Refresh this page for the latest news and notes before, during and after Broncos practice Friday, Sept. 14, from Denver Post beat reporters Ryan O’Halloran and Kyle Fredrickson.
9:30 — Have rule changes hurt Broncos’ tackling effort?
Caught up with Broncos defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson after practice on Thursday. Among the topics covered was tackling. The Broncos missed seven tackles in the first half of last week’s win over Seattle.
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I asked Robertson, who played 12 NFL seasons, if it’s natural for tackling to be sloppy because of the practice rules and managing the starters during the preseason.
“The game is a little bit different (now),” he said. “When I played, we had two-a-day practices in pads so we were always tackling and had pads on. If you had a day in shorts and shoulder pads, that was a good day. I’m quite sure the tackling has been a little sloppy across the league. But it doesn’t matter — when the ball comes to us, we have to get the ball down.”
— Ryan O’Halloran