ENGLEWOOD, Colorado. Garett Bolles is intense and a man on a mission. While he says he’s a better run blocker than pass protector, I’m thinking I’d still feel pretty safe behind him because I can see him biting heads of bats. But, he’d eat it, not spit it out. He’s facing Von Miller and he thinks it’s great. Not sure how many tackles in the league think like that.
As an aside, thank you Von and Shane for working with him, our future depends on what this guy can do. “I’m grateful that I have to go against those guys in practice and not at the game because those guys make tackles look bad and that’s what they do. That’s why they’re here. They’re here to make our team better, everything better. They’re great leaders. They’re in the locker room cheering people on and bringing people up. Like I said, I’m very grateful to be their teammate.”
“I feel very confident going into training camp, I really do. I spent a lot of time with Von Miller and Shane Ray and learning from them and Menelik Watson and Ron Leary. Those are guys I look up to a lot. I have a leader that plays center in Matt Paradis. Those guys literally help me every single day. I trust in them; I believe in them. Everything that they tell me, I just take to a whole different notch so I can be ready to play.”
As was echoed by Walker and Henderson, Bolles spoke often and at length about consistency is the key. “Just consistency. That’s the way it is in the NFL. You have to be consistent with the way your set, the way you eat, the way you sleep. Just being consistent in everything so that you can learn and beat the best of the best. My position is hard. I go against [OLB] Von Miller and [OLB] Shane Ray and guys like that. Our conference is so strong. So if I’m not being consistent, I’m going to give up sacks and things I don’t want to give up that’ll hurt my team. I have to be consistent with those things every single day.”
Bolles raved about Davidson and Strausser, I’d love to hear what the guys who were on the OL last year think. Please, someone ask one of them what difference they see, do they feel they’ve learned has their technique improved. Hint* Andrew Mason* “Absolutely, Coach Davidson and then his assistant Coach Strausser are 100 percent on technique and doing it over and over again to make sure our chests are over our feet, making sure we’re balancing, and making sure our feet aren’t shifting and our weight isn’t shifting back and forth between our legs. That’s how it is. He’s a great O-line coach. I have so much respect for him. I love that man and he’s going to make our o-line that much stronger.”
When it comes to the competition between he and Sambrailo, he had a great answer. However, anyone else wonder where is Don Stephenson in all this? Do I hear the sounds of curtains being closed? “I don’t care about that. I care about myself and where I go and what I do with the guys around me. I’m going to listen to Ron Leary, Menelik and Max Garcia that I’ll be playing next to. I’m just going to listen to those guys. I don’t care. It’s a competition. Me and Ty are good friends. I love Ty. He’s a great person. We have the same agent. He’s a heck of a player and he’s here for a reason. We’re just going to be together, battle it out, and the best man is going to win.” SO, no one asked him about Don and he didn’t mention him.
On whether he’d be disappointed if he didn’t start. “Nope, it wouldn’t be a disappointment because it’s on me. Like I said, if I don’t start, that’s my fault because I wasn’t prepared. I wasn’t doing the things I needed to do. If I do what I can do, and do everything I can possible, then I have a good chance.”
“They wouldn’t bring in all those guys if they didn’t think that. The guys that were here, they know what they needed, and they brought us in here and we rally around each other, we love each other, we’re joking and having a great time. That’s how our o-line is. That’s how it needs to be. That’s how it was when they won the Super Bowl, they were very close. So, that’s what we need to do to get to where we want to be.”
Folks, he spoke at length, so if you’re rather watch his presser, here it is.