Originally Posted by 76Texan
Their look can be like a 4-3, but basically, their base is more like a 52, same as the Texans. It was explained on the Broncos website by a couple of guys who know the X and O as much as Rey does.
If you follow what Kubiak said about how much we were in the dime and nickel;
the Broncos were, too.
There isn't much difference, just the cirscumstances that prompted the media to classify one from the other.
Mays must be a good fit, he's currently running with the 1st team. The Broncos changed over from a 3-4 to a 4-3 in 2011 when Fox became HC. Fox has always run a 4-3 defense. 1st as DC with the Giants and then during his many sucessful yrs with the Panthers.
Fox does have some 5-2 princilples in his defense, he will occasionally play the OLB's close to the LOS. But he only does this about 20% of the time. Wade's defense is in the 5-2 look 70-80 % of the time by contrast.
The reason many think the Fox runs a base 5-2 is because he used Miller and Dumervil as DE's on pass rushing downs and dropped down DE Derek Wolf to pair up at DT with Kevin Vickerson in pass rushing situations. (Having all of his best pass rushers on the field on passing downs seems like a good idea.)
The Broncos use their DT's to control the running game and need a fast MLB to cover the middle of the field. This didn't play well to Mays strengths. Even though Mays is a pretty god blitzer. (See Schaub hit) Mays is also a very good ST guy which is sorely needed. (Thanks Coach Joe)