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» In blocking, Ryan Clady ready to zone out

Jan 26, 2015 - 11:06 PM - by Denver Native (Carol)
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Last week, Ryan Clady's past became his present -- and his future.

As the linchpin left tackle headed to Arizona to start in the 2015 Pro Bowl following his fifth selection to the NFL's all-star game in his seven-year career, Gary Kubiak took the Broncos' reins as their 15th head coach. His arrival augurs a return to the zone-blocking scheme that defined Denver's offense for a generation, up to Clady's rookie season of 2008.

"That's what (former head coach Mike) Shanahan drafted me to do, and I'm good at it," Clady said. "So I'm definitely down for the zone scheme."

Before that, Clady spent Pro Bowl week practicing and playing for Team Carter, which was coached by the Baltimore Ravens' staff. That included quarterbacks coach Rick Dennison, Clady's first position coach in the NFL with the Broncos in 2008 and 2009, who followed Kubiak to Baltimore last year and returned to the Broncos Monday.

"He definitely helped me learn the game of football better," Clady said of Dennison. "Just learning the game and cutting out a lot of mental mistakes. That's one thing he got on me a lot about, is just mental mistakes. I had that ability; I just had to put it on the field.

"He's a great offensive line coach … He definitely got my technique right and my footwork and stuff like that."
rest - http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-an...7-fc2649b6ed17
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» ESPN/PFF - Broncos two players away from a Super Bowl

Jan 26, 2015 - 4:10 PM - by VonDoom
I know PFF isn't the end all, be all around here, but a lot of teams are relying on their stats. This is an interesting article on each team and how "close" they are to being Super Bowl contenders. The actual reasoning isn't that thrilling to me, but there is some good in depth stuff in the body of the article, so I thought it was worth a read:

DE Malik Jackson: As was the case in 2013, Jackson proved to be one of the Broncos' most efficient players. He played just 53 percent of the team's defensive snaps during the regular season yet was third in tackles for loss (eight), second in QB hits (20) and ninth in tackles (42) -- which led all of the team's defensive linemen. The Broncos kept him a rotational player because that was defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio's way -- none of the defensive linemen played more than 69 percent of snaps in 2014. We'll see if that changes with a new coaching staff in town.
G Orlando Franklin: The Broncos moved Franklin from right tackle to left guard this season in hopes he would improve Peyton Manning's protection up the middle. Even though he committed a team-high 10 penalties, Franklin allowed just one sack, per PFF, and helped propel the Broncos run game. Denver averaged 5.4 yards per carry on run plays over his left guard spot in the final six games of 2014. Several personnel executives said in recent weeks that Franklin was playing near an All-Pro level over the season's final month. He'll draw plenty of interest as a guard in free
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» How Bad Was the Broncos Defense in 2014?

Jan 26, 2015 - 2:31 AM - by Ziggy
Forget the fluff stats like yardage. The Broncos defense was horrible in 2014. They were 16th in points allowed despite playing a bevy of bad offensive teams. The Broncos only played a total of 5 teams during the regular season that ranked in the top 15 in offense. Only one of those teams was a top 5 offense. Here are the results of those games.

Indianapolis (6th)- 24 points allowed
Seattle (10th)- 26 points allowed
New England (4th)- 43 points allowed
Miami (11th)- 36 points allowed
Cincinnati (15th)- 37 points allowed

That's an average of 33.2 points/game allowed. Pitiful. Personnel-wise, this was one of the most talented defenses the Broncos have ever fielded. 3 pro bowlers in the secondary, 2 elite pass rushers, and a pro bowl caliber nose tackle. This season was a coaching abortion. Von Miller in coverage during passing downs half the game, Talib playing 10-15 yards off of his man, etc. etc. I thank JDR for his service, but I can't wait to see what an aggressive defensive coordinator does with this talent.

Give me a guy, any guy that can use players in the role that they are most effective in and this is a top 5 defense in both yardage and points allowed. Watch what Von Miller can do when he's actually rushing the passer on passing downs. Watch TJ Ward blowing people up like he did in Cleveland and return to being the intimidator that the Broncos signed him to be. Watch Talib neutralizing receivers when he's allowed to play physical with them at the line of scrimmage. It's going to be fun boys and girls. Whoever they hire, you can bet on one thing. It will be a coach that can get the most out of his players, and adapt their scheme to fit their strengths. It's already done on the offensive side of the ball. Elway will hire a defensive coordinator that can get it done on the defensive side as well.
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» Y a w n

Jan 25, 2015 - 4:37 PM - by OrangeHoof
Offseason sucks.

And don't get me started on the Pro Bowl...
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» Ziggy's Pre-Combine Mock Draft

Jan 25, 2015 - 3:43 AM - by Ziggy
Here's my way too early mock draft-


MLB Denzel Perryman- 5-10 1/2 242
Perryman is one of the most vicious hitters in the draft. He brings a nasty disposition and is a team leader on and off of the field. The 2014 team captain would bring something that the Broncos haven't had at the linebacker position since Al Wilson retired. A MLB that plays the game with violence. His height will drop him down in the draft, but he's a very instinctual inside linebacker with a nose for the ball. He's decent in coverage for his size. What he lacks in speed, he makes up for with instincts and field awareness.


C- Hroniss Grasu- 6'3 298
Grassu is my favorite center in the draft. He's a plug and play guy in the ZBS for the next decade. Now that we have the blocking scheme in place, it's time to start re-building that offensive line. Grasu does well at getting to the 2nd level. The 2014 all American was also a Remington trophy finalist the last 2 years.


T Daryl Williams- 6'5 334
Williams had an up and down senior bowl. He's not a polished product, but he has great size, long arms, and surprisingly quick feet for his size. Williams played right and left tackle in college, but I think his future in the NFL is at RT.


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» Sources: Julius Thomas On His Way Out

Jan 24, 2015 - 6:31 PM - by Denver Native (Carol)
While at the Senior Bowl, Mile High Huddle heard that tight end Julius Thomas has priced himself out of the Denver Broncos free agent plans and that they have resigned themselves to that fact. They now are focused on finding his potential replacement.

It is rather unsurprising that Thomas has priced himself out of the Broncos plans. With 24 touchdowns over the last two seasons, it makes a lot of sense that he would warrant a high price. However, Thomas’ game is one-dimensional, due to his inability to block. With the team's coaching change, and the subsequent arrival of Gary Kubiak, Thomas’ blocking deficiencies become even more glaring.

In Kubiak's offense, the tight ends have to be proficient blockers, as well as capable receivers. Owen Daniels and Joel Dreessen are perfect examples.
rest - http://den.scout.com/story/1505569-s...on-his-way-out

Guess we will find out if this person really knows what he is talking about
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» JJ Watt signs off on Broncos' hiring of Bill Kollar for D-line

Jan 24, 2015 - 3:14 PM - by Denver Native (Carol)
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — For a guy who played quarterback in college, Jay Rodgers did a nice job as the Broncos' defensive line coach the past three seasons.

Bill Kollar, 62, is a defensive line coach who played defensive line. A former first-round draft pick, and an NFL coach for 25 consecutive years, Kollar is the Broncos' new defensive line coach.

It's the second time new Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak has hired Kollar. He first hired him in 2009 for the Houston Texans, where Kollar stayed through this season.

"He's always going to shoot you straight," Texans star J.J. Watt, the NFL's best defensive lineman, said after his Pro Bowl team's practice Friday at Scottsdale Community College. "He's going to coach you hard and tell you like it is. Kubiak, Kollar, everybody, yeah, you guys (in Denver) have got a great staff."
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» Peyton Manning in latest 'Bad Lip Reading of the NFL'

Jan 23, 2015 - 7:51 PM - by Denver Native (Carol)
The gang at the popular YouTube channel Bad Lip Reading are at it again, and this time they're taking on the NFL.

Bad Lip Reading takes movies, press conferences, sporting events and adds new voices and words to the people talking on camera.

Their latest video pokes fun at former Vol and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

After less than one day online, the hysterical video has already been viewed more than 8 million times.

You've got to see it for yourself.
video on link - http://www.9news.com/story/news/weir...ding/22209287/
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» Rick Dennison hiring a stroke of genius by Broncos

Jan 23, 2015 - 5:55 PM - by Denver Native (Carol)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — If he talked more, more people might know Rick Dennison is one of the NFL's smartest men.

Then again, the fact Dennison doesn't talk much is just one reason he's so smart.

There are others. His father was the University of Montana's president for 20 years, so smarts is in Dennison's blood. While playing tight end at Colorado State, Dennison, 56, got his master's degree in engineering.

He was smart enough to put all that education aside and pick up the linebacker position for the Broncos from 1982-90.

Which leads to the other adjustment for the Broncos' offensive coaching staff. This one is with their quarterback, Peyton Manning. Even if Manning comes back for his fourth Broncos season as expected, he won't be bringing along the type of mobility preferred in Kubiak's offensive system.

"You know, Matt Schaub didn't either, and he was able to do it," Dennison said about the former Texans quarterback. "There's enough variety in the offense that we'll figure it out. You always want to work to the players' strengths."
rest - interesting
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» Kubiak’s trust, respect leaves positive impact on players

Jan 23, 2015 - 2:24 PM - by Denver Native (Carol)
PHOENIX — When you watch Houston's defensive dynamo J.J. Watt play, you get the sense he doesn't like quarterbacks very much. However, I do know there was at least one he particularly liked: his first head coach, Gary Kubiak, the former Broncos quarterback and Denver’s new head coach.

"Coach Kubiak’s a great man and a very good coach," Watt said. "I really respect him. He’s a guy who I will always be— I mean, he drafted me. So I’m very fortunate for that. But he’s a great man, he’s a great coach and I think he’s going to have success, so I’m happy for him."

Kubiak has garnered praise for his coaching prowess and people skills.

You really needn't look any further for proof than Justin Forsett, Kubiak's Pro Bowl running back from the Ravens this past season. Forsett feels somewhat indebted to Kubiak, who helped bring him to Baltimore from Houston after he played for him there previously.
rest - http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-an...3-97cedb5b17ff
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» Broncos Prospect Meetings- 2015 NFL Draft

Jan 23, 2015 - 3:38 AM - by Ziggy
Here's a list of the draft eligible players that the Broncos have met with so far. I'll try to update the list as I hear or read about names from a credible source.

Detrick Bonner, FS, Virginia Tech (EW)
Jamon Brown, OT, Louisville (EW)
Sam Carter, S, TCU (EW)
James Castleman, DT, Oklahoma State (EW)
David Cobb, RB, Minnesota (SR)
Max Garcia, C/OT/G, Florida (SR)
Markus Golden, DE/3-4OLB, Missouri (SR)
Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State (SR)
Geneo Grissom, OLB/DE/3-4OLB, Oklahoma (SR)
Bobby McCain, CB, Memphis (EW)
Steven Nelson, CB, Oregon State (SR)
Denzel Perryman, OLB/ILB, Miami (Fla.) (SR)
Eric Rowe, CB/S, Utah (SR)
Adam Shead, G, Oklahoma (EW)
Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State (SR)
Za'Darius Smith, DE/3-4OLB, Kentucky (EW)
Lynden Trail, DE/3-4OLB/OLB, Norfolk State (SR)
Clive Walford, TE, Miami (Fla.) (VINT)
Daryl Williams, OT, Oklahoma (SR)

EW is East-West Shrine Game
SR is Senior Bowl
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» diving anyone?

Jan 22, 2015 - 5:36 PM - by AGap
this is kinda like a party/tailgate. anyone interested in going diving with me down at slicks. split room and board. Beef and I were going to go but he started a new job, I think Davii and Buff had expressed some interest in getting certified. If you don't like me irl, there's always Slick to hang out with and he's a man's man. I'm thinking just a few days. anyway, thought I'd just throw it out there
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» If Peyton Manning returns, Kubiak 'looking forward to learning that style'

Jan 22, 2015 - 2:22 PM - by Denver Native (Carol)
Although the Broncos have their new head coach in place, status quo rules when it comes to their starting quarterback: Peyton Manning has a few weeks to decide whether to return for his 18th NFL season.

"I just think the more time he can get away, he'll be able to come away from a decision with the best decision," Executive Vice President/General Manager John Elway said.

But if Manning opts to return, he'll find a coach willing to modify his tactics to suit the record-breaking quarterback's skill set.

"Look what he continues to do," Gary Kubiak said. "You know, the offense Peyton runs, he's tremendous at it, back there in the gun controlling the game, controlling the line of scrimmage. Nobody has ever done it better and he's the master at it.

"Actually, I'm looking forward to learning that style and that system that he has."
rest, plus video - http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-an...c-0463b6ada030
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» Gase to Bears OC

Jan 21, 2015 - 7:47 PM - by Shazam!
Just reported by Bleacher Report, Adam Gase to be Bears OC.

Can he help Cutler?

Surprised he made a lateral move.
26 Replies | 4,471 Views

» Ravens temporarily keeping couple of assistants to coach Pro Bowl

Jan 21, 2015 - 6:34 PM - by Denver Native (Carol)
The Baltimore Ravens accepted the NFL's invitation to coach in the Pro Bowl because most of the Denver Broncos' staff was being let go. Now, a small chunk of the Ravens' staff is headed to Denver with former offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.

So, how are the Ravens going to coach at the Pro Bowl? John Harbaugh is keeping around a couple of soon-to-be Broncos coaches -- Rick Dennison (quarterbacks) and Brian Pariani (tight ends) -- for another week.

"They've earned this trip out here, so they're part of our family for this week," Harbaugh said.

Dennison will call plays for the offense along with senior offensive assistant Craig Ver Steeg.
rest - http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/po...coach-pro-bowl
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