Bates' résumé looks like big hit
Coach has history of lifting pass rush
By Mike Klis
Denver Post Staff Writer
Article Launched: 04/09/2007 01:00:00 AM MDT
Research shows no team might have improved its pass rush this offseason more than the Broncos.
Say what? There has been concern in Denver because the team loaded up on Jay Cutler's side of the ball this offseason without adding a pass rusher. The lone defensive line acquisition, Alvin McKinley, is a run-stopping tackle who comes out on third downs.
Yet, in new defensive boss Jim Bates, the Broncos might have made their most significant pass-rush addition since, well, Elvis Dumervil in last year's NFL draft.
Check out Bates' résumé: In 1999, Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor had 2 1/2 sacks in his third NFL season. The next year, his first with Bates, Taylor had 14 1/2 sacks and added 18 1/2 in 2002.
The Dolphins' other defensive end during that period, Trace Armstrong, went from 7 1/2 sacks in 1999 to 16 1/2 in 2000 - the only time he made the Pro Bowl during his 15-year career.
"We play different techniques with our defensive ends," Bates said. "There's several ways of doing things, and we always adjust to the personnel."
To those who would argue the Broncos don't have a Jason Taylor- or Trace Armstrong-caliber defensive end, there is Adewale Ogun- leye. After playing sparingly as a rookie in 2001, Ogunleye had 9 1/2 sacks for the Dolphins in 2002 and 15 1/2 in 2003, then left for Chicago, where he has been unable to match his production under Bates.
In 2005, Bates' only season of directing Green Bay's defense, end Aaron Kampman had 6 1/2 sacks after getting just seven in his first three years. Last year, Kampman improved to 15 1/2 sacks while employing the Bates-taught fundamentals.
None of those defensive ends came near the rookie production of Dumervil, who last year had 8 1/2 sacks in 13 games.
Weeeeee! i do hope all our defense players will post outstanding sack figures.