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BMarsh615
10-01-2009, 01:10 PM
Good stuff from LB coach Don Martindale.

http://www.gazette.com/sports/ayers-63053-broncos-englewood.html

ENGLEWOOD – Outside linebacker Robert Ayers is coming along just fine.

At first glance, the Denver Broncos’ first-round pick hasn’t lived up to expectations, with only one tackle and no other stats through three games. But linebackers coach Don Martindale explained that Ayers, who has played in the Broncos’ nickel defense on passing downs, has done plenty that doesn’t show up in the stat sheet and is making a normal progression for a rookie.

“He’s doing a lot of good things in our team defensive scheme that people don’t see and recognize,” Martindale said.

Martindale offered an example: Against the Browns, Ayers’ responsibility on certain plays was to “set the edge,” or keep the quarterback contained in the pocket. Ayers held his ground against Cleveland Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas. Dumervil benefited with a four-sack day.

“That was able to free up Elvis Dumervil, along with everybody else,” Martindale said. “If he doesn’t play his role in that pass rush, in that situation, Brady Quinn is able to get out of the pocket. There’s things like that, times that we ask him to do a lot of different things other than just rush the passer or setting the edge of the defense. I’m really excited about him.”

The Broncos admit Ayers isn’t a finished product. He’s still learning the nuances of the defense and of playing outside linebacker after being primarily a defensive end in college. Martindale said Ayers is working in a positive direction toward becoming a full-time starter, but all of Denver’s starting linebackers ahead of him are playing well.

The team is fine with how Ayers has fared so far as a rookie.

“I have nothing but good things to say about Robert Ayers,” Martindale said. “I think he’s right on schedule.”

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barryr
10-01-2009, 01:24 PM
Considering he's a rookie and was a late bloomer in college, I'm glad he's even getting on the field. Must be doing enough things to warrant the playing time.

TheDave
10-01-2009, 01:29 PM
I'll give him this... he is freakishly sttrong at the POA. Joe Thomas was having a real tough time dealing with Ayers 1 on 1.

Rock Chalk
10-01-2009, 01:38 PM
I'll give him this... he is freakishly sttrong at the POA. Joe Thomas was having a real tough time dealing with Ayers 1 on 1.

If by tough time you mean holding the **** out of Ayers then yeah.

gyldenlove
10-01-2009, 01:38 PM
I'll give him this... he is freakishly sttrong at the POA. Joe Thomas was having a real tough time dealing with Ayers 1 on 1.

He is strong, I still think he eventually ends up on the inside as a 3-tech DL though. He excelled at that position in college among other just having a field day with Andre Smith, and with his strength and quickness he could be a serious force in there.

TheDave
10-01-2009, 01:57 PM
He is strong, I still think he eventually ends up on the inside as a 3-tech DL though. He excelled at that position in college among other just having a field day with Andre Smith, and with his strength and quickness he could be a serious force in there.

If he can ever develop some awareness in space (both in the run and passing game) he could be a dominant SOLB... Add to that we could kick him inside in some 4-3 looks.

Point is, I hope he develops as an OLB though I agree they could eventually put him on the line if his stand up game doesn't develop.

Br0nc0Buster
10-01-2009, 04:42 PM
I'll give him this... he is freakishly sttrong at the POA. Joe Thomas was having a real tough time dealing with Ayers 1 on 1.

Did you see him at the senior bowl?

He was literally running over offensive linemen in drills

KevinJames
10-01-2009, 05:04 PM
Can you imagine down the line Doom and Ayers on the outside causing havoc OMG!

d bronx42
10-01-2009, 07:46 PM
Can you imagine down the line Doom and Ayers on the outside causing havoc OMG!


Hopefully they will be our version of James Harrison and Lamar Woodley! :yayaya:

Rock Chalk
10-01-2009, 07:53 PM
Hopefully they will be our version of James Harrison and Lamar Woodley! :yayaya:

Wasn't Lamar Woodley the railroad tyrant in Blazing Saddles?

BroncoBuff
10-01-2009, 07:57 PM
Wasn't Lamar Woodley the railroad tyrant in Blazing Saddles?

Sounds right ... Harvey Kormann? Wasn't there a Hedley Lamarr too?

broncogary
10-01-2009, 08:06 PM
Wasn't Lamar Woodley the railroad tyrant in Blazing Saddles?

No, that was his brother, Hedley Lamar.

BroncoBuff
10-01-2009, 08:10 PM
If by tough time you mean holding the **** out of Ayers then yeah.

DAMN I wish I could have seen this .... I was at the game, and because it wasn't on in Seattle I couldn't DVR it.

Borks147
10-01-2009, 09:07 PM
Somewhere, Jarvis Moss is crying

Garcia Bronco
10-01-2009, 09:23 PM
I am not. dude should have 30 sacks by now and 8 int's.

NFLBRONCO
10-01-2009, 09:31 PM
I'm no fan of Ayers but, I'll give him time to see what we have not very many rookies star day 1.

snowspot66
10-01-2009, 10:47 PM
He's already ahead of Moss just by being active for games.

Rock Chalk
10-01-2009, 10:56 PM
No, that was his brother, Hedley Lamar.

Hedley Lamar, thats it.

BMarsh615
10-04-2009, 03:50 PM
Ayers is playing better today. Almost got a sack on the first pass play of the game and stopped a screen pass from developing.:thumbs:

OrangeRising
10-04-2009, 04:13 PM
He's already ahead of Moss just by being active for games.

Beat me too it. Jarvis is back in his familiar pose, that is, inactive.

Drek
10-04-2009, 05:27 PM
One thing you've got to give Ayers, he never gives up. I don't know how many plays where he's been asked to take the inside blitz, is blocked from the outset, and just keeps pushing and working until next thing you know he's the inside pressure preventing QBs from stepping away from Doom.

He's got the speed and agility of a 240 pound LB, the strength of a 290 pound DT, and it comes in a 270 pound package. If they can just teach him the finer points of coverage, run support, and pass rush technique he could be real impressive to watch.

Broncojef
10-04-2009, 05:46 PM
I thought Ayers took a huge step forward today...very nice.

Clockwork Orange
10-04-2009, 05:50 PM
He seems to get a little better every week. I'll take that.

Broncosfreak_56
10-04-2009, 05:51 PM
Really good game today, got lots of pressure.

BroncoBuff
10-04-2009, 09:40 PM
It's remarkable he's progressed enough to be on the field for the most crucial downs of the game ...

And he never gives up, nice motor.

KevinJames
10-04-2009, 09:45 PM
Ayers played great today!!

Soul-Bronco
10-04-2009, 09:57 PM
The coaches brought in by mcd are doing a great job! Just imagine how good the d-line will look when ayers really pulls it all together with Doom on the other side!! and with that secondary!!! Very exciting!!!!

Broncos_OTM
10-04-2009, 10:16 PM
Great game. If you guys expect him to be a sack man youll be dissapointed.

All you can do is ask your rookies to improve every week. and so far he has done that

Man-Goblin
10-04-2009, 10:27 PM
My favorite part was when he lined up on the wrong side of the line and Woodyard (I think?) had to yell at him for a good three seconds to move to the correct spot inside. Then Ayers busted through the line and stone Barber (I think?) for a two yard loss.

His issues seem to be more mental than physical, but it's starting to look like the kid is going to be a player.

ZONA
10-04-2009, 10:31 PM
My favorite part was when he lined up on the wrong side of the line and Woodyard (I think?) had to yell at him for a good three seconds to move to the correct spot inside. Then Ayers busted through the line and stone Barber (I think?) for a two yard loss.
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that was by design, it kept Romo from calling audible out of that run play.........hahahah

No really, it was funny to see that.