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oubronco
08-02-2010, 12:20 PM
Ayers Wants to Dominate


Sunday was a new day for Broncos linebacker Robert Ayers.
And at the Broncos' first day of training camp, there was Ayers lined up at the strongside spot with the starting defense, a rather tidy jump from his brief sentence down the depth chart in the team's last public minicamp in June.
For something he still simply calls "a mistake I made, that's all," Ayers had been removed from the starting defense for the Broncos' final minicamp and, in fact, was given very few repetitions at any point in the defense during those workouts.
"But that didn't bruise my confidence, not at all," Ayers said Sunday. "I'm feeling very confident right now, more confident than I've ever been. And, hopefully, I can put it to use out here."

Ayers still contends he was "never in the doghouse" with Broncos coach Josh McDaniels with the very public minicamp demotion and that the two did eventually sit down and discuss the matter, which wasn't any legal issue, to iron things out.

It's all part of what he wants to leave behind, the pile of things Ayers now calls "things I don't want to talk about right now; the past is past."

The second-year linebacker was the 18th pick of the draft in 2009 one of two first-round picks by the Broncos but struggled at times as he made the transition from college defensive end to strongside NFL linebacker in the Broncos' 3-4 scheme.

Ayers started one game, at Philadelphia last December, but he finished with just 19 tackles in his spot duty and no sacks.

"When I looked at those games again, I didn't see myself out there. That's not me," Ayers said. "I know that, but that being said, the past is the past. I'm ready to move on. The coaches know it, I know it."

"I've always said the good thing about Robert is his expectations for himself are so high," Broncos linebacker Elvis Dumervil said.

"He understands the only thing you can do if you want to do better is to try to get better. He put in the work. No doubt about it."


While McDaniels has called Ayers' approach "professional" overall in the offseason, he consistently has lauded Jarvis Moss' work as well. And with Dumervil being the league's reigning sack king as well as coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance, any snaps Moss eventually earns could come at Ayers' expense if Ayers can't hold his ground in this training camp.

The Broncos also used Baraka Atkins, a free-agent signee who has played in 21 games in his career, plenty with the defense in the offseason drills.
"I want to improve on everything," Ayers said. "I want to be dominant, I want to be quick, I want to play fast, I want to execute, I want to do everything. But my big emphasis out here is to dominate.

"I want to dominate every player that lines up in front of me. That's what I've been focusing on, getting myself ready in the offseason to do that. That's what I expect of myself, to come out and dominate. I know I have to do that to keep the job."


http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_15655873

SonOfLe-loLang
08-02-2010, 12:27 PM
cool, i want to dominate too

Dr. Broncenstein
08-02-2010, 12:28 PM
I wanna domino, mutha****ahs...

Los Broncos
08-02-2010, 12:30 PM
I want to dominate women.

Smiling Assassin27
08-02-2010, 12:33 PM
I don't know if 'the good thing' about Ayers is his high expectations is a good thing. I'd prefer if 'the good thing' about Ayers was that he's a Pro Bowler.

bronco militia
08-02-2010, 12:35 PM
I'd take a sack or two first, Robert

SouthStndJunkie
08-02-2010, 12:36 PM
Ayers likes to flap his gums a lot....walk before you can run.

Notch a few sacks/make a few plays and then start talking about domination.

HAT
08-02-2010, 12:37 PM
"Dominance...I has it"

ZachKC
08-02-2010, 12:48 PM
Cute.

DarkHorse
08-02-2010, 12:53 PM
Ayers likes to flap his gums a lot....walk before you can run.

Notch a few sacks/make a few plays and then start talking about domination.

I can't remember ever hearing anything from Ayers?

azbroncfan
08-02-2010, 12:54 PM
So did John Engelberger. Is there any player that doesn't want to dominate? Just show something on the field and the rest of your career will fall in place.

broncosteven
08-02-2010, 12:55 PM
I just want him to be a good team player and not get caught out of position or slow to read the play.

Do your job well and prepare and the rest will follow.

azbroncfan
08-02-2010, 01:00 PM
How long til Ayers says they are holding him back playing read and react instead of "turning him loose."

cmhargrove
08-02-2010, 01:09 PM
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BlaK-Argentina
08-02-2010, 01:10 PM
Ayers likes to flap his gums a lot....walk before you can run.

Notch a few sacks/make a few plays and then start talking about domination.

What would you like to hear? "I want to be an ok player... just keep the checks coming!"?

Ugh... people... :rofl:

Dr. Broncenstein
08-02-2010, 01:31 PM
What would you like to hear? "I want to be an ok player... just keep the checks coming!"?

Ugh... people... :rofl:

I'd like to hear nothing from Ayers until he produces something beyond jack shiat.

SouthStndJunkie
08-02-2010, 01:32 PM
What would you like to hear? "I want to be an ok player... just keep the checks coming!"?

Ugh... people... :rofl:

Maybe I'm just more of an actions speak louder than words type of person.

Talk is cheap.

SouthStndJunkie
08-02-2010, 01:33 PM
I'd like to hear nothing from Ayers until he produces something beyond jack shiat.

Word.

Kaylore
08-02-2010, 01:35 PM
I don't want a ton of sacks. I want him to set the edge and stop the run. If he gets sacks or even just hurries, then gravy. Just stop the run.

DomCasual
08-02-2010, 01:39 PM
I want to dominate women.

I want to dominate your mother.

Again.

:D

HorseHead
08-02-2010, 01:53 PM
I'd still like to know what it was that got him into a little trouble..anybody have an idea?

Los Broncos
08-02-2010, 02:00 PM
I want to dominate your mother.

Again.

:D

She liked the last time you two met.

jhns
08-02-2010, 02:02 PM
I'd still like to know what it was that got him into a little trouble..anybody have an idea?

They kept it pretty quiet and I doubt anyone really knows. I have just assumed it was him making a ton of mental mistakes. Maybe making the same one over and over even after repeated coaching to correct it.

TheReverend
08-02-2010, 02:02 PM
I don't want a ton of sacks. I want him to set the edge and stop the run. If he gets sacks or even just hurries, then gravy. Just stop the run.

At LB we need Ayers to step up. I could care less about pressure from him. I'm more concerned with seeing him set a solid edge on the SS and start stringing any OT running plays out or force them to bounce it back inside. We can make some significant strides in our run D if Ayers can just calm down, read his keys, and step up with reckless abandon. Ayodele was a great signing for how we use that LB. Last season we spent a good chunk of time slanting the DL to free up DJ and it paid off. Hope he continues that success this season and they blitz him more often. He's very effective up the middle.

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Kaylore
08-02-2010, 02:38 PM
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Epic win. I think it just seems like that's an area Ayers could be really good. Maybe we're biased because he's a converted DT, but one of those on the outside would do wonders for the defense as a whole.

DenverBroncosJM
08-02-2010, 02:49 PM
So has Moss tunred the corner and is going to play like a day one pick?

Any insight from camp yet? I read that he was voted one of the hard workers so gets a parking spot and his music selection for a day.

Any word on Moss?

TheReverend
08-02-2010, 02:51 PM
Epic win. I think it just seems like that's an area Ayers could be really good. Maybe we're biased because he's a converted DT, but one of those on the outside would do wonders for the defense as a whole.

DE not DT, but absolutely. He was a LB in High School and red shirted as an OLB his freshman year before shifting to DE, but with his skillset and size and position and he's a MUCH bigger asset against the run.

Like you said, if he can provide some pressure, and get the QB to see him and slide into Elvis, that's great, but I really could give a **** less if Ayers is providing sacks. I don't particularly care if he's getting tackles or TFL's either. I just want him to ruin blocking schemes like I KNOW he's capable of.

Br0nc0Buster
08-02-2010, 03:06 PM
yeah I had high hopes when he was drafted
people need to understand what he is
he isnt gonna get 15 sacks a year, but he can blow up plays and still create pressure evident in his high number of tackles for loss in college

he wants to dominate, that makes two of us as I want him to dominate as well
get it done Robert

jsco70
08-02-2010, 03:09 PM
I just want him to ruin blocking schemes like I KNOW he's capable of.

He showed flashes of this last season. I thought there were a number of instances where Ayers collapsed the pocket and got pressure. I believe he will end up with 8 to 10 sacks this season. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to see him lead the team in sacks if Doom gets double/triple teamed all season.

Kaylore
08-02-2010, 03:11 PM
Yeah I don't know why I thought he played DT. But regardless, converting to a new scheme is hard enough when you don't have to adjust to the pro game. Hopefully he makes the adjustment.

elsid13
08-02-2010, 03:44 PM
Yeah I don't know why I thought he played DT. But regardless, converting to a new scheme is hard enough when you don't have to adjust to the pro game. Hopefully he makes the adjustment.

He did play some DT at Tennessee in passing downs.

Popps
08-02-2010, 03:53 PM
he consistently has lauded Jarvis Moss' work as well


Guess who's still on the team?

Who knew?

Requiem
08-02-2010, 04:09 PM
I think Ayers will do much better this year. No sacks last year, but 17 quarterback pressures and five hits.

BlaK-Argentina
08-02-2010, 04:29 PM
Maybe I'm just more of an actions speak louder than words type of person.

Talk is cheap.

Well, sure... but I'm sure he was asked a question and just answered. And IMO it was a good answer.

I doubt he was calling all reporters yelling: "Hey I'm going to dominate this year, mmmkay?"

broncolife
08-02-2010, 04:31 PM
I think Ayers will do much better this year. No sacks last year, .

What about the sack between his legs?

2KBack
08-02-2010, 04:32 PM
he consistently has lauded Jarvis Moss' work as well


Guess who's still on the team?

Who knew?

I did, I've had a tendency to defend Moss

BroncoSojia
08-02-2010, 04:47 PM
I think Ayers will do much better this year. No sacks last year, but 17 quarterback pressures and five hits.

:rofl:

rep for your avatar

Popps
08-02-2010, 04:50 PM
I did, I've had a tendency to defend Moss

Hey, crazier things have happened. I hope he turns it around. He's a Bronco, for now.

cmhargrove
08-02-2010, 04:58 PM
Just remember, the best thing going for Ayers isn't even Ayers - it's Bannan and Jamal Williams.

If we do truly get a NT that can plug both A gaps "ala 2008 Jamal Williams," and Bannan can stuff his side of the line, the OLB's will have a hey day. Ayers will benefit tremendously from that (if it all comes together).

Mix that in with Martindale's "attacking style" as we heve heard so far, and you have a good combination for Ayers' success this year.

2KBack
08-02-2010, 05:14 PM
Hey, crazier things have happened. I hope he turns it around. He's a Bronco, for now.

I could still be wrong, but man I'd love to have him and Ayers develop to go along with Dumervil.

TheReverend
08-02-2010, 05:20 PM
Just remember, the best thing going for Ayers isn't even Ayers - it's Bannan and Jamal Williams.

If we do truly get a NT that can plug both A gaps "ala 2008 Jamal Williams," and Bannan can stuff his side of the line, the OLB's will have a hey day. Ayers will benefit tremendously from that (if it all comes together).

Mix that in with Martindale's "attacking style" as we heve heard so far, and you have a good combination for Ayers' success this year.

USUALLY he'll be playing the TE, and we'll slant our DL to have Haggan playing the RG so DJ can run free.

FireFly
08-02-2010, 06:41 PM
I don't know if I should be excited that maybe Moss is possibly flashing his 1st round potential in maybe beating out Ayers... or devasted that Ayers is on the cusp of being beaten out by Moss!!!?

Rock Chalk
08-02-2010, 07:31 PM
Ayer's did OK last year as a rookie in a new defense for him and for well, everyone else, with a completely new system around him. Sacks didn't come for him but he did manage to make a few good plays last year. Some boneheaded plays as well. I don't think, given last years circumstances, that he did poorly.

This year I do expect more out of him. Less mental mistakes, more focus. Sacks aren't likely going to be in the double digits, or maybe even the high single digits but I expect he makes much fewer mistakes which in turns helps the Defense get off the field on 3rd down. IMO, thats as good as a sack.

Popps
08-02-2010, 10:30 PM
Ayers is in his infancy as far as learning his new role. All scouts said he'd take a few years to reach his peak. Let's hope he starts showing more production this year. I'm stoked to see what he can bring.

epicSocialism4tw
08-02-2010, 10:34 PM
Small steps, Mr. Ayers.

We'd all love to see you dominate, but first we would like to see you have your wits about you when the ball snaps.

Dr. Broncenstein
08-02-2010, 10:36 PM
Small steps, Mr. Ayers.

We'd all love to see you dominate, but first we would like to see you have your wits about you when the ball snaps.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_8fCSMCuCaP0/Sf51t05-yMI/AAAAAAAABjk/MAgTSQRuDVs/s320/What+About+Bob.jpg

It's a groundbreaking idea. Baby steps.

epicSocialism4tw
08-02-2010, 10:43 PM
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_8fCSMCuCaP0/Sf51t05-yMI/AAAAAAAABjk/MAgTSQRuDVs/s320/What+About+Bob.jpg

It's a groundbreaking idea. Baby steps.

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Cito Pelon
08-03-2010, 07:42 AM
I'd still like to know what it was that got him into a little trouble..anybody have an idea?

DomCasual was stalking his mother, Ayers reacted unfavorably.

cmhargrove
08-03-2010, 08:40 AM
USUALLY he'll be playing the TE, and we'll slant our DL to have Haggan playing the RG so DJ can run free.

I agree with the principle, but if Martindale is truly from the Ryan coaching tree, I expect Ayers to play all kinds of crazy places, and all kinds of odd match-ups. The main point being if a couple d-linemen require double teams themselves, the OLB's should greatly benefit (in terms of sacks and stamina).

Just no more 300 yard games to KC this year....please!

bronco militia
08-15-2010, 10:53 PM
still waiting for this guy to dominate.....

OBF1
08-15-2010, 11:01 PM
If Robert dominated tonight... Then that Lamborghini Murcielago I WANT is alot closer than I thought.

Mogulseeker
08-15-2010, 11:16 PM
I want to dominate women.


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enjolras
08-16-2010, 12:22 AM
I thought Ayers had a good game today. Covered well and bull-rushed his man into the backfield on several plays. He never got free, but he showed a lot of physicality (including two really nice run stops where he blew up the intended running lane) and didn't look completely lost as he did last year in pass coverage.

I'm greatly encouraged by what he showed tonight actually.

pink_feet
08-16-2010, 01:45 PM
I thought Ayers had a good game today. Covered well and bull-rushed his man into the backfield on several plays. He never got free, but he showed a lot of physicality (including two really nice run stops where he blew up the intended running lane) and didn't look completely lost as he did last year in pass coverage.

I'm greatly encouraged by what he showed tonight actually.

really?
I did not think he did anything remotely impressive.

Br0nc0Buster
08-16-2010, 02:30 PM
Ayers was solid, pushed the pocket a bit
but someone else is gonna need to step up, along with Ayers

because overall I was not too impressed with our pass rush

Popps
08-16-2010, 02:31 PM
Ayers seems to be trying to bull-rush guys on every play. Looks to me like the guy needs to develop a move or two. (Swim, spin... something.)