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Bronco Rob
06-05-2009, 04:07 PM
The quiet anchor at left tackle is working on technique and learning McDaniels' new offense.
By Lindsay H. Jones
The Denver Post

Ryan Clady became the reliable rookie on the Broncos' offensive line, allowing just half a sack in 16 starts last season. (Steve Nehf, The Denver Post)Note to any Denver Bronco looking for a nice place to relax: You might want to try the back left corner of the locker room and pull up a chair between Ryan Clady's locker on the left and Kyle Orton's on the right.

It might be the quietest place in the whole building.

"We're both kind of quiet guys, so we don't really say a whole lot to each other," Orton said, laughing.

But Orton, who is competing with Chris Simms for the starting quarterback job, and starting left tackle Clady don't need to have hours-long, heart-to-heart conversations to create a successful partnership on the field.

All Orton needs to see is Clady's giant 6-foot-6, 325-pound body and to read this stunning line from Clady's bio: Last year, as a rookie, he allowed only half a sack in 16 starts. That's all it takes to be a quarterback's best friend.

"He's a great player," Orton said. "It's always a great thing to have that guy at left tackle that can really lock it down."

Denver's offensive line allowed only 12 sacks in 2008, a franchise record and tied for the fewest in the NFL. And because of that performance, the offensive line returns intact for 2009 — the only unit on the team that was virtually untouched in the transition from Mike Shanahan to Josh McDaniels.

"It's not too hard to believe because of how well we played, but it was a pretty crazy offseason, and you kind of realize how much of a business this is," Clady said.

The biggest piece of that group — literally — is Clady, who said he has plenty of room to improve off that rookie season. As the team goes through its voluntary workouts and passing camp, Clady said he is focusing on technique, improving his hand placement and footwork, and adjusting to McDaniels' new offense.

"Trying to make every workout, and working hard at the workouts," Clady said. "I'm just trying to know the offense, and adjusting to the offense."

Clady spent his offseason back home in Rialto, Calif., working out on his own before returning to Denver in March to train with his teammates, even if he remains somewhat of an enigma in the Dove Valley facility.

"He's got a personality, you just don't see it a whole lot. And that's OK, that's great. We have guys that have personalities that I wish they would put in their shell once in a while," McDaniels said. "Ryan's one of those guys that sometimes you get more out of him than you think, and sometimes he's real quiet and to himself. But he's a good kid, he fits in really well with our team and we're happy to have him."


http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_12523751

footstepsfrom#27
06-05-2009, 04:44 PM
Puff piece.

TheReverend
06-05-2009, 04:47 PM
Love Clady. Very hopeful our new QB doesn't cost our line credit by playing poorly.

telluride
06-05-2009, 05:25 PM
Puff piece.

Yikes, #27, can't you just enjoy things a little? What's wrong with a nice little missive from locker room? Lighten up!

BroncoBuff
06-05-2009, 05:34 PM
"It's always a great thing to have that guy at left tackle that can really lock it down."
How does this change for Chris Simms, a lefty?

I guess Clady still goes against the best pass-rusher, and after all Ryan Harris is also a beast.....

footstepsfrom#27
06-05-2009, 05:41 PM
Yikes, #27, can't you just enjoy things a little? What's wrong with a nice little missive from locker room? Lighten up!
Just pointing out that there's no substance to the story...here's what I got from this; Clady is big, good, quiet, and working hard.

I guess I figure if you get paid to write, you should actualy write.

DenverBrit
06-05-2009, 05:45 PM
Relax, it's offseason. ;D

cutthemdown
06-05-2009, 06:10 PM
Love Clady. Very hopeful our new QB doesn't cost our line credit by playing poorly.

I think they give up about 7-10 more sacks, but also improve the run game.

IMO Broncos will better in the redzone because they have more options at RB so that will help a bit IMO.

cutthemdown
06-05-2009, 06:10 PM
I figure Cutler saved the oline with his feet 10-15 times last yr at least.

But Broncos will throw a tad less so Orton should be ok if he can make quick decisions.

BroncoInSkinland
06-05-2009, 06:16 PM
I figure Cutler saved the oline with his feet 10-15 times last yr at least.

But Broncos will throw a tad less so Orton should be ok if he can make quick decisions.

Agreed, but Orton isn't Bledsoe, those 10-15 would probably 10-12 for Orton, more sacks yes, but just because a guy manages the VERY rare feat of beating Clady dosen't mean Orton just falls down. Disclaimer - I am not overly impressed by Orton, just pointing out he IS an NFL player who has started and won a few games.

telluride
06-05-2009, 06:19 PM
Just pointing out that there's no substance to the story...here's what I got from this; Clady is big, good, quiet, and working hard.

I guess I figure if you get paid to write, you should actualy write.

No, you also learned:
1. Orton's locker and Clady's locker are next to each other.
2. They're both very quiet dudes.
3. McD has already identified the extroverts on the team.

That stuff is sort of interesting.

BroncoInSkinland
06-05-2009, 06:25 PM
I have concerns that they may not be communicating enough as a result, QB and LT need to be inside one another heads to perform at top level on the field. They might have something with the whole he is just laid back like me approach though. Limited worth in the article, but there is a little there to think about. I think the writer probably stumbled onto anything significant though, he was trying to write a feel good piece for sure.

bpc
06-05-2009, 06:51 PM
He'll be traded next year.

footstepsfrom#27
06-05-2009, 06:56 PM
No, you also learned:
1. Orton's locker and Clady's locker are next to each other.
2. They're both very quiet dudes.
3. McD has already identified the extroverts on the team.

That stuff is sort of interesting.
:kiddingme Yeah...I'm glad I know where Clady's locker is now...I've been wondering.

BroncoBuff
06-05-2009, 07:02 PM
But Broncos will throw a tad less so <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">Orton</span> SIMMS should be ok if he can make quick decisions.

Fixed. I've seen him quite a lot, you guys are gonna love him, mark my words.

extralife
06-05-2009, 07:07 PM
he's a longhorn, no thanks

extralife
06-05-2009, 07:08 PM
on the plus side, if he starts we won't have to listen to his dad announce any of our games

KipCorrington25
06-05-2009, 07:23 PM
I'm sure we're shopping him as we speak he's too talented.

But we have Lonnie Paxton making 2 mil so we're set!

BroncoMan4ever
06-05-2009, 08:51 PM
Love Clady. Very hopeful our new QB doesn't cost our line credit by playing poorly.

i agree, but what looks worse for the team as a whole. A QB taking a sack instead of forcing a bad pass, or the line looking good while the QB forces a pass that results in a turnover.

i think the line play will be as good or possibly better considering another year of experience, but the numbers might not be as great, because Orton isn't the QB who is going to dodge pass rushers and get the ball out of his hands or throw ill advised passes to avoid a sack. he will take a sack and realize he can get the yards back on the next play.

FireFly
06-05-2009, 08:51 PM
No, you also learned:
1. Orton's locker and Clady's locker are next to each other.
2. They're both very quiet dudes.
3. McD has already identified the extroverts on the team.

That stuff is sort of interesting.

Actually I kind of agree. While not front page news, each of these things are interesting to me as a Broncos fan.

The one piece of the O-line puzzle that still worries me a little is center. I'm just a little concerned how much longer our current starter is going to be able to go, and what we've got behind him.

FireFly
06-05-2009, 08:53 PM
i agree, but what looks worse for the team as a whole. A QB taking a sack instead of forcing a bad pass, or the line looking good while the QB forces a pass that results in a turnover.

i think the line play will be as good or possibly better considering another year of experience, but the numbers might not be as great, because Orton isn't the QB who is going to dodge pass rushers and get the ball out of his hands or throw ill advised passes to avoid a sack. he will take a sack and realize he can get the yards back on the next play.

Like everyone, I'd much rather us take a sack than throw a stupid pass into coverage and possibly turn the ball over. But with that being said, if Orton does start, I think from the sounds of it he's going to suprise some people. I mean, he doesn't exactly have concrete in his shoes (even if he's not as evasive as Cutler was).

TheReverend
06-05-2009, 08:58 PM
I think they give up about 7-10 more sacks, but also improve the run game.

IMO Broncos will better in the redzone because they have more options at RB so that will help a bit IMO.

I think that number will be a higher, and I think the run game improves out of necessity alone. Nothing to be handing out gold stars about.

TheReverend
06-05-2009, 09:00 PM
Agreed, but Orton isn't Bledsoe, those 10-15 would probably 10-12 for Orton, more sacks yes, but just because a guy manages the VERY rare feat of beating Clady dosen't mean Orton just falls down. Disclaimer - I am not overly impressed by Orton, just pointing out he IS an NFL player who has started and won a few games.

There's a lot more to it than that... Ortons probably smart enough to handle the calls and blitz ID, but is he effective rolling out? Will McD even use him that way?

Waggles and boots saved the OL a lot of headache when edge rushers have to play contain first in passing situations... it's why Jake Plummer had a year with very few sacks too...

TheReverend
06-05-2009, 09:02 PM
i agree, but what looks worse for the team as a whole. A QB taking a sack instead of forcing a bad pass, or the line looking good while the QB forces a pass that results in a turnover.

i think the line play will be as good or possibly better considering another year of experience, but the numbers might not be as great, because Orton isn't the QB who is going to dodge pass rushers and get the ball out of his hands or throw ill advised passes to avoid a sack. he will take a sack and realize he can get the yards back on the next play.

I think youve got Kyle Orton built into something entirely diff in your head...

~Crash~
06-05-2009, 09:03 PM
He'll be traded next year.

ROFL! beat me to it ...

outdoor_miner
06-05-2009, 09:32 PM
He'll be traded next year.

You guys were dead on about how McDaniels was going to trade Hillis. Dead on.

BroncoMan4ever
06-05-2009, 09:41 PM
Like everyone, I'd much rather us take a sack than throw a stupid pass into coverage and possibly turn the ball over. But with that being said, if Orton does start, I think from the sounds of it he's going to suprise some people. I mean, he doesn't exactly have concrete in his shoes (even if he's not as evasive as Cutler was).

i agree completely. Orton isn't going to break the pocket and run for 20 yards or anything like Cutler could, but he has the ability to slide and maneuver in the pocket to buy an extra second or 2 to get rid of the ball without forcing a bad pass or decide to take the sack.

maher_tyler
06-05-2009, 10:09 PM
You guys were dead on about how McDaniels was going to trade Hillis. Dead on.

...and Sheffler!!

Dukes
06-05-2009, 11:32 PM
You guys were dead on about how McDaniels was going to trade Hillis. Dead on.

They're still holding out hope.

BroncoInSkinland
06-06-2009, 05:25 PM
Clady is the bright spot on offense for me this year. Not flashy, it is very hard for linemen to be flashy by nature, but I bet he doesn't give up more than 2.5 sacks. Also looking forward to how Dennison and Turner are doing with his development at run blocking. Clady + Hillis + Moreno could be awesome.

Cito Pelon
06-06-2009, 05:31 PM
He'll be traded next year.

Yep. Coach Dummy McStupiddoodooface will make sure that will happen, right?

He's one of Shanny's guys so of course McFartface is at this very moment doing his absolute best to get rid of Clady, Harris, Larsen, Hillis, DJ, Bailey.

You're one dumb punk, bpc.

Tombstone RJ
06-06-2009, 08:37 PM
Very interesting that almost everything has changed on the team except the oline and Dennison. Says a lot about this unit and I'm looking forward to watching them for a long time.

epicSocialism4tw
06-07-2009, 11:57 AM
Just pointing out that there's no substance to the story...here's what I got from this; Clady is big, good, quiet, and working hard.

I guess I figure if you get paid to write, you should actualy write.

No criticism here on this site!

Off with your head!

baja
06-07-2009, 01:13 PM
Puff piece.

Dude it's June what you looking for a box score???

Bronco Rob
06-07-2009, 07:55 PM
Very interesting that almost everything has changed on the team except the oline and Dennison. Says a lot about this unit and I'm looking forward to watching them for a long time.











:thumbs:

Rock Chalk
06-07-2009, 09:34 PM
There's a lot more to it than that... Ortons probably smart enough to handle the calls and blitz ID, but is he effective rolling out? Will McD even use him that way?

Waggles and boots saved the OL a lot of headache when edge rushers have to play contain first in passing situations... it's why Jake Plummer had a year with very few sacks too...

Waggles and boots were used with Plummer because our ****ing offensive line was so god damn porous it was like a levee in New Orleans.

The waggle and boot are NOT meant to be game planning plays. Unless you are Sperm Edwards, you adjust to it quickly. They are "trick" plays designed to be used maybe 3 or 4 times a YEAR.

We HAD to use them with Jake.

Orton isnt a ****ing statue either. He isnt as elusive as Plummer was who was more elusive than Cutler was, but he isnt going to take 15 sacks because he is slow. Orton will dump it off to his check down, something Cutler didnt do consistently enough.

Will the sack numbers go up? Maybe 3-5. My thinking is, Orton will take a few more sacks than Cutler will but the O-line, with more experience working together, will be better at protecting the QB than they were last year. Cutler avoided probably 15 sacks last year because the line didnt do a good job, BUT the line will be better so mark that in half, at 7 or 8 that Orton will have to either eat or dump off. Orton can do that.

JMO.

TheReverend
06-07-2009, 11:39 PM
Waggles and boots were used with Plummer because our ****ing offensive line was so god damn porous it was like a levee in New Orleans.

The waggle and boot are NOT meant to be game planning plays. Unless you are Sperm Edwards, you adjust to it quickly. They are "trick" plays designed to be used maybe 3 or 4 times a YEAR.

We HAD to use them with Jake.

Orton isnt a ****ing statue either. He isnt as elusive as Plummer was who was more elusive than Cutler was, but he isnt going to take 15 sacks because he is slow. Orton will dump it off to his check down, something Cutler didnt do consistently enough.

Will the sack numbers go up? Maybe 3-5. My thinking is, Orton will take a few more sacks than Cutler will but the O-line, with more experience working together, will be better at protecting the QB than they were last year. Cutler avoided probably 15 sacks last year because the line didnt do a good job, BUT the line will be better so mark that in half, at 7 or 8 that Orton will have to either eat or dump off. Orton can do that.

JMO.

The worst post you've ever made and horridly inaccurate, dude.

There are diff styles of offense. And a misdirection team with waggles and boots are an entire style. It played off our ability to run the stretch plays.

Cutler had the ability to throw on the run. It minimized the vulnerability of the OL by shifting protections in ONE direction, and for pocket passing plays, kept DEs slower off the snap by forcing them to play contain initially.

Alec... I love ya, but this is ****ing retarded on so many goddamn levels, I don't know if I'm supposed to fly out there and smack some sense into you, or to call child protective services so your kids aren't raised by a retard and then finish it by flat out murdering you.

Rock Chalk
06-08-2009, 12:30 PM
The worst post you've ever made and horridly inaccurate, dude.

Completely accurate, you are just an idiot and dont know your ass from a hole in the ground

There are diff styles of offense. And a misdirection team with waggles and boots are an entire style. It played off our ability to run the stretch plays.

Misdirection plays are one thing, waggles and boots play after play is a ****ing horrible gameplan and one we used out of necessity not because it was so effective.

Cutler had the ability to throw on the run. It minimized the vulnerability of the OL by shifting protections in ONE direction, and for pocket passing plays, kept DEs slower off the snap by forcing them to play contain initially.

Cutler has the ability to throw on the run cuz last I checked he didnt lose his legs, just went to another team. Cutler WASNT used on boots and waggles as often as Jake was because the O-line was a better unit overall under Cutler AND he is a better pocket passer than Jake was. They are, like you said, useful in tricking the defense, but they are NOT to be used as often as we did with Jake. Its a retarded assertion by a gutless drunk.

Alec... I love ya, but this is ****ing retarded on so many goddamn levels, I don't know if I'm supposed to fly out there and smack some sense into you, or to call child protective services so your kids aren't raised by a retard and then finish it by flat out murdering you.
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