and a source of a pass rush, in their 3-4 defense. Easier said than done.
The first and mostly likely route for the Broncos is to fill from within, a course of direction I found out is prefered by NFL Network analysts Matt Millen and Jim Mora. That plan would start with former first-round picks Jarvis Moss and Robert Ayers, who worked with the first-team defense during afternoon practice on Thursday.
Broncos coach Josh McDaniels told reporters he’s not planning (right now) on adding outside help, and hinted the team might give the 4-3 a longer look as one possible solution.
“We’ve talked about being versatile, and versatility adds value to your football team. I tell our players that all the time,” McDaniels said. “Whether that being Mario Haggan adding to the mix with Jarvis … Jarvis has certainly done some good things in camp. Jarvis Moss has an opportunity in front of him to do some things.
“We’ve practiced in the 4-3 already, multiple days in camp. Like I said, there’s no way we’re going to replace him in terms of his production as just a single pass-rusher. I don’t think that’s fair to anybody. But, the way we’re going to go about trying to replace him as a player how is on the field a lot, it may take a few different people, and it may take some creativity from us.”
A few names outside of the organization are already being linked to the Broncos. One is former Bills rusher Aaron Schobel, primarily a 4-3 defensive end who it is believed exited, in part, because of a switch to the 3-4 scheme. It’s still not out of the question opportunities would exist in certain packages for Schobel in a 3-4 defense. There is also veteran DE Leonard Little, who reportedly continues to ponder retirement. NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora also threw out Adalius Thomas as a possibility.
Although it falls far short of a silver-lining, the Broncos have several weeks of camp to figure out their solution.