ENGLEWOOD, Colorado. Today was the second day of OTA’s, but no open viewing was allowed. In case you’re wondering, we do know that Lynch was t take the ones, but there are no reports on how he did. Plus, no offense coaches were on hand to ask.
Not having the press there analyzing everything, is probably a good thing, as we saw yesterday, it was overdone. We did get three great videos to watch and chuckle over. So, a good win day.
No offense to last season’s coaches that were relieved of duty, but this crop is full of life. Maybe it’s because it’s Spring and everything is new and hopeful, but all the coaches are a breath of fresh air.
Joe Woods has come into his own and radiates enthusiasm and confidence. He and his fellow coaches who get more used to the limelight, really show bright, upbeat personas that was missing under Kubiak. Except for Wade, Overcast and gloom was the forecast with them.
Sorry to go on, but coaches set the tone. Attitude is contagious. That was lacking last season. If you only chose one video to watch, pick Olivo. Seriously. Not only is he intense, but what he says is worth hearing if you want to learn how they pick who returns punts and who returns kicks. He gives a great perspective on why Special Teams is so important.
Hopefully, you can find the time to watch all three because each one is uplifting and gives an inside look into the mentality this team is building.
DC Joe Woods gave a tweet worthy quote when he said he didn’t want to change the foundation or the fingerprints, he wants to,
“…sprinkle a little sugar on it. It’s something that will give us a little change up, make offenses work at the line of scrimmage. That’s all we’re doing.”
He said the NFL is a copycat league hinting that maybe the run stop on defense was maybe a little lower because teams studied them. They now need to evaluate the scheme and see what they’re doing as coaches and players to fix any errors.
His goal from the defense is to play tough, smart and fast. To be schematically better than the other teams. That’s his challenge to them, “I talk to the guys and I tell them, ‘We need to win with 11.’ We need 11 guys doing their job, executing, playing physical and playing fast.
“We’re trying to make sure we’re coaching the right things in terms of what we’re asking our players to do. We need those guys to go out and execute their job, that’s all.”
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) May 24, 2017
Posting word for word a small piece of what Brock Olivo said because it’s worth reading and hearing. On both Isaiah McKenzie and Carlos Henderson and why he has clear cut choices on who he wants to us and where.
“Love that guy. He’s got juice and he’s a linear speed guy, whereas Isaiah is sort of a shifty guy, a C.O.D. (change of direction) guy. Carlos is your downhill, run behind your pads, run through smoke—as we say for kickoff returners. He’s got courage. That’s the type of kid we like as a kick returner. So, very, very excited about Carlos, as well. He runs angry with the ball in his hands, and we love that.”
Number one, catching punts, to begin with, is very difficult, in the NFL especially because you’ve got gunners flying down the field, you’ve got the PP (punt protection) and they’re all very fast, and they’re in your face. It can be a violent phase because there’s so much speed. But to catch a punt, number one, is difficult—to track it, to read it off the punter’s foot, you’ve got to know is it a right-footed punter or is it a left-footed punter, because the ball flies differently. So that’s one. And then coaching, or learning, from a player’s perspective, the technique: having independent feet, being able to beat the ball to the spot—and that’s before you’ve even caught it. And then you’ve got to worry about making these amazing athletes outside miss. So, a punt returner tends to be a little more—he has a little more shake to him, a little more lateral movement. And obviously if you can find the guy who has lateral movement and the home-run speed, you’ve struck gold there.
“A kick returner tends to be more of a linear-speed guy, like a Carlos Henderson, Cody Latimer-type guys who can stick their foot in the ground and get north and south really fast. They have courage to run through smoke, like I mentioned earlier. They tend to weigh a little bit more. He’s running against the coverage, whereas a lot of times the punt returners are running away from it. It’s just different angles between the two phases, but you like those guys to be able to run behind their pads and they tend to be a little bigger. There’s a lot of difference. Plus, it’s easier to catch a kickoff. It’s easier to track one and to beat a kickoff to the spot. There’s a lot of stuff. I could go on a lot with this stuff because I’m passionate—unapologetically passionate—about it.”
He also spoke about implementing a points competition, with the team having an end of year celebratory dinner. They would be competing against each other, but also the rest of the NFL. Extra motivation.
In case you wondering, yes Von Miller was asked about game celebrations and yes he’s thrilled they’re back. He gave a lengthy answer on his plans. Woo!
He also gave a great answer about the difference between being hungry and being greedy. Flashes of Gordon Gecko and Wall Street flashed across my mind. Yes, greed is good 🙂 “Moral of defense is being greedy. Sometimes when you’re hungry and you make a play, you ease up. But if you have that greedy mindset—I want one sack, two sacks, three sacks, four sacks—I don’t even want him to pass the ball. I think it works a lot better especially with my position and with what I do. Hungry, you can kind of fade a little bit, but being greedy, it’s always there. It’s the mindset and it’s a trait. On defense, I think me and Shane have that.”
I thought we were relentless, especially with the cards that we were dealt with guys being hurt and the struggles that we had on both sides of the ball and special teams. I felt like we played hard. We play hard every time we go out there. We play hard and we play like pros. We play like how we’re supposed to play. You don’t always win, but nobody is slopping it out. We go out there and we try to win. In the National Football League, that’s really the only thing that matters, especially when I’m going out there with my guys. We’re trying to win. It doesn’t always happen like that, but that is the main goal. I certainly think we have a lot more this year than we did last year.”
“Goals and roles change every single year. I just want to be in great shape. I want to push my body to a spot that it has never been before. You’re never guaranteed that working hard off the field will translate to on-the-field success, but that is what I am hoping for this year. I’ve never worked as hard as I am working this offseason. Things don’t always happen like you want them to, but I’m hoping that work off the field translates over to the field. I’m just going to take it one play at a time and one game at a time. I’m going to continue to work on leadership and continue to lead my guys in the locker room. Good things always happen, especially here. I’m just taking in one day at a time. Whatever happens, I’m going to be OK with.”