The Broncos surprised quite a few folks on Thursday releasing starting linebacker Andra Davis. Mike Klis of the Denver Post called it the "most stunning transaction of the offseason" for the Broncos.
Davis seemingly had a good season accumulating 90 tackles and 3.5 sacks for Denver.
So what went wrong? John Bena of SBNation's Broncos community, Mile High Report, weighs in:
So what cost Davis his job with the Broncos? Flexibility, likely. That is the calling card of the Josh McDaniels way - players that can play multiple positions in multiple situations. That means, when at all possible, your linebackers cannot be 2-down players. Davis was a liability on 3rd Down, and as the season went on he became a liability in the run game. McDaniels wants players that can play 3-downs. That limits the vulnerability that the Broncos defense would face if team go no-huddle - limiting substitution ability.
Being able to play multiple positions and fill several needs is a hallmark of the Patriot Way.