Broncos Offseason Still On Hold Until New CBA

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NFL Offseason: Rule Changes For Kickoffs, Replays Made

On March 16, NFL news not involving the lockout broke when it was learned that the league was looking into changing a few rules regarding kickoffs and replays. Almost a week later and those rule changes are now made good.

Kickoffs
Kickoffs will now be at the 35-yard line instead of the 30-yard line. This does not bode for kick returners like Devin Hester since touchbacks will become more prevalent now. One rule that was discussed but not adopted was moving the touchback line to the 25-yard mark. Had that one passed, one could almost imagine no kickoff returns unless the kicker messed up on the kick and had it land short of the end zone.

Replays
All scoring plays will now be reviewable by the booth instead of just in the final two minutes of each half. There was a possibility of eliminating a team's third challenge if the previous two challenges were in favor of the team, but it was defeated. According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Broncos head coach John Fox and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick led the fight to keep that rule in place.

Field Color
The field color for any NFL playing surface must be a shade of green. This is likely a result of Boise State having a blue field and Eastern Washington a red turf.

But without a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, these rule changes are just floating out there right now.

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Broncos Interested In Oshiomogho Atogwe, According To Report

The Denver Broncos are interested former Rams safety Oshiomogho Atogwe, who was cut after the St. Louis Rams did not want to pay him an $8 million bonus, reports ESPN's Bill Williamson. Because he was released, Atogwe is allowed to sign with another team. In addition to Denver, his former teams the Rams remain one of four teams who are reportedly pursuing him.

A third-round pick by the Rams in 2005, Atogwe has 22 career interceptions, 16 forced fumbles and 339 tackles. The Broncos could use a player of Atogwe's abilities. The Broncos had only 10 interceptions in 2010, tied with the Colts for the second-worst in the league, and 14 forced fumbles, tied with three other teams for 22nd best in the league.

Bob Sanders, who was recently released by the Colts, has not yet been connected by Broncos, but he is also another defensive back they could pursue. Though known as one of the games hardest-hitters, he has been plagued with injuries throughout his seven-year career. Both Atogwe and Sanders turn 30 this year, but the former is the better bet to have an impact on the field more often.

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John Fox Announces Broncos Will Go To 4-3 Defense

What has been quietly talked about since John Fox was hired has become official: the Denver Broncos will use a 4-3 defense as its base option. John Fox confirmed that with the Denver Post earlier this week. The team had played a 3-4 defense under former head coach Josh McDaniels, but it never had the talent to succeed. As witnessed this year, the Broncos were at or near the bottom of every defensive category.

Now it will be up to Fox and defensive coordinator Dennis Allen to build a new defense. With Elvis Dumervil and Robert Ayers likely to play on the line again, that is the first step. The No. 2 pick will also help determine the tenor of this new defense. Even with the likely departure of Champ Bailey, this move to a 4-3 front will highly influence the team's No. 2 overall draft pick. The selection of a defensive lineman over a cornerback like LSU's Patrick Peterson may be more likely.

But as with most moves happening right now, the real question is, will his happen in 2011 or 2012?

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