Denver Broncos Hot Topics - Friday Nov. 3

The Denver Broncos aren't planning on making any defensive changes a week after being picked apart by Peyton Manning, but will get a lift with the return of Gerard Warren. Read the latest on the Broncos in today's edition of "Hot Topics."

The Broncos aren't planning on making defensive changes.

A week after losing to Indianapolis, a game in which the Broncos didn't blitz and Peyton Manning took advantage of it when Denver didn't get any pressure, the Broncos defended their defensive approach.

After all, Denver allowed only two touchdowns in its first six games. The Broncos felt no need to change.

"Just because something doesn't work one week doesn't mean you have to throw it away," defensive end Kenard Lang said.

The Broncos dramatically changed their defense after losing the AFC Championship Game to Pittsburgh, the team Denver plays this week. The Broncos blitzed a lot last year, but they revamped the defense and have played a basic scheme this year without much blitzing at all.

Many players said the scheme wasn't the problem against the Colts. They didn't get a lot of pressure with the front four, but blitzing Manning usually doesn't work either.

"We got to play harder," cornerback Champ Bailey said. "That's what we needed to do different. We needed to play harder and more sound on defense. Maybe we will add more pressure if we play him again. Who knows? We'll wait for that time. Now we have to worry about Pittsburgh."

PLAYER NOTES --DT Gerard Warren practiced again Thursday. He is probable and should be ready to play Sunday against Pittsburgh. Warren missed last week's game with a sprained right big toe.

--CB Champ Bailey was named the AFC's defensive player of the month for October. Bailey probably will get consideration for defensive player of the year honors. He has three interceptions.

--FB Cecil Sapp had a pair of long runs against Indianapolis last week. Sapp, who was replacing injured Kyle Johnson, gives the Broncos some additional options because of his ability to run the ball.

--G Ben Hamilton has had a solid, quiet season. The Broncos are running the ball well and doing a good job protecting Jake Plummer. Plummer has been sacked 10 times in seven games.

--WR Rod Smith is averaging 9.7 yards per catch, by far the lowest pace of his career. Smith hasn't been as big of a part of Denver's offense since the acquisition of Javon Walker. Walker has more than twice as many yards as Smith this year.



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