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jletourneau
07-31-2005, 11:02 AM
This morning was the first practice in pads. I tried to focus more specifically on defense today and was very impressed. The defense is playing with a lot of pride and energy. There seems to be a good number of turnovers being forced and the defense is really looking strong.

Ian Gold looks fantastic. He is bringing a tremendous level of energy and passion to the defense to complement that of Al Wilson's. From what I've seen the last two days, he is well worth the money we spent and if I had to bet, I'd say he is primed to have his best season as a pro. He is really elevating the energy out there and is like having a second captain along with Al Wilson.

D.J. Williams seems to be making the transition to the SAM backer very well. He is solid in coverage and is shedding blocks very well to get back in pursuit of the play and has been right in the thick of it. Looks like he's gotten even stronger this offseason.

Al Wilson is playing great and already laying some great licks on ball carriers. Same old Al, but seems to be benefitting from having Gold back at his side.

Our first team DT's right now are G. Warren and M. Myers. Myers looks very solid and seems like he will contribute well, he had a fumble recovery on a fumbled snap. Can't get a great read on Warren right now. But he isn't looking lazy or anything. There's not much room for intense pass rush in the scrimmages so Warren hasn't been cut loose like he likes. But he and Myers are doing a great job clogging the the pocket for our LB's to wreak havoc.

Courtney Brown and Ekuban sat out again today, but more for rest reasons to ease him back in. Marco Coleman looked excellent again as his replacement and is working very, very hard. Pryce was everywhere today. In the backfield on runs and passes and was great in pursuit of the run. Held up a number of running plays and really gave our RB's fits. He looked like his strength is really coming back.

The second team d-line was manned by Engleberger, Palepoi, Monsanto Pope and Fatafehi. Fatafehi was solid, as usual. Pope impressed me today as he really seemed to affect the direction of the pile at times. He was always in the mix. Engleberger had some moments of good pursuit and Palepoi didn't show much until he had a real nice coverage deflection on Q. Griffin on a screen.

During a minor team unit drill, I saw them use the 3-4/hybrid scheme for the first time by using Chuckwurah at rush end similar to the Patriots' use of McGinest. THey were really working on his ability then to drop back off the line into the 3-4 in coverage.

Lenny Walls had another very nice practice. He had one INT off a D. Watts bobble and another couple of deflections, one specifically on R. Smith during scrimmage. Champ played solid and held his man in check.

Nick Ferguson and Lynch really held there own and seemed very comfortable playing together at safety, neither missed a beat. Second team safety was LeSueur and Sam Brandon instead of Chris Young. Young manned the third unit with B. Browner. Young has been virtually non existent. Sam Brandon has had some peaks and valleys and LeSueur is doing well while he adjusts other than some tweaking by the coaches. Brandon Browner had a very nice play on a ball deep in coverage that earned him some looks.

Second team CB's were Foxworth and D. Williams today and both played solid, Foxworth better than Williams. Roc Alexander was pushed to third team with Paymah and Shoate sat out. Curome Cox didn't show much during play, but showed good work ethic when he chased down R. Dayne when he was lazy about finishing a running play and forced a fumble.

Todd Sauerbrunn, other than one shank, was BOOMING the ball. One went at least 70 yards and the others were easily in the 55-65 range. D. Williams was the first string return man followed by T. Luke and Charlie Adams with Rod and Champ getting a little work making catches as well. Mike Leach was the only long snapper to get work during the special teams session.

The defense looked very good. A lot to be hopeful about as their intensity outshined the offense most of the time. Much thanks to Ian Gold and L. Walls.

QB was solid today, Plummer was strong and Kanell looked a little better today. Van Pelt played better than yesterday and Mauck showed pretty good decision making along with a long scramble down the sideline during scrimmage.

Dayne and Clarett didn't get much time today. Q. Griffin got a lot of work after sitting out yesterday, but he fumbled once today and got eaten alive by Palepoi on a screen. Tatum didn't look to play with much desire. He easily gets through the line of scrimmage faster than any other back, but doesn't seem to have a lot of fire driving him. I was more dissapointed in him today. M.A. looks the most solid of the group. Nothing spectacular, just typical Mike. He and Tatum are sharing the #1 duties but M.A. is winning the battle so far. Griffin is easily ahead of DAyne on the depth chart if you go by P.T.

Watts had two bad drops today, one for an INT, but redeemed himself with a couple of nice catches later. Jerry Rice did well, and moved the chains for the offense a couple of times against the first team defense. Luke didn't do much. Crenshaw was okay and B.J. Johnson continues not to impress. Todd Devoe, WOW, again he really made himself stand out as he got the cheer of the day from the crowd. He was on a deep play down the sideline and was right in the mix of coverage when he fought hard for the ball, knocked it away from the CB, and made a play for a great catch that would have been a TD, Van Pelt made a nice throw. Charlie Adams was very consistent again.

Nate Jackson spent most of today at TE instead of WR and really impressed. He was playing right behind Putz and Alexander who other than one bad drop by Alexander, both played very well and we have reason to expect a lot from our TE's . Jackson was ahead of Hape and caught everything today, including a short one hand extended grab in coverage. Very clutch. W. Duke didn't get much work.

I didn't get to see much from the o-line, but blocking looked solid, maybe still getting in synch a little. George Foster got great praise from coaches and A. Clement got a good yell from Shanny himself. Chris Myers seemed to get some decent work today and faired well.

Let me know if you have any questions. But for the most part, the defense really put on a show and is showing signs of improving its consistent intensity and turnovers. Good practice highlighted by the defense. A prediction if I go by the last two days of practice, Ian Gold will make the pro bowl this year and be a big time playmaker in pass rush and all over the field. Just my opinion though.

jletourneau
07-31-2005, 11:08 AM
Oh , one more thing, Bell had one really bad play where he got lazy right past the line of scrimmage today and got the ball stripped from him because of it. Not good for him, very obvious to everyone. I hope he can turn it around and add some fire to his natural abilities.

ttejuco
07-31-2005, 11:12 AM
Great post. Just bring em on!

Rage236
07-31-2005, 12:01 PM
I really have to thank you guys. You make living in San Diego much more manageable, being able to hear this stuff out of training camp.

BTW, did you see anything on Ernster? How good was the return game by Williams, Luke and the others? were they just fielding the kicks or actually runnin em back?

Its very encouraging to hear about all of these turnovers the defense is making, and not because of poor offensive play generally, but because of good defensive play. If that is truly the case, our offense will become that much better and push our defense even higher. For those who attended camp last year, is there a drastic improvement, or am I just gettin a bit too energetic, optimistic and ahead of myself?

haha... :D

BroncosB2B
07-31-2005, 12:05 PM
Tatum, get your head out of your ass and fight for that number 1 job. Your talent supercedes any other back on the roster. Use it to your full ability!

jletourneau
07-31-2005, 12:08 PM
I really have to thank you guys. You make living in San Diego much more manageable, being able to hear this stuff out of training camp.

BTW, did you see anything on Ernster? How good was the return game by Williams, Luke and the others? were they just fielding the kicks or actually runnin em back?

Its very encouraging to hear about all of these turnovers the defense is making, and not because of poor offensive play generally, but because of good defensive play. If that is truly the case, our offense will become that much better and push our defense even higher. For those who attended camp last year, is there a drastic improvement, or am I just gettin a bit too energetic, optimistic and ahead of myself?

haha... :D

Ernster had one real good punt. but a couple of shanks out of bounds as well. His chance at the roster will really rely on kickoff specialist duties if anything. Williams, etc. were just fielding punts, weren't returning them today unfortunately.

GIVEME6
07-31-2005, 12:29 PM
Tatum, get your head out of your ass and fight for that number 1 job. Your talent supercedes any other back on the roster. Use it to your full ability!

Amen to that! It seems like he's just going through the motions out there. The job isn't handed to anyone on this team, and he better realize that. Getting the ball poked out from under his arm... :ugh:

ReleaseTheBeast7
07-31-2005, 12:56 PM
You know what I say? I say we let Mike Anderson start this year, then we draft DeAngelo Williams or Reggie Bush in this years draft! :rockon:

Tibs2go
07-31-2005, 12:57 PM
Good reporting. I'm living in Georgia so i enjoy any extra information about the Broncs I can get. Thanks so much.

RunYouOver
07-31-2005, 02:44 PM
Thanks for all the info :beer:

Tatum really needs to have some desire to play, Shannahan needs to sit him down and tell him that he needs to show some hustle if he wants to start, and that if he starts, it would really help him out in the long run :duh:

Denver'sChamp
07-31-2005, 03:22 PM
Bell can't get lazy. he has the tru potential. Tatum has to focus on ball control, in order ot beat the Raiders and Chiefs.

Bronx84
07-31-2005, 04:35 PM
You know what I say? I say we let Mike Anderson start this year, then we draft DeAngelo Williams or Reggie Bush in this years draft! :rockon:
Yeah exactly if Tatum doesn't try why should he even get a chance.Oh and thatnks for the report again.

arapaho
08-02-2005, 11:26 AM
thanks :beer: