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Irish Stout
08-11-2009, 09:28 PM
Again, good stuff, check out the link for the pics - McKinley surfing the crowd!

http://blog.denverbroncos.com/denverbroncos/day-12-pm-blog/

Day 12: P.M. Blog
August 11th, 2009 - 8:24pm by Gray Caldwell


This was a practice dominated by the defense. Whether it was in one-on-one drills or 11-on-11 scrimmages, there seemed to constantly be a defender making a play.

That’s not to say the offense didn’t have its moments — but Tuesday evening’s practice belonged to the defense.

Here are some quick hits from the session.

ROLL CALL: A number of veterans who missed this morning’s practice were back on the field for the evening session. Brandon Stokley, Champ Bailey, Jabar Gaffney and Wesley Woodyard were all back at practice.

A few veterans who didn’t participate in the session were LaMont Jordan, Ryan Torain, Brian Dawkins, Brandon Marshall, Casey Wiegmann, Eddie Royal and Daniel Graham.

POSITIONING: The base defense remained fairly true to the depth chart, which was released yesterday. But Robert Ayers was among the players not listed as starters who saw some time with the first unit defense this evening, along with Wesley Woodyard, Darrell Reid, Darcel McBath, Alphonso Smith and Jack Williams in various packages.

DRILLS: The defensive line and outside linebackers showed up today in one-on-ones against the offensive line. First it was Carlton Powell who got a “good push,” according to defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely. Then Rulon Davis put on a quick move and immediately got past his blocker to the quarterback, receiving high-fives from assistant linebackers coach Roman Phifer, Ryan McBean and Robert Ayers. Then it was Darrell Reid’s turn, and he again put on a quick move to blow past his blocker. Ayers was up next, and did the same thing, getting to the inside of his blocker and straight to the quarterback.

The offensive line wasn’t totally outdone, however. Ryan Clady stood strong against a variety of rushers, and Ben Hamilton did the same, keeping his feet in front of the linemen and linebackers.

There were several special teams drills today, including one that had Josh Barrett, David Bruton, Kenny McKinley and Jack Williams practice getting away from a blocker and making the tackle on a dummy. Another was for punters and gunners, as the team worked on downing punts inside the 10-yard line. McKinley ran down one punt and batted it away from the end zone before it could be called a touchback, and it was downed inside the five. Bruton ran down another punt, catching it at the two.

PLAYMAKERS: Before practice, Jarvis Moss worked with Nunnely one-on-one, focusing on how to use his hands to fight off blockers. Apparently the tutoring was a success, because Moss was all over the place during practice. During one-on-one drills with the offensive line, Moss thought he had a sack, but Nunnely said he went too far past the quarterback, who would’ve simply stepped up in the pocket and thrown the ball. So on the next rep, Moss ripped past his blocker and got to the quarterback, drawing a “There you go! Good!” from Nunnely.



But Moss wasn’t done. In 11-on-11s, Moss sprinted into the backfield and wrapped up Darius Walker for a loss, bringing loud encouragement from the defense on the sideline. Finally, with the offense and defense practicing the two-minute drill, Moss blitzed and notched a sack on Kyle Orton.

Brandon Lloyd had several catches this evening that drew double takes from the sideline. One one play he leaped to catch a pass from Chris Simms, leaning backwards over the defender with his arms all the way outstretched to haul it in. Later in practice he streaked down the field and caught a long bomb from Orton, running past the attempted tackle of a diving defender and sprinting into the end zone as the crowd cheered.

Knowshon Moreno had an impressive play with the ball in his hand when he broke through to the second wave of defenders, turned on the jets and was gone all the way to the end zone. He had another impressive play without the ball. In a scenario set up by Head Coach Josh McDaniels, the offense had the ball on the two-yard line with three seconds to go in the game, down five points. After a false start on the offense moved the unit back five yards, Orton dropped back, bought some time and fired the ball to Brandon Stokley for the score. Stokley spiked the ball, then Moreno came sprinting up behind him and leap-frogged all the way over the 6-foot receiver before turning around and giving him a big pat on the helmet.

During the two-minute drill, Josh Barrett came sprinting into the backfield on a blitz right into Orton’s face, notching the hypothetical sack and loud cheers from the defense on the sideline.

QUICK HITS: It was a hot practice at the start of the session before the sun fell behind some clouds. Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan stepped outside in a sweatshirt, only to turn around and go back inside to change, joking, “Man, perfect day for a sweatshirt.”

A few more rookies sported some new haircuts this afternoon, courtesy of their veteran teammates. McKinley, Nate Swift, Moreno, Smith and Seth Olsen were some of the victims. Meanwhile, Britton Colquitt — who sported a new ‘do this morning — came out to practice with a shaved head.


DAILY JUKEBOX: Just a few songs played this evening, and one was a repeat from this morning. Young Jeezy’s “Bottom of the Map” still drew the same excited reaction from some of the defensive players, though. Here is the rest of the playlist.

Bruce Springsteen - “Badlands”
Jay-Z - “Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love)”
MGMT - “Electric Feel”
The team will be back on the field at 1 p.m. MDT tomorrow for an approximately two-hour session.

More pictures from practice below.

-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com

Irish Stout
08-11-2009, 09:38 PM
Soooooo its been asked before, but WTF is with Moss? He's in the dog house one practice, he's thinking about retiring (alledgedly) a few days ago, he's getting some extra attention and he's actually performing fairly well.... I guess whatever it takes to get this guy rolling.

And Knowshon leaping over Stokely??? Where'd that Air Moreno t-shirt thread go?

Br0nc0Buster
08-11-2009, 09:51 PM
Good to hear about Moss, I hope he makes the team

At the very least hopefully he can become a situational rusher

JCMElway
08-11-2009, 09:53 PM
If Moss can live up to some of his potential it's going to be very nice to have a combo of Dumerville, Ayers, and Moss (And maybe Crowder as well) rushing the passer. We could actually get some sacks/turnovers!

Los Broncos
08-11-2009, 10:03 PM
Those corn rows are awesome and Champ looks he is back in shape.

Florida_Bronco
08-11-2009, 10:22 PM
If Moss can live up to some of his potential it's going to be very nice to have a combo of Dumerville, Ayers, and Moss (And maybe Crowder as well) rushing the passer. We could actually get some sacks/turnovers!

This is very encouraging news, to say the least. What a difference you get by bringing in good position coaches!

TheReverend
08-11-2009, 10:32 PM
If Moss can live up to some of his potential it's going to be very nice to have a combo of Dumerville, Ayers, and Moss (And maybe Crowder as well) rushing the passer. We could actually get some sacks/turnovers!

With the volume of DB depth we should at LEAST be able to count on some coverage sacks

Mr.Meanie
08-11-2009, 10:36 PM
I know we're only talkin' bout practice, man, practice...but I'm jacked to see how the 1st team defense plays against SF.

Kaylore
08-11-2009, 11:28 PM
With the volume of DB depth we should at LEAST be able to count on some coverage sacks

They really are pretty good.

Broncoman13
08-12-2009, 06:29 AM
They really are pretty good.

With the way JMFW has showed up, yeah they are a solid group of CBs. Still worried about safety though. Hill looks pretty good, but McBath hasn't done much of anything. Tell me again why we didn't go with William Moore?

gyldenlove
08-12-2009, 06:33 AM
It is so frustrating with Moss, there is no doubt that he has talent, he just hasn't put it together yet, if someone finally figures out how to make him live out that talent he will be a special guy. I genuinely hope that they can get some really solid pass rush ability out of Moss and Ayers.

Drek
08-12-2009, 06:38 AM
Before practice, Jarvis Moss worked with Nunnely one-on-one, focusing on how to use his hands to fight off blockers.

Most noteworthy part of the entire write up.

Sounds like Moss getting some time off was what he needed to rededicate himself. He should be putting in extra time whenever he can to refine his fundamentals, because all the raw talent in the world is there.

Drek
08-12-2009, 06:44 AM
With the way JMFW has showed up, yeah they are a solid group of CBs. Still worried about safety though. Hill looks pretty good, but McBath hasn't done much of anything. Tell me again why we didn't go with William Moore?

Because we have Bruton and Barrett already?

Its pretty clear we're looking to run a specific kind of safety tandem. The FS as a ballhawking centerfielder type and the SS as the versatile guy who can play some good zone cover and also step up to be the 8th man in the box as needed.

William Moore is the SS type. So is Bruton and Barrett. The bigger need for us is depth behind Hill at the FS position, which is a very good fit for McBath. Its too early to say McBath hasn't done much of anything though. He's been consistent and solid enough to hang onto his second string job, but he's just behind a guy in Hill who has been solid and healthy all camp. They aren't going to put a 6'1", 200 pound former CB in at SS where he needs to be relied on to step up in the box.

cmhargrove
08-12-2009, 07:02 AM
It is so frustrating with Moss, there is no doubt that he has talent, he just hasn't put it together yet, if someone finally figures out how to make him live out that talent he will be a special guy. I genuinely hope that they can get some really solid pass rush ability out of Moss and Ayers.

Often we don't get the whole story.

We have all made assumptions as to why Moss was "depressed" and we made assumptions that he "wanted to quit." Maybe he had another personnal problem that was weighing him down.

Anyway, good coaches find ways to motivate different players in different ways. It's not always a "one size fits all" approach. It sounds like Nunnnely is finding ways to get Moss where he needs to be - we'lll sure be able to tell a lot more on Friday night.

Rabb
08-12-2009, 07:21 AM
Often we don't get the whole story.

We have all made assumptions as to why Moss was "depressed" and we made assumptions that he "wanted to quit." Maybe he had another personnal problem that was weighing him down.

Anyway, good coaches find ways to motivate different players in different ways. It's not always a "one size fits all" approach. It sounds like Nunnnely is finding ways to get Moss where he needs to be - we'lll sure be able to tell a lot more on Friday night.

absolutely

some guys need the extra love and he is clearly one of them, I love this

USMCBladerunner
08-12-2009, 12:05 PM
sounds like the O got a do over on their situational goal line stand...in a game, a false start under those conditions would run 10 seconds off the clock and lose the game...maybe we were "situationally" playing with Ed Hochuli in the mix.