Virgil Green: ‘Defensive Players More Confident Under Wade Phillips’

As if the high of tying the game in the final minute weren’t enough, the Denver Broncos went out and won it nine seconds later.

Bradley Roby scooped up a Jamaal Charles fumble and took it 21 yards to the house, as the Broncos beat the Chiefs, 31-24, in Kansas City last Thursday.

“It was crazy,” Broncos tight end Virgil Green said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “You expect a team to just do something, especially that far back, to do something to just run the clock out, go into overtime and take their chances there. And to see our defense still ball-hawking out there, trying to get the ball out and then to make a huge play scooping and scoring was just ridiculous. As soon as I got into the locker room, I was just yelling at the top of my lungs that our defense is outrageous. You got to tip our hats off to our defense because they’re out there playing their hearts out and helping us out as a team.”

Indeed, Denver’s defense has been lights-out this season. Through two games, the Broncos have forced seven turnovers, scored two defensive touchdowns and held Baltimore and Kansas City to a combined 2-of-20 on third down.

What’s been the biggest difference under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips?

“I think the main difference I see is guys seeming like they’re more confident in what they’re doing,” Green said. “In years past, we’ve had a ferocious defense, but I just feel like guys are more confident in what they’re doing and understanding what the offense is doing to make the huge plays.”

Chris Harris and Aqib Talib had game-changing interceptions against the typically safe Alex Smith last Thursday. Smith was held to 191 passing yards and finished without a touchdown.

“You see Talib break on that route like he knew it was coming,” Green said. “That just goes to their film study and all the things they’re doing in the film room and on the field – taking the ball away from the offense and making sure they capitalize on all the things the offense throws at them.”

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