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Old 10-01-2009, 12:10 PM   #1
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Good stuff from LB coach Don Martindale.

http://www.gazette.com/sports/ayers-...englewood.html

ENGLEWOOD – Outside linebacker Robert Ayers is coming along just fine.

At first glance, the Denver Broncos’ first-round pick hasn’t lived up to expectations, with only one tackle and no other stats through three games. But linebackers coach Don Martindale explained that Ayers, who has played in the Broncos’ nickel defense on passing downs, has done plenty that doesn’t show up in the stat sheet and is making a normal progression for a rookie.

“He’s doing a lot of good things in our team defensive scheme that people don’t see and recognize,” Martindale said.

Martindale offered an example: Against the Browns, Ayers’ responsibility on certain plays was to “set the edge,” or keep the quarterback contained in the pocket. Ayers held his ground against Cleveland Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas. Dumervil benefited with a four-sack day.

“That was able to free up Elvis Dumervil, along with everybody else,” Martindale said. “If he doesn’t play his role in that pass rush, in that situation, Brady Quinn is able to get out of the pocket. There’s things like that, times that we ask him to do a lot of different things other than just rush the passer or setting the edge of the defense. I’m really excited about him.”

The Broncos admit Ayers isn’t a finished product. He’s still learning the nuances of the defense and of playing outside linebacker after being primarily a defensive end in college. Martindale said Ayers is working in a positive direction toward becoming a full-time starter, but all of Denver’s starting linebackers ahead of him are playing well.

The team is fine with how Ayers has fared so far as a rookie.

“I have nothing but good things to say about Robert Ayers,” Martindale said. “I think he’s right on schedule.”

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Considering he's a rookie and was a late bloomer in college, I'm glad he's even getting on the field. Must be doing enough things to warrant the playing time.
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Old 10-01-2009, 12:29 PM   #3
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I'll give him this... he is freakishly sttrong at the POA. Joe Thomas was having a real tough time dealing with Ayers 1 on 1.
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Old 10-01-2009, 12:38 PM   #4
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I'll give him this... he is freakishly sttrong at the POA. Joe Thomas was having a real tough time dealing with Ayers 1 on 1.
If by tough time you mean holding the **** out of Ayers then yeah.
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Old 10-01-2009, 12:38 PM   #5
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I'll give him this... he is freakishly sttrong at the POA. Joe Thomas was having a real tough time dealing with Ayers 1 on 1.
He is strong, I still think he eventually ends up on the inside as a 3-tech DL though. He excelled at that position in college among other just having a field day with Andre Smith, and with his strength and quickness he could be a serious force in there.
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He is strong, I still think he eventually ends up on the inside as a 3-tech DL though. He excelled at that position in college among other just having a field day with Andre Smith, and with his strength and quickness he could be a serious force in there.
If he can ever develop some awareness in space (both in the run and passing game) he could be a dominant SOLB... Add to that we could kick him inside in some 4-3 looks.

Point is, I hope he develops as an OLB though I agree they could eventually put him on the line if his stand up game doesn't develop.
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Old 10-01-2009, 03:42 PM   #7
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I'll give him this... he is freakishly sttrong at the POA. Joe Thomas was having a real tough time dealing with Ayers 1 on 1.
Did you see him at the senior bowl?

He was literally running over offensive linemen in drills
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Old 10-01-2009, 04:04 PM   #8
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Can you imagine down the line Doom and Ayers on the outside causing havoc OMG!
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Can you imagine down the line Doom and Ayers on the outside causing havoc OMG!

Hopefully they will be our version of James Harrison and Lamar Woodley!
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Hopefully they will be our version of James Harrison and Lamar Woodley!
Wasn't Lamar Woodley the railroad tyrant in Blazing Saddles?
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Wasn't Lamar Woodley the railroad tyrant in Blazing Saddles?
Sounds right ... Harvey Kormann? Wasn't there a Hedley Lamarr too?
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:06 PM   #12
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No, that was his brother, Hedley Lamar.
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If by tough time you mean holding the **** out of Ayers then yeah.
DAMN I wish I could have seen this .... I was at the game, and because it wasn't on in Seattle I couldn't DVR it.
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Somewhere, Jarvis Moss is crying
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I am not. dude should have 30 sacks by now and 8 int's.
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I'm no fan of Ayers but, I'll give him time to see what we have not very many rookies star day 1.
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He's already ahead of Moss just by being active for games.
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No, that was his brother, Hedley Lamar.
Hedley Lamar, thats it.
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Ayers is playing better today. Almost got a sack on the first pass play of the game and stopped a screen pass from developing.
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He's already ahead of Moss just by being active for games.
Beat me too it. Jarvis is back in his familiar pose, that is, inactive.
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Old 10-04-2009, 04:27 PM   #21
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One thing you've got to give Ayers, he never gives up. I don't know how many plays where he's been asked to take the inside blitz, is blocked from the outset, and just keeps pushing and working until next thing you know he's the inside pressure preventing QBs from stepping away from Doom.

He's got the speed and agility of a 240 pound LB, the strength of a 290 pound DT, and it comes in a 270 pound package. If they can just teach him the finer points of coverage, run support, and pass rush technique he could be real impressive to watch.
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I thought Ayers took a huge step forward today...very nice.
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He seems to get a little better every week. I'll take that.
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Really good game today, got lots of pressure.
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It's remarkable he's progressed enough to be on the field for the most crucial downs of the game ...

And he never gives up, nice motor.
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