People better wake up and stop hitting the snooze button on the Denver Broncos. It is as if there is a foot stuck in mouth syndrome contest when it comes to Josh McDaniels.
When is the last time we seen a genius get this much flack over his moves to galvenize the players in his locker room while attempting to push the envelope both offensively as well as defensively?
McDaniels is attempting to take the Gospel of Bill Belichick and make heaven on earth for the fan base of the Denver Broncos
I see this fan base treating Josh like Israel treated Moses after he took them from oppression to glory, simply because of what it takes to get there. Glory the likes as such even the queen of Sheba (Egypt) had to declare that not even the half of it was told her in regards to how the reputation measured with the actual article that was Solomon’s riches and majestic temple.
McDaniels father was a football coach, so just like the Spartan children of old being raised to be warriors, McDaniels was raised to be an NFL head coach.
His mentor Bill Belichick just so happens to be the preeminent defensive mind in football. Just as Rome was not built in a day, so too can a team take more than one season to build, but McDaniels has the Broncos on the fast track.
Remember the ‘Orange Crush’? Well it was one of the first 3-4 defenses. Nearly half the teams in the league have switched to the 3-4 now. While the 4-3 is a great defense against the rush, with the pass happy offenses of the modern era, the 3-4 has been found to be more effective against the pass.
When you consider how the 4-3 was not effective against the run any way, the switch for McDaniels was a no-brainer; especially coming from a Patriots team that ran the 3-4.
While the rushing defense did not improve much during the transition, the scoring defense was night and day from what it was the season before.
The scoring defense was twice as good during the switch to the 3-4 while under the rookie head coach. Broncos 2007 scoring defense ranked 28th, 2008 they ranked 30th, last season however the scoring defense managed to rank 12th in the league.
Last seasons defensive terminology will only be enhanced, it won't be changed as a result of changing defensive coordinators.
McDaniels Promoted linebackers coach Don 'Wink' Martindale to replace defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, who left for Miami. 'Wink' becomes the fifth defensive coordinator in as many years.
Make no mistake about it, this is McDaniels 3-4 defense.
Even though the 'wiz kid' McDaniels spent most of his career on the offensive side of the ball, make no mistake about it McDaniels is going to prove that he is going to push the envelope as far as coaching prowess goes in this league.
Unfortunately his genius has been so far dismissed by the so-called experts, not to mention some fans who have bought into the so called experts opinions on the matter as if the media types even have a clue as to what McDaniels is doing with his cutting edge modern style.
I touched on this topic in an article Josh McDaniels: A Defensive Minded Head Coach?
OMG it just dawned on me I am a huge McDaniels fan~!!
I am in awe of just how spectacular of a display his juggling act of 20 selections in the 2010 draft was to come up with 10 players and steal after steal after steal after steal after steal after steal after steal!
Three of the rookies are pretty much a lock to start. Two more of the rookies could fight their way into the starting lineup this season as well.
Its criminal when you stop and think about what just happened in the 2010 draft.
It was as if McDaniels was leaning on the Patriots scouts as well as Broncos when calibrating on the moves he made. Seeing a few of those moves done with the Patriots, well it was as if both teams where in the same war room.
Name me one team that added more tremendous depth to its roster in this draft in regards to the offensive line, quarterback position and the receiving corp than the Broncos have?
In an era of the NFL being a passing league, McDaniels has made a huge statement in regards to knowing just what time it is this offseason, more than any other coach in the league IMO~!!
McDaniels even got his new defensive coordinator excited while shouting to this players…
"Yeah, who's the man, now? You like that beef up front?"
What is "Wink" talking about?
Try nearly 1000 pounds in the form of Jamal Williams, Justin Bannan and Patriots own Jarvis Green making up what could wind up being the Broncos new starting defensive line~!!
If I had a nickel for every time I have ever heard Tom Coughlin say games are won and lost in the trenches...
After the Giants defensive line all but won the Super Bowl, I couldn't help but notice the frenzy teams where in the following season in regards to stacking their trenches in the first round.
Having set his course to tackle his rushing defense woes through the free agency, McDaniels set his sights through the draft to tackle the issues his interior line possessed in regards to being a true power offensive line rather than the zone/cut-blocking line the Broncos where infamous for.
McDaniels may have drafted the meanest interior lineman in the draft. I covered them in this article,
Which Player Gives The Denver Broncos The Best Value From The 2010 Draft but figured I would touch on a few here for the rest of the 31 fanbases who may not be familiar with who had the best draft in 2010.
6-foot-4 306 pound Eric Olsen is an intelligent player who is familiar with the system McDaniels plays, having played in Charlie Weis’ offense at Notre Dame.
Charlie Weis called Olsen the line's "heart and soul."
Olsen has a reputation for possessing a nasty mean streak and he is highly underrated at both guard and center positions.
During his junior and senior years combined, he only allowed four quarterback sacks. That is one sack in 450 pass attempts!
He has a phenomenal combine numbers, and to show how stacked this team is with depth Olsen is a dark horse to make the team.
J.D. Walton was one of, if not the best, centers in college last season.
The Broncos 2010 third round pick, J.D. Walton, the 6'3 305 pound center from Baylor, has been taking first team reps in minicamp in his attempt to replace 6'2 285 pound 36 year old veteran center Casey Weigmann.
"[J.D. Walton is] kind of a nasty guy, not personally, but on the football field, which is kind of a good attitude to have for an interior lineman," McDaniels said.
"We're mean guys, so you've just got to take pride in that and just have fun with it," Walton said.
Despite losing some veterans, McDaniels has managed to keep the competitive edge to the grindstone with this offensive line, especially the interior who may be more mobile than the lighter veterans they replaced from the look of their combine numbers.
The Broncos managed to land another beast of a man in one Zane Beadles, a vocal leader from Utah with the second round selection.
The left guard spot will likely be manned by Denver's third pick of the 2010 draft. The 6-4, 310 offensive tackle, who started at left tackle in his last three years after moving from the guard position, Beadles has recently been seen taking reps with the first team at left guard.
Beadles is regarded as one of the elite offensive tackles in college football. His experience at tackle ought to give the Broncos more depth at the line, and that’s a bonus with the rookie especially with both tackles recovering from injuries.
Beadles had been working at right tackle before Ryan Harris came back on a limited basis at right tackle during mini camp.
Beadles has a knack for clearing throwing lanes for the quarterback by his ability to manhandle defenders. The man is a beast, and McDaniels has not ruled out any notion of playing him at tackle.
"He's shown the ability to handle and process the different information on both sides, one time inside, one time outside," McDaniels said. "At some point we'll make a determination of where he has to stay in training camp."
Poor McDaniels has so much talent that he is having a rough time determining where to fit it all in the big picture. How many coaches would love to have McDaniels problems in this league?
Broncos ought to be much more potent, than it was before losing the best tackle tandem in the league when right tackle Ryan Harris was injured in game seven after the Broncos to everyone’s surprise started out going 6-0 last season.
Since this is actually a topic about tandem wide receivers, maybe we ought to get back to that.
Kyle Orton is the Matt Castle of the Denver Broncos while waiting for the rookie Tim Tebow to emerge as the Broncos franchise player.
Eric Decker, how in the hell this receiver did not make my The 2010 NFL WR Sleepers list is beyond me. Talk about a huge blind spot on the radar.
Denver Broncos third round pick, Eric Decker is Minnesota's all-time leader in receptions.
"I think he's the best wide receiver in college football, period," said Tim Brewster, Minnesota head coach.
Decker's college career came to a premature end with a Lisfranc foot injury last season. This allowed him to be a steal in this year’s draft.
Decker only dropped three balls his whole college career. One can't help but wonder if Decker could wind up being the next Eddie McCaffrey.
“I enjoy (film study) a lot,” Decker said. “I think over the last couple years I’ve had a great relationship with my quarterback. So I went into a lot of meetings with him and our offensive coordinator.
"I got to understand the philosophy of our offense and understand how to read coverage’s and how to make adjustments when you see certain things. I really enjoy it because it gives you an advantage.”
Decker, having played Division I, shared his views with how his skill set in baseball translates over to football.
“The biggest thing for me was the mental aspect."
“A lot of it is understanding how to control your emotions and being consistent with that. And also I think the physical attributes, the hand-eye coordination at the plate, centerfield, tracking the ball over the shoulder and tracking the ball in the gaps.”
“I wake up and I love football,” Decker told Buffalobills.com. “I’m fortunate to say that when I wake up I love what I do, and that’s play football, preparing for football. I’ll get my opportunity this fall and I’m excited about it.”
I see why the coach say's his receiver was the best receiver in college, I mean here it is summer time when some players are vacationing with their family taking it easy while waiting for the rigors of the dreaded training camp to start.
Yet Decker is hard at work while being trained by Cris Carter "the best hands in football history” according to NFL networks analyst Jammie Duke. In between mini camp and training camp Decker could be found at Larry Fitzgerald's passing camp.
Decker is far removed from his foot injury, why he could be seen running routes, catching passes and going through the drills that took Sidney Rices’ game to the pro bowl last season. Rice gives credit of his breakout season to the passing camp.
Asked if he's healthy, Decker said, "Yeah. It's still a day-to-day thing and the training staff is helping me to move along and progress at a very good rate. I feel comfortable every day so that's the best I can say."
"Oh yeah. I didn't get a chance to practice in OTAs and minicamp," he said. "I'm a little nervous and I'm anxious because I'm back to football, I'm back playing, I'm done in the training room and that's exciting to me."
With Brandon Marshall gone, there is a lot of expectations for the Broncos No. 1 pick in the draft to step up to being the No. 1 receiver, especially considering how bad of a performance Eddie Royal put on last season in his sophomore slump.
"I hope we have a lot of guys that become our No. 1 receiver at different times," McDaniels said. "We're not looking for it to be predictable or throw it to only one or two players."
Demaryius Thomas, the 6-foot-3 229 pound WR, has a strong stiff arm that makes him hard for a cornerback to bring him down. The unique combination of size, body control, and speed has scouts hopeful of Thomas being able to make a smooth transition to the NFL.
Thomas broke the school and ACC record, and his 25.1 yards per reception was second in the nation, he had posted career highs in 46 receptions, for 1,154 yards, and eight touchdowns.
"He's [Thomas] doing great," said McDaniels. "In terms of trying to get better at the things that he has struggled with or made an error with - he has really worked hard to try to fix those.
"He's had a great attitude and approach." Said McDaniels
"I think that comes with playing and knocking off some of the rust and you know, it's only his fourth or fifth practice where he's been out there against NFL caliber defensive backs. Like I said, he'll only get better every day and today was better than yesterday."
Eddie Royal has a strong hold on both the punt and kick return jobs
Eddie Royal has been spending the bulk of his offseason time working out. He too looks to be taking a "Wes Welker" type role in the slot.
I expect Eddie Royal to have a break out season. He put on a sophomore slump clinic last season. This after lighting up my fantasy team the year before. He along with rookies Chris Johnson and Desean Jackson, they helped me overcome losing Tom Brady that year.
Eddie Royal did not have one passing touchdown to speak of.
Josh McDaniels' highly complex scheme, a scheme that has kept Tim Tebow out of the hunt for the starting role, looks to have played a huge role in Royal’s disappearance last season.
However, McDaniels expects Eddie Royal to bounce back this season.
“I don’t know, it’s tough to say,” Royal said about his quiet 2009 season. “It was everybody’s first year in the offense everybody was adjusting.”
"I think he's a smart player, a versatile player (and) a guy that we need to do better with," McDaniels said. "We didn't do a good enough job of getting Eddie involved in the offense in certain games and we have to do a better job of that. He is certainly capable."
“I think a lot of the guys are understanding the system and terminology, they have less questions than they had a year ago,” McDaniels said.
"There are a few players, obviously, the productivity maybe the year before they did not match it again last year. We are not happy about that either. Eddie Royal is kind of the same way, we want those players to continue to work and try to get better at what they do and then we need to try to find a way to integrate them in because they are all skillful players who do good things with the football in their hands." McDaniels said.
“We don’t think about pressure,” Royal said. “Our focus on the offense is everybody do their job and we’ll be OK.”
Orton said, "I just think a lot of it was I was new to him, he was new to me and we just kind of ... we missed some plays." Orton predicted Royal was "going to have a great year this year."
Speaking of Kyle Orton the man has the starting role locked down headed into training camp. Despite the debacle that was the second half of the season on the offensive line, Orton even after getting an ankle injury as a result, still managed to be a warrior and play hurt while jacking his standing as the 14th best quarterback in the league last season.
Now with a solid season under his belt with McDaniels new scheme, some added beef to go with having the best tackle tandem in the league return, jumping into the top ten ought not be a problem whatsoever if he can stay healthy.
"He is our starter. There is no question," Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said
"I think he deserves that right to come in as the starter," Broncos wide receiver Brandon Stokley said Tuesday after participating in the team's offseason training program at Dove Valley. "Anything can happen. But he deserves that. He played well enough last year and did enough good things to come into all the OTAs and camp as a starter."
With Tebow making the national headlines on the first day of the draft, and Brady Quinn brought in McDaniels did not hesitate to reassured his starter, that the job was his job to loose.
"I talked to him right then, and I told him this is a competitive thing as far as adding competition to any spot on our football team that we could," McDaniels said.
"This had nothing negative to do with Kyle Orton. We are just trying to improve the competition at every spot," McDaniels added. "To me, our conversation was quick, and to me, he embraced the concept of competing with another player. I don't think any player would shy away from that. Certainly, I think that our quarterback room is young and competitive, and I think that is a good thing for our football team."
"I told him the same thing we tell every player, which is, 'You've got to create your own role. What you do on the field, what you do with your opportunities, that's what's going to tell us what we need to know and then your role will be created from there,'" McDaniels said.
"We are looking forward to his improvement and his progress. He is going to know the offense so much better this time around than he did last year. That's going to give us more flexibility. It's going to give him more comfort," McDaniels said.
McDaniels managed to score by being able to bring in a back up quarterback who knows his system. Not to mention a backup who has the potential to actually break out in the right system.
If McDaniels knows anything, it is how to make a top ten quarterback out of one who ranked 25th last season, Matt Cassel is living proof of that.
"In talking to him a few times, he certainly knows the base of our offense. The terminology is, I would say, very close, not exactly the same," McDaniels said. "Our offense has evolved since Charlie left in 2004. Charlie's offense, I'm sure, evolved in a different way. We weren't together. Not that it veered off path significantly, but I think the basis of the terminology, he probably knows 85 percent of the terms and the words we use and the routes and all those different kinds of things.
"I don't think it's going to feel like a fish out of water. ... Again, I think that's why it's a good fit for us, because I think that gives him an opportunity to really go in there and compete and see what he can do. I think that will make our entire quarterback room better."
I believe McDaniels is going to prove that what happened last season during the rookie coaches 6-0 debut was anything but a fluke.
"There's a lot of leaders out there. But, unfortunately, there aren't a lot of good ones," Tebow once said
Contrary to what seems to be popular belief, Josh McDaniels is a good one, he did manage to outscore his opponents in an 8-8 season, despite the injury bug and transition his offense were experiencing~!!
Eddie Royal 9.3 Yard Average 345 Receiving Yards 0 Touchdowns.
Demaryius Thomas 25.1 Yard Average Georgia Tech
The caveat in the dismissel of the Broncos emmerges from the mainstream media who have been dooped by the radical maneuvers Josh McDaniels has managed to pull. I also touched on this in regards to time tebow in this article.
Denver Broncos: Tim Tebow, Whose Professional Opinion Can We Trust?
How ESPN can get off ranking the Broncos 3rd in the league with their power ranking is beyond me.