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Old 05-07-2009, 03:58 PM   #1
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John Lynch, who briefly played in the New England Patriots' training camp after being released from the Broncos last summer, is in support of new Denver coach Josh McDaniels, the former Patriots coordinator, and is a big fan of new safety Brian Dawkins.

Lynch assessed the Broncos' busy and controversial offseason Thursday while wrapping up the 11th annual John Lynch Foundation "Salute the Stars" awards luncheon at Invesco Field at Mile High.

"I think the plan is starting to show itself," Lynch said. "For a long time, there hasn't been change here, and then all of a sudden there is a lot of change. And then people felt like they weren't addressing the things that need attention — the defense. They were tinkering with the offense, and ultimately we lost our quarterback, who was a stud. I have mixed feelings on that.

"But I like the fact that they're going after character players, guys that love football. That excites me."

Lynch, who will begin working as an NFL analyst on Fox next season, wouldn't elaborate on Denver's decision to trade quarterback Jay Cutler to Chicago. But during his opening comments to the outstanding local junior-high and high-school student-athletes he was honoring, Lynch said. "It all culminated when our quarterback didn't return calls from the owner. That's not the best idea for you young kids out there. You work for someone, you call them back."

Later during an interview, Lynch said he likes the way McDaniels has brought the "Patriot Way" to Denver, signing "character" players like Dawkins, the hard-hitting defensive leader from Philadelphia.

"I'm very fond of the way they do things in New England. That's why I went there, and I wouldn't have played anywhere else," Lynch said. "I went there for the opportunity to play for that organization, and I had an opportunity to be around Josh McDaniels and was thoroughly impressed.

"Believe me, you don't get to that position in that organization without the respect of a guy that's hard to earn respect of, and that's Bill Belichick. I think (McDaniels) is going to do some outstanding things."

About Dawkins, Lynch said: "Brian Dawkins is one of my good friends who I've had as much respect for as anyone, and getting him makes me really happy," Lynch said. "I think that defense has been missing (leadership). The best teams have multiple leaders, and you've lost Al Wilson and the void of myself, and they needed someone to come in and help guys like Champ (Bailey) and D.J. (Williams). I think (Dawkins) is one of the best that this league has seen and I'm excited to watch him play."


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Old 05-07-2009, 04:09 PM   #2
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Interesting that he uses "we" and "our".
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Interesting that he uses "we" and "our".
The exact same thing jumped out to me. I would have thought he would consider himself a Buccaneer more than a Bronco. Nice to see his time in Denver was so formative.
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he uses it the same way we do. Despite the teams he played on, he was a bronco fan before he got to the NFL.
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Well for all we know maybe he also talks that way about the Buccaneers. Either way, it's cool that he speaks that way about the Broncos. Not hard to understand why he was a fan favorite with both teams.
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Old 05-07-2009, 04:22 PM   #6
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Lynch obviously hasn't been reading the Mane.
Doesn't he know that McDaniels is a poopyhead and his offseason moves haven't helped the team so much as set it back decades?
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The exact same thing jumped out to me. I would have thought he would consider himself a Buccaneer more than a Bronco. Nice to see his time in Denver was so formative.
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The exact same thing jumped out to me. I would have thought he would consider himself a Buccaneer more than a Bronco. Nice to see his time in Denver was so formative.
That was me.

I ran into him a couple of years ago when his daughter and mine were together performing in a ballet recital. I went over to him, whispered I didn't want to cause a scene and bug him but wanted to shake his hand and tell him how much I liked his contribution to the Broncos. He smiled warmly at me, shook my hand and said, "Thanks!"

I think that was the moment he became a Bronco and forgot about the Buccs.

Yep. It was me.
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That was me.

I ran into him a couple of years ago when his daughter and mine were together performing in a ballet recital. I went over to him, whispered I didn't want to cause a scene and bug him but wanted to shake his hand and tell him how much I liked his contribution to the Broncos. He smiled warmly at me, shook my hand and said, "Thanks!"

I think that was the moment he became a Bronco and forgot about the Buccs.

Yep. It was me.
Thank you.
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That was me.

I ran into him a couple of years ago when his daughter and mine were together performing in a ballet recital. I went over to him, whispered I didn't want to cause a scene and bug him but wanted to shake his hand and tell him how much I liked his contribution to the Broncos. He smiled warmly at me, shook my hand and said, "Thanks!"

I think that was the moment he became a Bronco and forgot about the Buccs.

Yep. It was me.
That's awesome. I bet he gives you a whole chapter in his memoirs.
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That's awesome. I bet he gives you a whole chapter in his memoirs.
Don't tell anyone else but rumor has it he's going to ask me to write the entire Forward! How's that? Damn cool, huh?

Oh, and not one mention of the Buccs in his book, either. I totally wiped them out. As if that stint of his career never happened.
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Interesting that he uses "we" and "our".
He was a great Bronco and you got the feeling he genuinely loved playing for and living in the community.
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Of course he thought trading Cutler was assinine...anyone that knows anything about football knows that!
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Of course he thought trading Cutler was assinine...anyone that knows anything about football knows that!


He qualified it by saying Jay should have called Pat back...


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He was a great Bronco and you got the feeling he genuinely loved playing for and living in the community.
Lynch is easily one of the greatest to play the game, there have been better players than him, but few better people.
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Lynch is a bright and well spoken guy. I wonder how long before he finds himself in a booth?
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Lynch is a bright and well spoken guy. I wonder how long before he finds himself in a booth?
Just a guess, but judging from the part of the article that said he'll be working as an analyst for FOX this season, I'd guess late August or thereabouts.
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What the %$@ does Lynch know? Doesn't he read the Mane?
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He's a safety of course he likes the moves!!!!!
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Interesting that he uses "we" and "our".
I also thought that was really cool. Seem Denver had an lasting effect on him.

Makes one wonder if he get's into the hall would he go Bronco?

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Old 05-07-2009, 07:35 PM   #21
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I also thought that was really cool. Seem Denver had an lasting effect on him.

Makes one wonder if he get's into the hall would he go Bronco?
I would hope he goes in as a BUC. I think fans deserve that in Tampa because the supported him even after he left. You still heard them say great things about him. When I picture Lynch I picture him a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. He should go in as such.

Now I would expect him to mention the Broncos at his speech and give us fans a little something also.
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Don't tell anyone else but rumor has it he's going to ask me to write the entire Forward! How's that? Damn cool, huh?

Oh, and not one mention of the Buccs in his book, either. I totally wiped them out. As if that stint of his career never happened.
Awesome news. Any rumors on who will write the entire foreword though?
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He was a great Bronco and you got the feeling he genuinely loved playing for and living in the community.
Too bad he catches crap from so many uneducated fans after the way he left.
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... Lynch said. "It all culminated when our quarterback didn't return calls from the owner. That's not the best idea for you young kids out there. You work for someone, you call them back."
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This is what chaps my ass about those that call Cutler a Crybaby.

It is OK for Lynch, a guy who called himself a teamleader and role model, to be upset about his role being diminished and ask for a trade. Then when a younger player follows his lead the next year he is called a crybaby when he is lied to.

WTF?

A Classy Bronco?

He was at the end of his career, he should have accepted his role rather than leave a huge hole at the safety position for last year. He left his teammates out to dry but it is ok because he is full of class and a leader?

How can the younger players learn to accept their roll when 9 time probowlers get bent and ask for, and get, a trade?

He should shut his trap and go back to Tampa, he wanted out when he didn't like the situation. Why critique another player for doing the same thing?

Maybe if he lead by example better and accepted his role Cutler would have noticed a 9 time probowler actions and made a better choice when the call came in.

Lynch is a two faced lying sack of sheet.
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