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Old 08-02-2010, 12:20 PM   #1
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Ayers Wants to Dominate


Sunday was a new day for Broncos linebacker Robert Ayers.
And at the Broncos' first day of training camp, there was Ayers lined up at the strongside spot with the starting defense, a rather tidy jump from his brief sentence down the depth chart in the team's last public minicamp in June.
For something he still simply calls "a mistake I made, that's all," Ayers had been removed from the starting defense for the Broncos' final minicamp and, in fact, was given very few repetitions at any point in the defense during those workouts.
"But that didn't bruise my confidence, not at all," Ayers said Sunday. "I'm feeling very confident right now, more confident than I've ever been. And, hopefully, I can put it to use out here."

Ayers still contends he was "never in the doghouse" with Broncos coach Josh McDaniels with the very public minicamp demotion and that the two did eventually sit down and discuss the matter, which wasn't any legal issue, to iron things out.

It's all part of what he wants to leave behind, the pile of things Ayers now calls "things I don't want to talk about right now; the past is past."

The second-year linebacker was the 18th pick of the draft in 2009 one of two first-round picks by the Broncos but struggled at times as he made the transition from college defensive end to strongside NFL linebacker in the Broncos' 3-4 scheme.

Ayers started one game, at Philadelphia last December, but he finished with just 19 tackles in his spot duty and no sacks.

"When I looked at those games again, I didn't see myself out there. That's not me," Ayers said. "I know that, but that being said, the past is the past. I'm ready to move on. The coaches know it, I know it."

"I've always said the good thing about Robert is his expectations for himself are so high," Broncos linebacker Elvis Dumervil said.

"He understands the only thing you can do if you want to do better is to try to get better. He put in the work. No doubt about it."


While McDaniels has called Ayers' approach "professional" overall in the offseason, he consistently has lauded Jarvis Moss' work as well. And with Dumervil being the league's reigning sack king as well as coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance, any snaps Moss eventually earns could come at Ayers' expense if Ayers can't hold his ground in this training camp.

The Broncos also used Baraka Atkins, a free-agent signee who has played in 21 games in his career, plenty with the defense in the offseason drills.
"I want to improve on everything," Ayers said. "I want to be dominant, I want to be quick, I want to play fast, I want to execute, I want to do everything. But my big emphasis out here is to dominate.

"I want to dominate every player that lines up in front of me. That's what I've been focusing on, getting myself ready in the offseason to do that. That's what I expect of myself, to come out and dominate. I know I have to do that to keep the job."


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Old 08-02-2010, 12:27 PM   #2
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:28 PM   #3
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I don't know if 'the good thing' about Ayers is his high expectations is a good thing. I'd prefer if 'the good thing' about Ayers was that he's a Pro Bowler.
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I'd take a sack or two first, Robert
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Ayers likes to flap his gums a lot....walk before you can run.

Notch a few sacks/make a few plays and then start talking about domination.
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:37 PM   #8
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Ayers likes to flap his gums a lot....walk before you can run.

Notch a few sacks/make a few plays and then start talking about domination.
I can't remember ever hearing anything from Ayers?
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So did John Engelberger. Is there any player that doesn't want to dominate? Just show something on the field and the rest of your career will fall in place.
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I just want him to be a good team player and not get caught out of position or slow to read the play.

Do your job well and prepare and the rest will follow.
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How long til Ayers says they are holding him back playing read and react instead of "turning him loose."
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Ayers likes to flap his gums a lot....walk before you can run.

Notch a few sacks/make a few plays and then start talking about domination.
What would you like to hear? "I want to be an ok player... just keep the checks coming!"?

Ugh... people...
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What would you like to hear? "I want to be an ok player... just keep the checks coming!"?

Ugh... people...
I'd like to hear nothing from Ayers until he produces something beyond jack shiat.
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What would you like to hear? "I want to be an ok player... just keep the checks coming!"?

Ugh... people...
Maybe I'm just more of an actions speak louder than words type of person.

Talk is cheap.
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I'd like to hear nothing from Ayers until he produces something beyond jack shiat.
Word.
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I don't want a ton of sacks. I want him to set the edge and stop the run. If he gets sacks or even just hurries, then gravy. Just stop the run.
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I want to dominate your mother.

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I'd still like to know what it was that got him into a little trouble..anybody have an idea?
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She liked the last time you two met.
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I'd still like to know what it was that got him into a little trouble..anybody have an idea?
They kept it pretty quiet and I doubt anyone really knows. I have just assumed it was him making a ton of mental mistakes. Maybe making the same one over and over even after repeated coaching to correct it.
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I don't want a ton of sacks. I want him to set the edge and stop the run. If he gets sacks or even just hurries, then gravy. Just stop the run.
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At LB we need Ayers to step up. I could care less about pressure from him. I'm more concerned with seeing him set a solid edge on the SS and start stringing any OT running plays out or force them to bounce it back inside. We can make some significant strides in our run D if Ayers can just calm down, read his keys, and step up with reckless abandon. Ayodele was a great signing for how we use that LB. Last season we spent a good chunk of time slanting the DL to free up DJ and it paid off. Hope he continues that success this season and they blitz him more often. He's very effective up the middle.
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Epic win. I think it just seems like that's an area Ayers could be really good. Maybe we're biased because he's a converted DT, but one of those on the outside would do wonders for the defense as a whole.
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