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Old 10-04-2009, 10:08 PM   #1
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It is. The coach was the one who helped assemble the staff. This is a coaching staff that knows how to teach and get the most they can out of their players. McDaniels went hard after Nolan and McDaniels helps explain how each game is going to be won. By explaining this and then breaking the game plan down, and then clearly teaching the players how to execute it, the players have their roles simply and clearly explained. This eliminates mental errors and allows for each one to play confident because they know their job.

Now I understand that we have a lot of new pieces, but you have to give credit to McXanders there too because they identified the pieces they needed and put them together. Aside from Dawkins, we didn't bring in any world beaters, but we brought in guys that are tough, smart and buy-in. That was the strategy from the beginning.

Last year we were 29th on defense and would have been last had our offense not put up a lot of yards. We went from 29th to first place. And people don't think coaching is important? Now there is still a lot of football to be played, but this coaching staff is light years ahead of where the team was last year.

And to be fair, we didn't even play that great of a game! We gave up a ton of penalties on both sides and there were some situations where we broke down. We also need better punt and kickoff returns. Those are horrible. But that's what's so great about this team, they're still learning, still going and they usually correct their mistakes from one week to the next.
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Indeed. The thing that keeps sticking out to me, particularly in week one and today, is that no matter what happens we find ourselves in a position to win. A lot of teams are not able to do that.
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Amen! My first clue of the great coaching came when Brandon Stokley cruised along the front of the endzone to run off time before scoring in during the Immaculate Deflection. That is absolutely game situational awareness, something this team has in spades, and something that comes from coaching.

And nice Star Trek II reference in your profile. Khan!!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-04-2009, 10:16 PM   #4
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Amen! My first clue of the great coaching came when Brandon Stokley cruised along the front of the endzone to run off time before scoring in during the Immaculate Deflection. That is absolutely game situational awareness, something this team has in spades, and something that comes from coaching.

And nice Star Trek II reference in your profile. Khan!!!!!!!!!
Stokley is a smart player who did that on his own.
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Old 10-04-2009, 10:16 PM   #5
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Indeed. The thing that keeps sticking out to me, particularly in week one and today, is that no matter what happens we find ourselves in a position to win. A lot of teams are not able to do that.
Exactly. Even in preseason in the first three games we lost we were in every one of those games. This team has looked like it belonged on the field every time it took the field. They're not soft. They're physical, they're smart and they play hard until they won't let us anymore.
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In his interview on db.com Dumervil credited McD personally as being the guy that was constantly working with him on his individual technique.
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I love how McD had the players practicing tackling drills this week for the first time since training camp to get them ready for Barber and Choice.

Overall just brilliant coaching for situational football in every aspect of the game. I can honestly say I wouldn't trade this coaching staff for any in this league whatsoever.
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I will say this, 4 Broncos could not stop Barber. That guy is a god damn train. Im glad he didnt play the whole game.
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Indeed. The thing that keeps sticking out to me, particularly in week one and today, is that no matter what happens we find ourselves in a position to win. A lot of teams are not able to do that.
Good things happen when you play solid fundamental football in all phases.
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Saw McD huttling with some of offensive players during the game, couldn't imagine Shanny doing that. Seems to have more of a personal one-on-one relation with players, comes through in the post game pressers as well. Shanny seems very aloaf in comparision.

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McSnuggy got a hug today from Marshall. Enough said!
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Not only does the good coaching show in the 4-0, them playing more physical, the situational awareness stuff, but also it clearly shows in the half time adjustments we are making. The Cowboys score all of their points in the 1st quarter and were shut out the rest of the game.
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Exactly. Even in preseason in the first three games we lost we were in every one of those games. This team has looked like it belonged on the field every time it took the field. They're not soft. They're physical, they're smart and they play hard until they won't let us anymore.
Toward the end of the fourth quarter, I felt like I was watching the Broncos again. Not the sloppy, up and down recent version... but the old-school Broncos. Perhaps not the single most talented team in the league, but a team that fights its ass off and opposing teams aren't going to look forward to playing.

Sounded like Invesco was rocking today, too. This game really had that feeling, man. It's been a long time.

So proud of this team. I have no illusions of us going to the Superbowl, but I'm so stoked with the type of product we're putting out on the field.
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It is. The coach was the one who helped assemble the staff. This is a coaching staff that knows how to teach and get the most they can out of their players. McDaniels went hard after Nolan and McDaniels helps explain how each game is going to be won. By explaining this and then breaking the game plan down, and then clearly teaching the players how to execute it, the players have their roles simply and clearly explained. This eliminates mental errors and allows for each one to play confident because they know their job.

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Last year we were 29th on defense and would have been last had our offense not put up a lot of yards. We went from 29th to first place. And people don't think coaching is important? Now there is still a lot of football to be played, but this coaching staff is light years ahead of where the team was last year.

And to be fair, we didn't even play that great of a game! We gave up a ton of penalties on both sides and there were some situations where we broke down. We also need better punt and kickoff returns. Those are horrible. But that's what's so great about this team, they're still learning, still going and they usually correct their mistakes from one week to the next.

I dont think that its just coaching.

There's a motivational element to this team that hasnt been around in a long time. Its hard to pin down, but it looks like there is team leadership among the vets (Dawkins, Champ, Graham, Orton, DJ, Buckhalter, Davis, Haggan, Wiegmann, Stokely, Gaffney) and the youngsters (Moreno, Dumervil, Royal, Clady, Harris, Kuper, even Ayers to some extent...he works hard).

These guys FIGHT. This is a tough-minded team. Rabid dogs.
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I will say this, 4 Broncos could not stop Barber. That guy is a god damn train. Im glad he didnt play the whole game.
It didn't hurt that 2 big 300 pound Cowboy OLmen help push him over at the very end. But he didn't look like he was hurting anymore. But we still held him in check.
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McSnuggy got a hug today from Marshall. Enough said!
Lol, I cannot get my wife to watch the games but I replayed the last two minutes and "The Hug" for her and she declared that the Broncos have a special emotional bond this year...
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http://www.nfl.com/videos/denver-bro...ess-conference

"Forget all that off the field stuff...I went to Brandon Stokely and I said 'How can I be great? What makes Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson great?' and he said 'You gotta take advantage of that deep ball.'"

There's a lot of things right with this team. Marshall going to Stokely for guidance? ****ing sweet.
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Lol, I cannot get my wife to watch the games but I replayed the last two minutes and "The Hug" for her and she declared that the Broncos have a special emotional bond this year...


Ah...so its official. A wife has recognized and acknowledged authentic feelings.
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Sounded like Invesco was rocking today, too. This game really had that feeling, man. It's been a long time.
Very proud of the Denver fans for keeping it loud despite the S**T load of Cowboy fans there. I mean, it seemed like there were more Cowboy fans than Packer fans from MNF in 2007, or Steeler fans on SNF from that same year.
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I love this new idea of COACHING and TEACHING so refreshing.
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Not only does the good coaching show in the 4-0, them playing more physical, the situational awareness stuff, but also it clearly shows in the half time adjustments we are making. The Cowboys score all of their points in the 1st quarter and were shut out the rest of the game.
In every game the halftime adjustments have either outright won the game, or iced it. I don't know what magic they're cooking up back there, but I likes it!
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I love this new idea of COACHING and TEACHING so refreshing.
An administrator for the Broncos that I know used the word Refreshing to describe McD. You see towards the end everyone feared Shanny. Why wouldn't they? He fired everyone around him one by one until he was the last man standing.
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Saw McD huttling with some of offensive players during the game, couldn't imagine Shanny doing that. Seems to have more of a personal one-on-one relation with players, comes through in the post game pressers as well. Shanny seems very aloaf in comparision.

I was thinking the same thing. You'd never see Shanny doing this. He'd send one of his "minions" to do it for him.
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I dont think that its just coaching.

There's a motivational element to this team that hasnt been around in a long time. Its hard to pin down, but it looks like there is team leadership among the vets (Dawkins, Champ, Graham, Orton, DJ, Buckhalter, Davis, Haggan, Wiegmann, Stokely, Gaffney) and the youngsters (Moreno, Dumervil, Royal, Clady, Harris, Kuper, even Ayers to some extent...he works hard).

These guys FIGHT. This is a tough-minded team. Rabid dogs.
Yeah man....It can't be the coaching.
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