Behind Enemy Lines - Jacksonville Jaguars

Heading into this week's matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Broncos Update takes a close look Behind Enemy Lines with Charlie Bernstein of Jagnation.com.

When it comes to covering the Jacksonville Jaguars, nobody does it better than Charlie Bernstein, Editor-in-Chief of Jagnation.com. Charlie was kind enough to sit down with Broncos Update and discuss a range of topics, from the release of Byron Leftwich to this Sunday's match up at Invesco Field.

BU - What kind of impact did the release of Byron Leftwich have on the team and what kind of expectations does head coach Jack Del Rio have for David Garrard?

Although most of the players didn't go on record, the release of Leftwich sent shockwaves through the entire team. New offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter spent seven months building an offense around Leftwich's strengths, and that was undermined with one decision. The team was completely behind Leftwich, as they saw him as their leader.

Publicly, coach Del Rio says that they will "open up the entire playbook" with Garrard under center. Del Rio has been talking Garrard up ever since the move was made.

BU - Garrard put up some nice numbers against the Falcons last week, averaging over 10-yards per pass with no interceptions. How will the game plan change this week going up against the Broncos secondary with Champ Bailey and Dre' Bly?

The Jaguars will look to attack the Broncos on the ground first and foremost this Sunday. The Broncos duo of corners is clearly more talented than anyone the Jaguars can send out to catch passes.

BU - What kind of adjustments do you expect to see defensively, to try and contain Travis Henry and Selvin Young?

The Jaguars are very confident in their defensive line against any set of running backs in the league. That being said, if the Broncos have some early success on the ground, I can see the Jaguars switching up from their normal cover two, to a cover one defense.

BU - So far the Broncos rushing defense has been disappointing at best. Is this the week Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew break it open or will Jacksonville stick to a pass first approach in Denver?

I would imagine that the Jaguars will give Denver a heavy dose of the power running game with both Taylor, Jones-Drew, and even Greg Jones. If they get behind by two scores, they will likely be forced to take some chances in the passing game against those great Broncos corners.

BU - Without a doubt the Jaguars defense stepped it up in the first two weeks - ranking third in the league in quarterback sacks - Do you expect the pressure to increase this week against Jay Cutler?

Although the Jaguars have been getting sacks, many of them have been coverage sacks, and/or missed blitz assignments. The Broncos have a much better offensive line than any that the Jaguars have faced this year, and I can't imagine them getting more than one or two sacks against the mobile Jay Cutler.

Check out what Broncos Update Columnist Schon had to say in his visit with Jacksonville - Jagnation.com



Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Jagnation.com, and a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports.com, Sirius NFL Radio, and Sportsillustated.com. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers Association, and is a columnist for the New Smyrna Observer.

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