Denver Broncos Head Coach Vance Joseph
October 11, 2017
Q: How do you make sure your team comes off of a bye week and doesn’t overlook an 0-5 team?
A: Well, that’s been discussed around here since Monday. And the bottom line for us, we’re focused each week on playing the best game that we can play. It doesn’t matter who we play, it doesn’t matter where or when, our sole focus and our week revolves around playing the best game that we can play. So, we’re not really focused on the bye, or who we’re playing. It’s about us having a great week of work and playing our best football on Sunday. If we do that, we feel good about our chances.
Q: What can you say about the development of your first round pick, tackle Garett Bolles?
A: He’s done a great job. He’s a guy that we targeted in the first round because we needed a tackle who can block speed. In our division alone, every team we play twice has two edge rushers. So, it was a spot that we had to address. He’s done a great job, as far as learning what to do as a rookie starter and physically, he’s a really gifted guy, where he can block speed rushers. He almost looks like a big tight end when he’s playing football. But he’s a talent, he’s worked hard. It hadn’t been perfect for him. He had a high ankle sprain one game and actually bounced back in two days and played for us, so he’s showed some toughness also. So, I’ve been really impressed with him and obviously he’s going to get better as he plays more football.
Q: With all of the recent Giant injures at wide receiver, do you have to rethink what you’re going to do on defense against them this week?
A: Well, we’re a one-high team. We’re a five-man rush, man-free team, so our structure of how we play defense won’t change. Obviously if they had (wide receiver) Odell Beckham, that’s a problem because he’s a special player. So, that would take some game planning to make sure he wouldn’t hurt us. But we’re a five-man rush, man-free team, so the structure won’t change. Obviously we have to adjust during the ball game, once we kind of figure out what they’re doing and how they’re attacking us. But as far as our defensive structure, it will not change.
Q: What have you seen from Giants tight end Evan Engram and what kind of challenges does he present?
A: He presents major challenges because obviously, he’s a tight end with a receiver skillset. So, we’ve got to be careful on the matchups with Engram, and we’ve got to be careful of how we play certain formations with him as a receiver, versus him as a tight end in-line. So, again, that’s going to take some game planning obviously, but also some adjusting, once we kind of figure out what (Giants head coach) Ben (McAdoo’s) game plan is going to be to attack us.
Q: Do you figure that Engram will be lining up in some different spots that he hasn’t been so far this season?
A: Absolutely, absolutely. That’s what I would do, if I was game planning us. I would try to find a way to get him on our safeties and our backers because he is – obviously when you lose four receivers, you’ve got to go to your best resources, and I think it’s Engram, I think it’s [running back Shane] Vereen. So, he’s got to find a way to use those guys. And obviously on our end, having answers once we see what the plan is, to have an answer to combat that a little bit.