BALTIMORE — With a wrecking-ball defense, the Broncos came to the NFL town Ray Lewis built and tore it down. Forty-five minutes after Denver's 34-17 victory against Baltimore, a tractor swept the stadium turf, picking up the shards of quarterback Joe Flacco's ego. And for every team with a coaching vacancy, write down these three words: Jack Del Rio.
On their seventh defensive coordinator in seven years, the Broncos love Del Rio. "I just don't know how long he'll be around," Denver cornerback Champ Bailey said Sunday.
It seems as if every week Del Rio adds another line to his resume. Somebody is going to hire him as a head coach. Soon. Just hope it's not the San Diego Chargers.
Not so long ago, as the Broncos tended to bruises after getting run over by a bus driven by Tom Brady in the New England countryside, it appeared if Denver were to contend for the Super Bowl, quarterback Peyton Manning would have to make his own magic.
No more. The Broncos can win a championship with this defense.