The Broncos want to stop the bleeding before they go into their Week 11 bye, while the Saints want to remain within striking distance of the 6-3 Atlanta Falcons, who sit atop the NFC South.
Keo won a Super Bowl with the Broncos last year, after famously importuning defensive coordinator Wade Phillips on Twitter late in the season. Phillips was signed this past summer to add veteran depth to Denver's young tight end group.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1726322-broncos-really-need-adam-... Both players' obsolescence in Denver were sparked by the team's youth movement. In the case of Keo, the Broncos drafted two safeties this past spring, both of whom made the final roster.
Phillips was behind Virgil Green and Jeff Heuerman to start the season, but had become Denver's No. 2 TE because of Heuerman's failure to develop and make an impact. GM John Elway's answer was to orchestrate a trade with New England a week before the deadline for A.J. Derby.
Phillips was released shortly thereafter.
The Saints now have a player from both sides of the ball to give away Denver's systemic secrets. According to special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis, however, any information the Saints are able to impart from their new prospective stool pigeons won't make much of a difference.
“It doesn’t change anything; it just means that they now know our systems," DeCamillis said Thursday. "I could tell you that Shiloh is singing like a canary (laughs) because he did it when he came here. I can tell you that right now. We played Cincinnati and he came in and gave us everything. That’s just the league. You just have to deal with it. John Phillips was with me in Dallas so it’s not like they don’t know it and I’m sure they did the same thing offensively and defensively. It’s all about the players on the field, though. That’s what it’s really about and both of those guys were good players for us and hopefully we can play well against them.”
I couldn't agree more. What will matter on gameday is execution and intensity, not knowledge of the system. Yes, there is a reason coaches and players study film.
But at the end of the day, the team who wants it more comes out on top 10 times of out 10.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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