|05-28-2007, 08:58 AM||#1|
Lost In Space
Join Date: Apr 2004
Nice Fluff Piece on Lang and OTA
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
DENVER - Veteran defensive end Kenard Lang found himself pulling double duty at the Denver Broncos’ seven-day quarterback camp that concluded Thursday. In addition to working on his position, the 12-year lineman found himself a frequent respondent to the inquiries of wide-eyed rookie defensive linemen.
Lang didn’t mind.
‘‘I am an instructor and I like the title,’’ said Lang. ‘‘Teaching is in my veins. You know, my mom was a principal.
‘‘Here, the position fell into my lap,’’ Lang said.
At the start of camp, Lang found himself helping fourth-round draft choice Marcus Thomas, who was hearing catcalls from Bronco veterans about his stance.
‘‘It was a freelance stance and the veterans let me have it,’’ Thomas said. ‘‘Between plays I went to guys like Kenard Lang and Gerard Warren for help.’’
And Lang provided him some advice.
‘‘It was easy to correct,’’ Lang said. ‘‘He had to get lower to be able to come out of it more explosive.’’
Thomas described Lang’s teach style simply as ‘‘real vocal.’’
Lang was equally liberal in passing out tips to first-round draft choice Jarvis Moss and No. 2 pick Tim Crowder. For Lang, it was a repayment for what veterans did for him in making the transition from college football to the NFL in 1997.
Lang credits the Washington Redskins’ Bruce Smith and Marco Coleman with helping him with his rush angle and disguising it. He just wants to help, the way Smith and Coleman helped him. ‘‘They taught me that when you rush the passer, just like pitching a baseball, you want everything to look the same,’’ he said.
Lang doesn’t expect an assistant’s title, or added pay for his instructor duties - but he does have an ulterior motive.
‘‘I want these young guys to get better quickly so the Broncos get back to the Super Bowl,’’ he said.
Coach Mike Shanahan was satisfied with the progress made over the past two weeks by Thomas, quarterback Jay Cutler as well as the entire team.
‘‘I thought we got a lot of work done,’’ Shanahan said. ‘‘Cutler threw well, his timing is there, but he has to keep on doing that to get a feel for the supporting camp.’’
The quarterback camp leads up to much the same routine in two separate camps. The team camp is next, covering seven days of workouts over the next two weeks and then a two-day mini camp.
‘‘This is so when we do go to training camp in July where all of our players have a good feel for terminology and the direction that we’re trying to go in.’’ Shanahan said. ‘‘These are done at a very controlled speed because when you go to training camp you’re moving 100 miles an hour.’’
‘‘This is more of a teaching environment where training camp is in a hectic environment,’’ Shanahan said
|05-28-2007, 11:12 AM||#2|
Anybody want a peanut?
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Ceti Alpha V
It's pretty cool how Lang stepped in and filled the role that Marco Coleman vacated when he retired and Coleman was the one who helped him when he was in Washington. It all works out!
|05-28-2007, 05:08 PM||#4|
Join Date: Dec 2004
Maybe sign him to a new min contract and add him to the coaching pay to cover the other part of the pay. More cap space