The Denver Broncos know what their biggest weakness is defensively. New Defensive Coordinator Joe Woods recently opined that it was "obvious" — stopping the run.
"Obviously, it’s the run game," Woods said. "Last year was a little bit different for us in terms of how teams attacked us, so right now we’re in the process of going through and looking at what we did last year and the areas that we can improve, and obviously run is one of those areas. We didn’t play that well defensively against the run.”
The Broncos are looking for two starting-caliber defensive linemen in free agency and one candidate reportedly has a trip lined up with the team.
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The draw to Mitchell likely stems from his extensive experience working under Defensive Line Coach Bill Kollar. Mitchell's first four years in the league were with Kollar in Houston, so there's familiarity and confidence in the big D-lineman's ability to execute under Kollar's tutelage.
Although he's far from a game-changer, Mitchell could fill the starting role at nose tackle for the Broncos that is soon to be vacated by Sylvester Williams.
For his career, Mitchell has appeared in 100 games, tallying 206 combined tackles and 5.5 sacks. Although Williams is a better pass rusher, Mitchell is more stout against the run, which is where the Broncos need to improve.
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