Turnover margin troubling for Broncos
The Denver Post
If you think it has been, well, forever since the Broncos’ defense snagged a turnover, you’re not the only one.
“Years, it seems like,” cornerback Champ Bailey said.
While Bailey might be going heavy on the hyperbole, his sentiment is right.
Dating to last season, the Broncos have gone four games – two to end 2008 and two preseason games to start 2009 – without a takeaway. The last turnover created came on Dec. 14, when safety Josh Barrett picked off a pass from Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme.
While coaches often are quick to dismiss preseason statistics, there is no denying the Broncos’ minus-6 turnover margin through two preseason games is troubling. Denver has lost four interceptions (all by starting quarterback Kyle Orton) and two fumbles (by Tony Scheffler and Kenny McKinley) while failing to force any on defense.
It’s the same problem that plagued the 2008 version of the defense. The Broncos had only 13 total takeaways – six interceptions (second-worst in the NFL) and seven recovered fumbles – for a total turnover margin of minus-17 for the season.
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