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Inkana7
02-20-2009, 04:37 PM
Broncos will be aggressive in free agency
By Mike Klis
The Denver Post

http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site36/2009/0220/20090220__McDaniels%20combine~p1.jpg
Denver Head Coach Josh McDainels gives the "McStare" while biting his "McLip"

INDIANAPOLIS There are indications Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is going to give new head coach Josh McDaniels every chance to succeed.

Cut through the pep talks and pats on the back and there's really only one way an owner can help a coach by opening his pocket book.

Nowhere is money more necessary than in the free-agent market. And come Feb. 27, when free agency begins, the Broncos will be aggressive.

"As aggressive as we need to be," McDaniels said today at his NFL scouting combine press conference. "We're interested in a lot of things. We have areas that we can improve on. We have, like every team does, needs and holes to fills. If there's a player out there that we feel is going to fill that, then we're going to be aggressive and pursue him."

Cash was an issue for the Broncos when they entered the free-agent market last offseason. Even with a sagging economy, there appears to be fewer cash restrictions this year.

"Just the salary cap," McDaniels said. "We're looking to bring in players that can help us. We do have cap room available so we'll see how it goes in the next few weeks."

After slashing nearly $30 million in cap dollars by releasing seven high-profile players last week, the Broncos are nearly $40 million below this season's salary cap figure of $123 million.

Among the team's needs: Up to eight defensive starters, a running back and possibly another receiver and kicker.

As for the defense, McDaniels publicly acknowledged for the first time what had been suspected all along.

"You're going to see some 3-4 from us," McDaniels said. "I'm not going to say we're going to be all 3-4, but it's going to be some combination thereof."

McDaniels also said he and quarterback Jay Cutler have become acquainted to the point their relationship is about the coach wanting to make the quarterback better and the quarterback willing to listen.

For Cutler, getting better means cutting down on mistakes.

"Quarterbacks, that's always the goal," McDaniels said. "Making good decisions. He's certainly made plenty of them. I don't think there's any quarterback that goes through a season that doesn't make some mistakes."

McDaniels also said one of his early challenges as a first-time head coach was deciding was whether to institute yoga into his team's strength and conditioning program. The decision?

"I think it's a no," he said, smiling. "I said no."

http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_11750252

BroncoMan4ever
02-20-2009, 04:41 PM
i agree we will be agressive, been saying it all offseason. the cash cutting was to get player McDaniels and staff want, and to begin extending our own guys.

wolf754life
02-20-2009, 04:42 PM
shanahan was waaaay better at everything, pat bowlen is a punk, we have no chance to be good, whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!~ so sad, so mad, so doubtful.....

Archer81
02-20-2009, 04:43 PM
shanahan was waaaay better at everything, pat bowlen is a punk, we have no chance to be good, whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!~ so sad, so mad, so doubtful.....

You sad, sad, pathetic "man"...


:Broncos:

snowspot66
02-20-2009, 04:44 PM
I wish we would have gone with yes on the yoga. I'm getting pretty sick and tired of all the ****ing hamstring problems we've had lately.

brncs_fan
02-20-2009, 04:48 PM
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p100/johncraig0880/untitled-1.jpg

dbfan4life
02-20-2009, 04:53 PM
I think this trumps any idea that the Broncos were going to be passive and frugal about the team this offseason. I hope they spend every penny they have rebuilding the defense the way it should be. But then again, it's not me footing the bill, so...

HEAV
02-20-2009, 04:57 PM
Aggressive... maybe... cost effective and not over spending yes.

SonOfLe-loLang
02-20-2009, 05:00 PM
He never said they were gonna sign a bunch of dudes. he they would if the fit is good. He was being very evasive, pretty saavy. Notice he didnt say "there are guys out there and we'll be aggressive." He said "if"

Popps
02-20-2009, 05:01 PM
Among the team's needs: Up to eight defensive starters

LOL

Good lord.

DenverBrit
02-20-2009, 05:14 PM
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p100/johncraig0880/untitled-1.jpg

http://webviper.com/players/karl1.jpg

DenverBrit
02-20-2009, 05:18 PM
shanahan was waaaay better at everything, pat bowlen is a punk, we have no chance to be good, whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!~ so sad, so mad, so doubtful.....

:gripe: :griese:

mhgaffney
02-20-2009, 05:24 PM
No doubt, some of you have heard the story about Kareem Abdul Jabbar (formerly Lou Alcinder), who always raved about yoga.

Kareem swore it was the reason for his mostly injury-free career in the NBA.

Maybe -- in time -- our new coach will see the light. Why not use every possible means to help the Bronco players reach their potential?

Why couldn't yoga be one of them?

The beauty of yoga is that it's free. It's not some high tech gadget oriented fad.

It's a proven system -- has been around for thousands of years. Why not make it an option for those who are interested??

Are you listening, coach?

MHG

BroncoMan4ever
02-20-2009, 05:51 PM
I wish we would have gone with yes on the yoga. I'm getting pretty sick and tired of all the ****ing hamstring problems we've had lately.

i agree, if we weren't going to dump our S&C coaches we should have instituted Yoga. Every game it seemed like someone was limping off the field or pulling up lame with a pulled muscle, and as far as i am concerned that falls on the S&C coaches.

2KBack
02-20-2009, 06:02 PM
No doubt, some of you have heard the story about Kareem Abdul Jabbar (formerly Lou Alcinder), who always raved about yoga.

Kareem swore it was the reason for his mostly injury-free career in the NBA.

Maybe -- in time -- our new coach will see the light. Why not use every possible means to help the Bronco players reach their potential?

Why couldn't yoga be one of them?

The beauty of yoga is that it's free. It's not some high tech gadget oriented fad.

It's a proven system -- has been around for thousands of years. Why not make it an option for those who are interested??

Are you listening, coach?

MHG

Denver had yoga this past year if I'm not mistaken...results?

Sassy
02-20-2009, 06:04 PM
Denver had yoga this past year if I'm not mistaken...results?

I wonder if our RB's missed class then ;D

footstepsfrom#27
02-20-2009, 06:08 PM
Being aggessive in the FA market is what put us in this mess in the first place.

wolf754life
02-20-2009, 06:09 PM
Being aggessive in the FA market is what put us in this mess in the first place.

signing bad players is what put shanahan on vacation............

signing good players will be a good start fan boy!

Popcorn Sutton
02-20-2009, 06:12 PM
Being aggessive in the FA market is what put us in this mess in the first place.

The Eternal Pessimist.

Garcia Bronco
02-20-2009, 06:12 PM
I wish we would have gone with yes on the yoga. I'm getting pretty sick and tired of all the ****ing hamstring problems we've had lately.

The stretching would be good. Maybe not the spiritual portion.

footstepsfrom#27
02-20-2009, 06:21 PM
The Eternal Pessimist.
Nope...just stating facts. Shanny tried this and we all know where it landed us. This team needs a scouting department comparable to the Steelers and Pats and a commitment to using homegrown talent. I hate the idea of spending huge money on FA's that rarely live up to their billing.

Call that pessimism if you want, but it's true.

Kaylore
02-20-2009, 06:22 PM
Aggressive means they'll go aggressively after the people they think can work here. It doesn't mean they'll go after every free agent available.

footstepsfrom#27
02-20-2009, 06:25 PM
Aggressive means they'll go aggressively after the people they think can work here. It doesn't mean they'll go after every free agent available.
Sure hope you're right, but wasn't that Shanny's philosophy too? Everybody goes after players they think will work in their system. I'm more interested in what we do in the draft.

TDmvp
02-20-2009, 06:40 PM
http://webviper.com/players/karl1.jpg

Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!

DenverBrit
02-20-2009, 06:46 PM
Sure hope you're right, but wasn't that Shanny's philosophy too? Everybody goes after players they think will work in their system. I'm more interested in what we do in the draft.

One thing is different. The DC.

Nolan hopefully will bring his 'A' game....unlike Ray Rhodes....Bates....and god help us, Slo-wick.

socalorado
02-20-2009, 06:57 PM
http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site36/2009/0220/20090220__McDaniels%20combine~p1.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/8/8520469_4a039ed1bd.jpg?v=0http://l.yimg.com/g/images/spaceball.gif

BroncoMan4ever
02-20-2009, 07:33 PM
well these pictures of the face McDaniels is making has given me an idea.

We need to pick a nickname for our new HC.

I will start with my thoughts.
McD
McNuggets
Big Mac

BroncoMan4ever
02-20-2009, 07:39 PM
I wonder if our RB's missed class then ;D

and our LB's and Champ as well.

BroncoDoug
02-20-2009, 07:43 PM
Well I'm glad he is finally saying "We" instead of "they" when talking about the Broncos.

wolf754life
02-20-2009, 07:44 PM
yeah, i'm glad he is winning your trust, must be tough seeing how great the shanahan era was..........

i'm glad your watching every word he says like a hawk....
too bad your weren't watching shanahan that close........fan boy

theAPAOps5
02-20-2009, 07:46 PM
Among the team's needs: Up to eight defensive starters

LOL

Good lord.

I know that should read 9

Inkana7
02-20-2009, 07:55 PM
I know that should read 9

Nah, Marcus Thomas is a player.

peacepipe
02-20-2009, 08:00 PM
What's the over/under on how many games into the season Wolf say McDaniels needs to be fired?

wolf754life
02-20-2009, 08:01 PM
mcdaniels gets 2 years before anyone should say a damn thing bad about him.

shanaduntz left the cupboard so bare even lombardi would have a tough time getting these no talent bums to play hard on defense.

theAPAOps5
02-20-2009, 08:05 PM
mcdaniels gets 2 years before anyone should say a damn thing bad about him.

shanaduntz left the cupboard so bare even lombardi would have a tough time getting these no talent bums to play hard on defense.

Actually with what he was given on that defense I am giving him 3 years.

wolf754life
02-20-2009, 08:07 PM
you have to want to tackle, you have to want to inflict punishment on the ball carrier, you have to want to win..................

we haven't had that fire in years......................

stoke the ashes.............rise again!

theAPAOps5
02-20-2009, 08:09 PM
Thats why I like what McD has said so far. I also like the Nolan hiring as he likes aggressive and smart players. Its why Winborn was out of here the minute it was possible.

BroncoMan4ever
02-20-2009, 08:21 PM
i will give McDaniels 3 seasons before i begin to question him. i figure with our defense he deserves a little time to make a difference, and 3 years seems a fair amount of time for him to have this ship in the right direction.

however that doesn't mean i don't want immediate improvement. 3 years is the most time i will give him before i begin to think we might need to move on, but i would like to see us improved this upcoming season.

i am not really obsessed over the win's and losses, because if we go 6-10 next season but we are playing good football, i will take that as a good season and a good building block for the team to improve upon.

montrose
02-20-2009, 10:11 PM
My goal would be to have a projected starter at every position heading into the draft. It would be great for depth and allow us to really draft the best player available opposed to filling a specific whole which has a nasty tendency to lead to busts. Realistically, we can do it:

DE: Sign either Canty, Wright, Olshansky or Mosley
NT: Sign either Jackson or Fields
FS: Sign either Sanders, Hall or Brown
SS: Sign either Phillips, Jones or Bell
CB: Sign either McAlister, Bartell or Goodman

With those five signings, we would at least head into the draft with a possible starter at each position:

DE: Canty/Wright/Olshansky/Mosley
NT: Jackson/Fields
DE/UT: Thomas
WOLB/DE: Dumervil
WILB/WLB: Williams
SILB/MLB: Larsen
SOLB/SLB: B.Bailey
CB: C.Bailey
CB: McAlister/Bartell/Goodman
FS: Sanders/Hall/Brown
SS: Phillips/Jones/Bell

We could then sit at the #12 spot and pick the best overall player who could come in and help in the front 7, be it a DE like Jackson, SILB/MLB like Maualuga, SOLB/SLB like Cushing, or WOLB/DE like Orakpo, Brown or Maybin.

BroncoMan4ever
02-20-2009, 10:17 PM
My goal would be to have a projected starter at every position heading into the draft. It would be great for depth and allow us to really draft the best player available opposed to filling a specific whole which has a nasty tendency to lead to busts. Realistically, we can do it:

DE: Sign either Canty, Wright, Olshansky or Mosley
NT: Sign either Jackson or Fields
FS: Sign either Sanders, Hall or Brown
SS: Sign either Phillips, Jones or Bell
CB: Sign either McAlister, Bartell or Goodman

With those five signings, we would at least head into the draft with a possible starter at each position:

DE: Canty/Wright/Olshansky/Mosley
NT: Jackson/Fields
DE/UT: Thomas
WOLB/DE: Dumervil
WILB/WLB: Williams
SILB/MLB: Larsen
SOLB/SLB: B.Bailey
CB: C.Bailey
CB: McAlister/Bartell/Goodman
FS: Sanders/Hall/Brown
SS: Phillips/Jones/Bell

We could then sit at the #12 spot and pick the best overall player who could come in and help in the front 7, be it a DE like Jackson, SILB/MLB like Maualuga, SOLB/SLB like Cushing, or WOLB/DE like Orakpo, Brown or Maybin.

i would be very happy with that offseason, and if that offseason happened i am tossing my hat into the we need to draft Cushing in the 1st. i will freak out if Boss is starting at SOLB next season.

baja
02-20-2009, 10:55 PM
No doubt, some of you have heard the story about Kareem Abdul Jabbar (formerly Lou Alcinder), who always raved about yoga.

Kareem swore it was the reason for his mostly injury-free career in the NBA.

Maybe -- in time -- our new coach will see the light. Why not use every possible means to help the Bronco players reach their potential?

Why couldn't yoga be one of them?

The beauty of yoga is that it's free. It's not some high tech gadget oriented fad.

It's a proven system -- has been around for thousands of years. Why not make it an option for those who are interested??

Are you listening, coach?

MHG

Word!

Yoga is a great idea for the Broncos sorry to hear McDaniels marginalizing it.

baja
02-20-2009, 10:57 PM
The stretching would be good. Maybe not the spiritual portion.

Just eat a cow that will get them back to the killer instinct

yerner
02-21-2009, 12:15 AM
i'm just hoping we get a running back. take the offense to the elite level.

Bronco Yoda
02-21-2009, 12:45 AM
Among the team's needs: Up to eight defensive starters

LOL

Good lord.

ONLY eight?

ShutDownPoster
02-21-2009, 02:41 AM
http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site36/2009/0220/20090220__McDaniels%20combine~p1.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/8/8520469_4a039ed1bd.jpg?v=0http://l.yimg.com/g/images/spaceball.gif

I wonder how long before Pat rips his eyeballs out and skull***** him?

ShutDownPoster
02-21-2009, 02:54 AM
I was wondering for a while who he looks like and it kept bugging me and I finally got it...

http://images.quickblogcast.com/7/2/5/8/5/168435-158527/JOSH_MCDANIELS1_t365.jpg

Separated At Birth??

http://thebeastieboysfans.com/files/2008/12/the-beastie-boys-pho.jpg

DenverBrit
02-21-2009, 05:15 AM
Word!

Yoga is a great idea for the Broncos sorry to hear McDaniels marginalizing it.

I was surprised by his comments.

As athletes, they should understand Yoga's benefits.....flexibility and core strength..... and include it in their personal regimes.
The number of groin injuries last season point to a need for better flexibility.

montrose
02-21-2009, 06:31 AM
i would be very happy with that offseason, and if that offseason happened i am tossing my hat into the we need to draft Cushing in the 1st. i will freak out if Boss is starting at SOLB next season.

I would be if we didn't have an amicable backup plan to the inevitable Boss-injury. Boss is actually a good fit at the position for the hybrid 3-4/4-3 Nolan will run this year, with that - we all know you can't count on the guy to stay healthy. That's why I really like Cushing because he has the flexibility to play both SOLB or SILB. I'm down with Maualuga too, but he's a true SILB and would make finding an SOLB a need through either the draft or free agency. Cushing would provide depth at both spots, not to mention we still have Larsen.

Too bad we can't land both USC LBers, the more I watch them the more I love them both.

elsid13
02-21-2009, 07:02 AM
What's the over/under on how many games into the season Wolf say McDaniels needs to be fired?

4th preseason game. And that point he will entitle the coach Mckiddingme and GM Xandbust

broncofan2438
02-21-2009, 08:59 AM
With $30Mil, how aggressive can we be?

400HZ
02-21-2009, 09:08 AM
With $30Mil, how aggressive can we be?

You could have signed Namndi Asomogha for 2 years.

theAPAOps5
02-21-2009, 09:48 AM
You could have signed Namndi Asomogha for 2 years.

LOL and then we would have 4 starter worthy defenders. Unfortunately Denver must find a balance btw quantity and quality that will be an interesting FA strategy to watch.

400HZ
02-21-2009, 09:59 AM
LOL and then we would have 4 starter worthy defenders. Unfortunately Denver must find a balance btw quantity and quality that will be an interesting FA strategy to watch.

Those decent players who will sign for decent money are always the hardest to find. Most guys who are in unrestricted free agency are there because there is either a flaw in their game or they think they are worth too much money. I'd stay away from the Chris Canty's and Igor Olshansky's if I was you guys. Their agents are going to leverage 4 or 5 years as marginal starters into mega bucks.

theAPAOps5
02-21-2009, 10:41 AM
I agree its not going to be fixed through FA. But the draft will only solve part of the problem. So they have to spend some in FA.

mattob14
02-21-2009, 11:28 AM
I would be if we didn't have an amicable backup plan to the inevitable Boss-injury. Boss is actually a good fit at the position for the hybrid 3-4/4-3 Nolan will run this year, with that - we all know you can't count on the guy to stay healthy. That's why I really like Cushing because he has the flexibility to play both SOLB or SILB. I'm down with Maualuga too, but he's a true SILB and would make finding an SOLB a need through either the draft or free agency. Cushing would provide depth at both spots, not to mention we still have Larsen.

Too bad we can't land both USC LBers, the more I watch them the more I love them both.

Let's hit the trifecta and grab Matthews too. He'd bring some pass-rushing ability to the table.

BroncoMan4ever
02-21-2009, 12:41 PM
I would be if we didn't have an amicable backup plan to the inevitable Boss-injury. Boss is actually a good fit at the position for the hybrid 3-4/4-3 Nolan will run this year, with that - we all know you can't count on the guy to stay healthy. That's why I really like Cushing because he has the flexibility to play both SOLB or SILB. I'm down with Maualuga too, but he's a true SILB and would make finding an SOLB a need through either the draft or free agency. Cushing would provide depth at both spots, not to mention we still have Larsen.

Too bad we can't land both USC LBers, the more I watch them the more I love them both.

Boss could do it no doubt, he played best this past season when we were using the 3-4 allignment, but like you said, his inevitable injury just ruins any hope of me wanting him anywhere near the starting defense.

plus, has anyone even heard how he is recovering from microfracture surgery? no one has come out and said he is doing well or the surgery was a success, not even his brother has said anything about his surgery. we might all be talking about Boss, and he might never be able to return to the playing field.

BroncoMan4ever
02-21-2009, 12:44 PM
With $30Mil, how aggressive can we be?

technically i think we have to give out another 20 million this offseason. i think we have to have a minimum of 110million of the cap used and we only have around 90million against the cap for next season.

chickennob2
02-21-2009, 02:09 PM
Only 8 starting spots on defense? Let's see, DJ, Champ, and who else? Boss is dubious. Marcus Thomas may not transition well to a 3-4. I think we are looking at up to 9 starting spots.

Elway777
02-21-2009, 03:04 PM
the article said that we are about 40 million under this years cap. If the cap goes up about 7 million then that would leave the Bronco about 47 million to play around with.

eddie mac
02-21-2009, 03:24 PM
the article said that we are about 40 million under this years cap. If the cap goes up about 7 million then that would leave the Bronco about 47 million to play around with.

That already includes the cap increase to $123m