Broncos defensive leadership no longer about the W’s

The W’s are out at Dove Valley as the Denver Broncos get set to begin the 2017 season.

No Ware. No Ward. No Wade.

Three key leaders from the Denver Broncos’ historic championship defense have left the building. Future Hall of Famer DeMarcus Ware retired after last season. Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips was not retained in the recent regime change. Safety T.J. Ward was cut for newer models – Justin Simmons and Will Parks.

As a result, the defense will have to change the way it functions and its leadership dynamics. Leadership is the greatest intangible in sports – especially football. It’s a combination of motivation, camaraderie, grit, fellowship and bonding.

The Broncos had great chemistry on defense during their Super Bowl 50 run. Frustration with the offense could have bubbled over, instead, the unit stuck together. The defense came up with big stops, sacks, turnovers and touchdowns to aid the team two years ago. The leadership of Phillips, Ware and Ward won the Lombardi Trophy.

Originally posted on Mile High Sports

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