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prunch
08-13-2009, 11:16 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-seriousbroncos&prov=ap&type=lgns


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP)—The Denver Broncos aren’t taking this preseason stuff very lightly.

Under new coach Josh McDaniels, all but a handful of their practices have been in full pads, something that was almost unheard of under former coach Mike Shanahan.

The preseason games won’t be a walk in the park, either.

McDaniels has told his starters and draft picks to expect to play deep into Friday night’s exhibition opener at San Francisco.

“I feel like they’re taking it real serious because, basically, this is a whole new team,” nose tackle Ronald Fields(notes) said. “You’ve got new coaches, a lot of new players and everybody is eager to see what everybody is going to get out and do. So, it’s a serious game. We’re preparing for it like a regular season game.”

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With a full-fledged game plan, a couple of stadium walkthroughs and even a thick scouting report.

Tight end Daniel Graham(notes), who used to play in New England, where McDaniels cut his coaching teeth, likes the fresh approach to these exhibition games that don’t really count but certainly do matter.

“I do. It gets us into a groove,” Graham said. “We’re not looking forward to 10 plays and then we’re out. We’ve got to play until Coach is satisfied with our play.”

McDaniels moved two of his training camp practices to Invesco Field so the players and coaches could go through dry runs before facing the 49ers. They went over everything from booth-to-field communication to where the offensive players will sit on the bench when the defense is on the field and vice versa.

It was typical McDaniels, who is meticulous in his preparation and doesn’t have an ounce of tolerance for ambiguity.

“I think we feel pretty comfortable with everything. I am sure we will run into some sort of snag on Friday night. That normally happens your first time out, but I think everybody understands how we are going to run the sidelines and how we are going to run the game operations,” McDaniels said.

And they all understand that under McDaniels, there’s no such thing as a cameo appearance for stars or high draft picks to put in their couple of series and call it a night before they’ve even broken a sweat.

“They are going to be ready to play the whole game. That is what the philosophy is and that is how we are going to prepare for the games in the preseason,” McDaniels said. “We will determine as we go who needs more work or less work as we get into the game.”

Rookie head coaches are notorious for taking the preseason so seriously, but McDaniels might be on another level altogether. He canceled a practice earlier this week because he wanted to spend the time going over the scouting report and game plan.

“It will be thorough. I wouldn’t say not quite as large as a normal game plan will be, but again, we do not want to give them false expectations of what is going to happen in the regular season,” McDaniels said. “The volume will be probably close to what it would be (in a regular season game), some of which we won’t run and some of which we will just practice and prepare for.”

Second-year pro Peyton Hillis(notes) said nobody is grumbling out loud over McDaniels’ methods.

“For the veterans and for the younger players, I think the point has been made,” Hillis said. “For a new coaching staff to come in, to establish their system, their scheme, they have to enforce it early instead of late to get ready for the season.”

McDaniels said part of his approach has to do with his experience serving on Bill Belichick’s staff in New England.

“These are not just scrimmages,” McDaniels insisted. “They are a chance for you to actually go through and substitute, run the game the way you would run it and execute. I hope there are six or eight of these (situations) that come up in the game on Friday night, because then we will get to actually go out there and see what we learned from all of these practices.”

Br0nc0Buster
08-13-2009, 11:25 AM
McDaniels is gonna run up the score

BroncoSojia
08-13-2009, 11:29 AM
serious preseason is serious

prunch
08-13-2009, 11:30 AM
non stop flea flickers and triple reverses ...

and thats just on defense!

colonelbeef
08-13-2009, 11:31 AM
He has to, if they lose a few ugly preseason games, the pressure on the beginning of the season will be enormous.

Br0nc0Buster
08-13-2009, 11:33 AM
He has to, if they lose a few ugly preseason games, the pressure on the beginning of the season will be enormous.

according to who?
You?

McDaniels couldnt give a crap whether or not you think he is under pressure, he is going to be the coach here for at least two years no matter what

Pat was patient with Shanny, I expect the same thing for McD

TheDave
08-13-2009, 11:34 AM
I'm good with the preparation part... I just hope he isn't serious about playing these guys much longer than normal.

24champ
08-13-2009, 11:36 AM
Like I said yesterday in my camp report...this coach is amped for the game.

kamakazi_kal
08-13-2009, 11:39 AM
he's serious

TheReverend
08-13-2009, 11:44 AM
I'm good with the preparation part... I just hope he isn't serious about playing these guys much longer than normal.

Yeah. We don't wanna lose Orton for the season..............

:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:

TheDave
08-13-2009, 11:48 AM
Yeah. We don't wanna lose Orton for the season..............

:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:

Sad thing is I think Chris Simms is even worse...

TheReverend
08-13-2009, 11:51 AM
Sad thing is I think Chris Simms is even worse...

We need to embrace the future of this ball club and get some Tom B some reps.

TheDave
08-13-2009, 11:52 AM
We need to embrace the future of this ball club and get some Tom B some reps.

13-3 Baby... :thumbs:

TheReverend
08-13-2009, 11:58 AM
13-3 Baby... :thumbs:

Only if Champ is benched for Alphonso

TailgateNut
08-13-2009, 11:59 AM
He has to, if they lose a few ugly preseason games, the pressure on the beginning of the season will be enormous.


Hilarious!

Considering there are quite a few drama queens and Jay nutsack carriers such as yourself, I'm sure the walls will come tumbling down if we loose a pre-season game.

Rock Chalk
08-13-2009, 01:37 PM
he's serious

He doesnt look serious.

He looks ****ing stoned.

Rock Chalk
08-13-2009, 01:39 PM
Hilarious!

Considering there are quite a few drama queens and Jay nutsack carriers such as yourself, I'm sure the walls will come tumbling down if we loose a pre-season game.

I dont know why I have you on ignore dude but every time I view post from you Im thinking maybe you shouldnt be on ignore.

Liquid Courage
08-13-2009, 01:49 PM
He doesnt look serious.

He looks ****ing stoned.

i was thinking he looked like the sulking cutler on the sideline w/ his hat on backwards while our postseason hopes are vaporising like a fart in the wind . . . . maybe i am dwelling.

broncobrandon
08-13-2009, 02:46 PM
My take? Preseason IS serious! ESPECIALLY 4 a club like the Denver Broncos who have almost an ENTIRE new coaching staff who have NEVER coached together before and a group of players who are either new to the club this season, or are leftovers of a complete failure of a team, who last season, absolutely fell apart when it mattered most. I like what Daniel Graham said: "We’ve got to play until Coach is satisfied with our play.”. That is a bold, yet very true statement! Not only do the players need to prove they're worth during this preseason but the entire coaching staff has something to prove as well. If not, then how the hell can we expect a successful season this year? In my opinion, this is the most important and vital preseason the Denver Broncos have ever had...

TheReverend
08-13-2009, 02:53 PM
3-1 or better gets us a regular season berth, right?

Gort
08-13-2009, 03:08 PM
this is a much better way to prepare than those two-hand touch ballet practices under shanny's regime. we've got a real football coach again! the 2009 Broncos team will not be soft and ready to quit if they find themselves behind Detroit or Buffalo by 7 points. that's what shanny's teams did, especially after Al Wilson's injury... because they were babied and were soft. nobody in the league was afraid to face the Broncos in Invesco. nobody. hopefully, McD is going to change that immediately.

HILife
08-13-2009, 03:09 PM
3-1 or better gets us a regular season berth, right?

It's 4 or bust.

dbfan4life
08-13-2009, 03:09 PM
3-1 or better gets us a regular season berth, right?

Orton for preseason MVP! :clown:

Rashomon
08-13-2009, 03:36 PM
It's 4 or bust.

Yea, treat pre-season like the post-season, if you aren't worried about the post-season. This sounds like the 2008 Detroit Lions approach (4-0 in the preseason).

Hulamau
08-13-2009, 04:12 PM
He has to, if they lose a few ugly preseason games, the pressure on the beginning of the season will be enormous.

Ahh!! It's Burger Bill in disguise .... 'Colonel Complainer' and more of his Exquisitely Myopic insights. :P

crowebomber
08-13-2009, 04:39 PM
Preseason Champs Baby!!!!!

Rulon Velvet Jones
08-13-2009, 04:46 PM
Some of these guys aren't good enough to "flip the switch" for the regular season. I think it's a smart decision to keep things a bit amped for the preseason so some can get a taste of what's ahead. But, above all, doing it without injury is the key.