New Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton has been away from the sidelines for a while, but he’s keenly aware of the challenge he’s facing on Sunday. We’re referring to Las Vegas Raiders Pro Bowl defensive end and pass-rushing extraordinaire Maxx Crosby.
Raiders vs. Broncos: Can Maxx Crosby be slowed down?
Crosby, to many the face of the Raiders right now, recorded some impressive numbers against the Broncos last season. In fact, they tell a compelling story that can be summed up in one word: dominance. Four sacks, nine solo tackles, and a forced fumble—are you getting the picture?
Obviously, Payton is aware of this too. While he’s not too keen on the Raiders versus the Broncos being a “rivalry,” (h/t Mike Kliss, 9News) recognizing Crosby as one of the best is his biggest concern ahead of Sunday. Well, to be fair, any opposing offensive coordinator or coach likely echoes a similar sentiment.
“He’s really flexible. He’s a tremendous worker. Athletic. He’s got one of those motors that doesn’t stop, and he can get to your edge quickly. But his ability to bend and then his stamina are things that stand out,” Payton told the media on Monday morning.
Up to the task of trying to slow down Maxx Crosby for Sean Payton will be right tackle Mike McGlinchey—well, emphasis on trying. McGlinchey, who’s been dealing with his own injury concerns, is now up to speed ahead of Week 1 (h/t Mile High Huddle) but stopping Crosby has proven to be rather fruitless in past meetings. Regardless, these are the new Broncos with Payton at the helm—will things be any different as far as slowing Crosby down? Well, we have to wait and see this Sunday.
*Top Photo: Benjamin Hegar/Las Vegas Review-Journal