Lack Of Flexibility Could Be Reason For The Broncos Release Of LB Andra Davis

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.

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