ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – Call Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio the modern-day Marlon Perkins and you wouldn’t be too far off base.
Marlon Perkins was, of course, the host of “Wild Kingdom,” which drew great TV ratings for its video showing wild animals across the globe.
Recently Del Rio has started showing animal attack videos to the team a few days before games. The message is pretty simple: Attack the football. Pounce on that pigskin like a wild animal.
This week’s installment apparently featured a tiger attacking a human.
Ever since Del Rio has been showing the videos, the Broncos have been winning the turnover battle.
“We added in clips of a great play and then got a couple of different animals and they were attacking things and so there you go. That’s all I’m going to give you,” Del Rio told reporters on Thursday.
Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton said the videos provide the defense with a boost.
“When they show the animal and then they show previous plays made during the week, it looks similar to how we attack the ball and how physical we are,” he said in the locker room on Thursday. “And we just want to have that animal instinct — just out there hunting, and being ferocious. That’s what defense is all about.”