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Reunited with Fox, Del Rio charges up Denver 'D'

Thursday - 11/15/2012, 5:50pm  ET

FILE - This Nov. 11, 2012 file photo shows Denver Broncos' defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio on the sidelines against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C. Dismissed after a near nine-year run as head coach in Jacksonville, Del Rio's reunion with Broncos coach John Fox is producing a swarming defense that sacks a lot, even scores a little, and doesn't give up many yards or points. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

EDDIE PELLS
AP National Writer

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- There are a few more lines around the eyes, each of them a mark of some lesson learned during a head-coaching tenure that lasted nearly a decade, had its share of success but ended badly for Jack Del Rio in Jacksonville.

Some things, however, haven't changed.

The Broncos defensive coordinator, now 49 and reunited with John Fox in the same role he had a decade ago in Carolina, is still a formidable presence whenever he walks onto a football field. And the schemes the NFL linebacker-turned-coach crafts still make life difficult for opposing offenses.

Denver's seventh defensive coordinator in seven years has the Broncos playing fast, and at a level this defense hasn't reached in a while. They are ranked sixth in yards allowed and 10th in points allowed.


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