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14 Dec 2012

Why Elvis Dumervil Has Simplified His Pass-Rush Repertoire

Thanks to Chase Stuart for pointing out on Twitter this excellent piece from a Denver Broncos blog outlining the way the Broncos are using Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller this year. The suggestion here is that Dumervil's personal sack totals are down because his speed rushes are meant to effect the offense's blocking schemes, which frees things up for Miller as well as the other linemen.

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Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 14 Dec 2012

7 comments, Last at 03 Apr 2013, 1:00am by knight


by The Hypno-Toad :: Fri, 12/14/2012 - 7:37pm

It was very strange at the beginning of the year. To my untrained, never-played-football eye, it look like Dumervil was trying to just straight line rush tackles even on plays where he was tighter in to the rest of the line... Not really his traditional game, as an undersized, speedy, agile leverage-type end.
This link helps me feel better in that I was actually seeing what I was seeing, but the fact that I couldn't figure out why the Broncos had decided to use him in that way makes me feel kinda slow.
I'll have to keep an eye on this blog. It is relevant to my interests.

by Danish Denver-Fan :: Sat, 12/15/2012 - 10:21am

Great stuff

by GreasyQtip (not verified) :: Sat, 12/15/2012 - 11:31am

This is a really great article, makes you rethink how you criticize all the non RB WR QBs. If two out of four broncos lineman are considered to be playing poorly, I am amazed at how awesome the overall Defense is doing.

This is the difference between the real scouts and the espn scouts of the world.

by DisplacedPackerFan :: Sat, 12/15/2012 - 12:12pm

This article helped me realize this is what the Packers were starting to do with Nick Perry before his injury. I knew that they had started to bring him in and he was just rushing, I thought they were just limiting his other responsibilities since he was in transition from a hand on the ground college DE to a stand up OLB. But going back they were having him at the wide 9 and that was giving Matthews some of those better match-ups. They would bring in Walden for other looks, but I just hadn't looked at them closely.

Excellent article.

by SuperDenverDak (not verified) :: Sat, 12/15/2012 - 3:40pm

Just look at Denvers defense last year when Dumervil was out to see how important he is. With him they were pretty good, without him they simply couldn't stop anyone.

by BroncosGuyAgain :: Sun, 12/16/2012 - 12:06am

I'm happy to see the exposure to this very good blog. Yes, it is Broncos-specific, but it is generally insightful and non-meatbally.

Now I want to go back and see how often Doom is employed this wide, and what Woodyard is doing in concert. I probably won't though.

Thanks. And, yes, it really is all over, Fat Man. (Sorry, RJ)

by knight (not verified) :: Wed, 04/03/2013 - 1:00am

Thanks for posting this. My friend who goes to a welding training school enjoyed reading this.