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Ryan Clady’s performance has been called into question by an increasing number of sacks the past three seasons. He has been a source of 24.5 sacks during that stretch. ESPN reports that last year alone, he allowed a team-high nine sacks and was flagged for 12 penalties, mostly for holding. This was also with Tim Tebow under center for a Broncos team that was last in pass attempts in 2011.
Lindsay H. Jones with The Denver Post reports that Clady feels his 2011 season was “solid”, saying: "There were a couple of things here and there that could have been better, but overall it was solid. There is always room for improvement, and that's what I plan on doing this year."
Clady also recently began talks with the Broncos to extend his contract for years to come, which will come at a hefty price tag. However, this might go to the Broncos advantage, as players looking to make a big paycheck often perform better, hoping to secure that increase.
Also, playing in a more “conventional” offense in 2012 will help Clady protect a less mobile, pocket quarterback, such as Manning. But for 2012, the pressure will be on Clady, who is responsible for Manning’s blind side, where one big hit could end his career.