|08-04-2007, 04:07 AM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2006
Cutler, Nalen get timing down
The exchange from center is supposed to be one of the most basic aspects of playing quarterback.
But in Jay Cutler's five-game run as starter last season, it wasn't second nature.
The early chemistry between Tom Nalen and the rookie quarterback was rough. Five times, the ball went on the ground, with Denver losing it once, in Cutler's debut, Dec. 3 against Seattle.
That issue hasn't cropped up in the least at training camp through eight full practices. Cutler pulled out early once on the snap and lost the ball. But that has been it, unlike the timing issues that were the root of the problem last year.
"Tommy's just a different snapper," Cutler said Friday. "He anticipates the count really well. He's been doing it for a long time. So a lot of times he kind of surprised me of how quick he got the ball up. It's just working with him and just being ready."
Assistant head coach/offense Mike Heimerdinger said the first time backup quarterback Patrick Ramsey worked with Nalen this offseason, Nalen's quick trigger also led to a bobble.
"They all tell each other, but until you do it, you don't realize how good Tommy is and how well he anticipates the snap count and gets us off the ball," Heimerdinger said.
|08-04-2007, 05:00 AM||#2|
Happenin Homer Homie
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: In The Loft / Dog House
NEXT BIG STAR
As simple as this seems,it was a huge drive killer and a super frustraiting problem last season...
I truely hope this is now a thing of the past and never is a concern again...
From the camp reports,it seem like a problem,no more...
|08-04-2007, 07:44 AM||#3|
Join Date: Aug 2005
Makes me sick how Broncos O-Line hating has robbed Nalen of at least two Pro Bowls he deserved. That'll make HOF a real longshot for him.