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Old 06-05-2009, 03:07 PM   #1
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The quiet anchor at left tackle is working on technique and learning McDaniels' new offense.
By Lindsay H. Jones
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Ryan Clady became the reliable rookie on the Broncos' offensive line, allowing just half a sack in 16 starts last season. (Steve Nehf, The Denver Post)Note to any Denver Bronco looking for a nice place to relax: You might want to try the back left corner of the locker room and pull up a chair between Ryan Clady's locker on the left and Kyle Orton's on the right.

It might be the quietest place in the whole building.

"We're both kind of quiet guys, so we don't really say a whole lot to each other," Orton said, laughing.

But Orton, who is competing with Chris Simms for the starting quarterback job, and starting left tackle Clady don't need to have hours-long, heart-to-heart conversations to create a successful partnership on the field.

All Orton needs to see is Clady's giant 6-foot-6, 325-pound body and to read this stunning line from Clady's bio: Last year, as a rookie, he allowed only half a sack in 16 starts. That's all it takes to be a quarterback's best friend.

"He's a great player," Orton said. "It's always a great thing to have that guy at left tackle that can really lock it down."

Denver's offensive line allowed only 12 sacks in 2008, a franchise record and tied for the fewest in the NFL. And because of that performance, the offensive line returns intact for 2009 — the only unit on the team that was virtually untouched in the transition from Mike Shanahan to Josh McDaniels.


"It's not too hard to believe because of how well we played, but it was a pretty crazy offseason, and you kind of realize how much of a business this is," Clady said.

The biggest piece of that group — literally — is Clady, who said he has plenty of room to improve off that rookie season. As the team goes through its voluntary workouts and passing camp, Clady said he is focusing on technique, improving his hand placement and footwork, and adjusting to McDaniels' new offense.

"Trying to make every workout, and working hard at the workouts," Clady said. "I'm just trying to know the offense, and adjusting to the offense."

Clady spent his offseason back home in Rialto, Calif., working out on his own before returning to Denver in March to train with his teammates, even if he remains somewhat of an enigma in the Dove Valley facility.

"He's got a personality, you just don't see it a whole lot. And that's OK, that's great. We have guys that have personalities that I wish they would put in their shell once in a while," McDaniels said. "Ryan's one of those guys that sometimes you get more out of him than you think, and sometimes he's real quiet and to himself. But he's a good kid, he fits in really well with our team and we're happy to have him."


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Old 06-05-2009, 03:44 PM   #2
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Love Clady. Very hopeful our new QB doesn't cost our line credit by playing poorly.
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Puff piece.
Yikes, #27, can't you just enjoy things a little? What's wrong with a nice little missive from locker room? Lighten up!
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"It's always a great thing to have that guy at left tackle that can really lock it down."
How does this change for Chris Simms, a lefty?

I guess Clady still goes against the best pass-rusher, and after all Ryan Harris is also a beast.....
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Yikes, #27, can't you just enjoy things a little? What's wrong with a nice little missive from locker room? Lighten up!
Just pointing out that there's no substance to the story...here's what I got from this; Clady is big, good, quiet, and working hard.

I guess I figure if you get paid to write, you should actualy write.
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Love Clady. Very hopeful our new QB doesn't cost our line credit by playing poorly.
I think they give up about 7-10 more sacks, but also improve the run game.

IMO Broncos will better in the redzone because they have more options at RB so that will help a bit IMO.
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I figure Cutler saved the oline with his feet 10-15 times last yr at least.

But Broncos will throw a tad less so Orton should be ok if he can make quick decisions.
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I figure Cutler saved the oline with his feet 10-15 times last yr at least.

But Broncos will throw a tad less so Orton should be ok if he can make quick decisions.
Agreed, but Orton isn't Bledsoe, those 10-15 would probably 10-12 for Orton, more sacks yes, but just because a guy manages the VERY rare feat of beating Clady dosen't mean Orton just falls down. Disclaimer - I am not overly impressed by Orton, just pointing out he IS an NFL player who has started and won a few games.
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Just pointing out that there's no substance to the story...here's what I got from this; Clady is big, good, quiet, and working hard.

I guess I figure if you get paid to write, you should actualy write.
No, you also learned:
1. Orton's locker and Clady's locker are next to each other.
2. They're both very quiet dudes.
3. McD has already identified the extroverts on the team.

That stuff is sort of interesting.
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I have concerns that they may not be communicating enough as a result, QB and LT need to be inside one another heads to perform at top level on the field. They might have something with the whole he is just laid back like me approach though. Limited worth in the article, but there is a little there to think about. I think the writer probably stumbled onto anything significant though, he was trying to write a feel good piece for sure.
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No, you also learned:
1. Orton's locker and Clady's locker are next to each other.
2. They're both very quiet dudes.
3. McD has already identified the extroverts on the team.

That stuff is sort of interesting.
Yeah...I'm glad I know where Clady's locker is now...I've been wondering.
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But Broncos will throw a tad less so Orton SIMMS should be ok if he can make quick decisions.
Fixed. I've seen him quite a lot, you guys are gonna love him, mark my words.
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on the plus side, if he starts we won't have to listen to his dad announce any of our games
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I'm sure we're shopping him as we speak he's too talented.

But we have Lonnie Paxton making 2 mil so we're set!
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Love Clady. Very hopeful our new QB doesn't cost our line credit by playing poorly.
i agree, but what looks worse for the team as a whole. A QB taking a sack instead of forcing a bad pass, or the line looking good while the QB forces a pass that results in a turnover.

i think the line play will be as good or possibly better considering another year of experience, but the numbers might not be as great, because Orton isn't the QB who is going to dodge pass rushers and get the ball out of his hands or throw ill advised passes to avoid a sack. he will take a sack and realize he can get the yards back on the next play.
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No, you also learned:
1. Orton's locker and Clady's locker are next to each other.
2. They're both very quiet dudes.
3. McD has already identified the extroverts on the team.

That stuff is sort of interesting.
Actually I kind of agree. While not front page news, each of these things are interesting to me as a Broncos fan.

The one piece of the O-line puzzle that still worries me a little is center. I'm just a little concerned how much longer our current starter is going to be able to go, and what we've got behind him.
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i agree, but what looks worse for the team as a whole. A QB taking a sack instead of forcing a bad pass, or the line looking good while the QB forces a pass that results in a turnover.

i think the line play will be as good or possibly better considering another year of experience, but the numbers might not be as great, because Orton isn't the QB who is going to dodge pass rushers and get the ball out of his hands or throw ill advised passes to avoid a sack. he will take a sack and realize he can get the yards back on the next play.
Like everyone, I'd much rather us take a sack than throw a stupid pass into coverage and possibly turn the ball over. But with that being said, if Orton does start, I think from the sounds of it he's going to suprise some people. I mean, he doesn't exactly have concrete in his shoes (even if he's not as evasive as Cutler was).
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I think they give up about 7-10 more sacks, but also improve the run game.

IMO Broncos will better in the redzone because they have more options at RB so that will help a bit IMO.
I think that number will be a higher, and I think the run game improves out of necessity alone. Nothing to be handing out gold stars about.
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Agreed, but Orton isn't Bledsoe, those 10-15 would probably 10-12 for Orton, more sacks yes, but just because a guy manages the VERY rare feat of beating Clady dosen't mean Orton just falls down. Disclaimer - I am not overly impressed by Orton, just pointing out he IS an NFL player who has started and won a few games.
There's a lot more to it than that... Ortons probably smart enough to handle the calls and blitz ID, but is he effective rolling out? Will McD even use him that way?

Waggles and boots saved the OL a lot of headache when edge rushers have to play contain first in passing situations... it's why Jake Plummer had a year with very few sacks too...
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i agree, but what looks worse for the team as a whole. A QB taking a sack instead of forcing a bad pass, or the line looking good while the QB forces a pass that results in a turnover.

i think the line play will be as good or possibly better considering another year of experience, but the numbers might not be as great, because Orton isn't the QB who is going to dodge pass rushers and get the ball out of his hands or throw ill advised passes to avoid a sack. he will take a sack and realize he can get the yards back on the next play.
I think youve got Kyle Orton built into something entirely diff in your head...
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