In the midst of building a bigger defensive line, Jack Del Rio may have dug up a gem in his own back yard. Sealver Siliga has impressed in offseason activites. While impressing coaches in shorts and a t-shirt is akin to deep sea diving in a swimming pool, there is hope. The Broncos desperately need a run stuffing big body in the middle of the line. With one of best pure passing quarterbacks of all time in the fold, the Broncos expect to become a high octane offense. The defense is comprised of two of the best pass rushers in the NFL. Putting them in a position to pin thier ears back and go after quarterbacks early and often will exponentially increase Denver's chances of success. The keys?
1. Having an offense that can put points on the scoreboard.
2. Having a run defense that can force teams into second and third and long situations.
Peyton Manning should take care of #1. Enter Siliga for the second. He was a run stuffing machine in college, despite playing at a paultry 305 pounds. He's bulked up to 330, and looks like a keeper. A former power lifting champion in high school, Siliga brings much needed bulk and strength at the point of attack. The Broncos don't need him to be an every down player. They just need him to clog up the middle on early downs so that the Broncos can transition into thier nickel and dime packages early. Kevin Vickerson has bulked up to 325 while cutting body fat. That's a whole lot of beef in the middle of that line. If those 2 can consistently win the line of scrimmage on running downs, the Broncos are in for an exciting season on defense. Jack Del Rio brings a new philosphy on the Dline. He prefers bigger, stronger lineman and puts a priority on run stopping. Sliliga will get a chance to compete, and may be the wildcard that the Broncos defense has been looking for at the defensive tackle position for years.