Joe Woods will be the Denver Broncos' defensive coordinator this season, a promotion for the veteran coach with 24 years of experience. Woods has worked as a defensive backs coach for 13 seasons in the NFL, with with Tampa Bay from 2004-05, Minnesota from 2006-13, Oakland in 2014, and in Denver since 2015.
It's early going, but Woods is already busy implementing the changes he believes will help carry the Broncos back to a Super Bowl.
Woods spoke with the media after Wednesday's mini-camp, and here are the 4 ways the defensive coordinator is trying to improve Denver's "No Fly Zone" Defense:
1. Let them be competitive
"I’m a competitive person and right now, our offense and defense are competing at a high level,” Woods said of stoking the team's competitiveness in practice. “Sometimes they make some plays on us, sometimes we make some plays on them. There’s been a lot of good going back and forth. At the end of the day, we want collective results. We play together and we win together. It’s offense, defense and ‘we-fense.’ You have some good days and you have some bad days, but you always want to win.”
2. Restart from square one
“My message to the whole group this year was that we have to reset,” Woods said. “I feel like after the first year we won the Super Bowl we were flying high. Guys came back and they worked hard, but it wasn’t the same thing. We came back for 2016 and didn’t have the season we wanted. 2015 it was great and we won the Super Bowl. 2016 it was down. Those two years have nothing to do with what we are trying to do in 2017. We have a reset mentality and we’re worried about what we’re doing this year to get better.”
3. Adjust what works to make it work better
“There’s no secret to what we do,” Woods explained of a defense that has proven it can shut down even the best passing offences. “We line up and say, we know what you’re going to do, you know what we’re going to do, let’s see who wins. There wasn’t really a lot of variance or change in terms of the calls we ran. We had a lot of success doing it that way. If our 11 can beat your 11, we’re going to win. We just struggled early on. Moving forward, I’m going to make sure I have a little bit of variety and a little bit of change in terms of what we do—especially early in the game.”
4. Push the envelope
“The whole thing with that group is that it’s a bunch of competitive guys that have chips on their shoulders,” Woods said of his defensive backs. “Even from my first year here coaching those guys, I never had to worry about motivation. Those guys obviously push the envelope when they’re out there. They want to make sure they’re making the offense better and the offensive guys do a good job of making them better.”
Source: Tim Lynch – Mile High Report · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS