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    It was nice to find a non-Cutler story out there. This article really clarifies for the first time, for me, why McD threw FA cash at Arrington. The bolded part especially made me look at McD and see that this type of thinking is probably part of what Bowlen saw in the kid.

    DANA POINT, Calif. — Back home at Dove Valley, running backs signed up in Lawrence Welk rhythm.

    A one (Correll Buckhalter), and a two (J.J. Arrington), and a three (LaMont Jordan).

    Out in the Broncos' audience, head scratching intensified. What exactly were they doing at running back?

    The Broncos went through seven running backs last season because of injuries. The number seemed high until it became evident the Broncos' new administration of Josh McDaniels and Brian Xanders never met a free-agent running back they didn't like.

    Buckhalter, Arrington and Jordan, all situational-type backs last season and for most of their careers, were plucked from the market. And the Broncos would have signed another backup running back, Derrick Ward, had they not run out of money.

    Why so many rotational-type backs, after a season in which the team went through too many backs? In this case, misdirection leads to comprehension. The tendency is to look first for a No. 1 tailback. The 20-25 carry workhorse.

    The offense McDaniels brought with him from New England concentrates on the back end of a tailback committee, the role reserved for third down. Or put another way, the down where drives are either killed or sustained.

    "One of the most difficult positions to play in this league anymore is the third-down back because of all the crazy looks you get from the defense and the blitzing that goes on," McDaniels said at the NFL owners meetings. "That's how you protect your quarterback against all these crazy looks that are going on, and they're just going to get crazier."

    There is a noticeable intensity in McDaniels, an excitement in talking about something other than his unfortunate situation with quarterback Jay Cutler. McDaniels badly wants to resolve the friction with his quarterback, but an exchange of text messages the past two days had not produced a conversation as of Wednesday night.

    Until then, the subject of running backs is a welcome diversion. In the Patriots' near-dynastic run, they have gone through a few No. 1 tailbacks. Antoine Smith, Corey Dillon, Laurence Maroney. The only constant in the Patriots' run was their swing guy, third-down specialist Kevin Faulk.

    He doesn't pick up many yards — only, it seems, the important ones. And many times what Faulk picks up is not yards but pass rushers.

    As McDaniels went about resetting the Broncos' backfield this season, his priority was not to find the next Terrell Davis or Clinton Portis but Faulk. McDaniels thinks he found him while watching Super Bowl XLIII between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals on Feb. 1.

    The quarter started with the Cardinals down 20-7. They had to pass and the Steelers, who zone-blitz out of a 3-4 defense like no other, were going after stationary quarterback Kurt Warner. By the two-minute warning, the Steelers were gassed and trailing and needed a clutch scoring drive from their own quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to pull out a 27-23 victory.

    In defeat, Arrington would win over a new team for a four-year, $10 million contract.

    "J.J. Arrington was the only back who played in the fourth quarter for the Arizona Cardinals in the Super Bowl," McDaniels said. "That tells you all you need to know. They were trailing. Obviously, Pittsburgh is a blitzing team and they trusted him enough to be the only guy to play in the fourth quarter because he had to pick up the blitz against good linebackers and he caught a couple passes. And he did that all year."


    And Arrington did all that in the Super Bowl with torn knee cartilage, since surgically repaired. As Arrington limped into Dove Valley last month, he fit in all too well with the stable of running backs. Holdovers Peyton Hillis, Selvin Young and Ryan Torain all suffered season-ending injuries last year.

    Any back who comes off an injury one year is automatically labeled a question mark the next. This leads to another reason why the Broncos went back crazy in free agency.

    "I think we're all finding out each year how important it is to have multiple backs," McDaniels said. "Denver found out last year. We found out the same year. We were playing with BenJarvus Green-Ellis for three, four games there in the middle of the year as our starter. Originally, he was on our practice squad. So we've all found out that at that position, you better have as many as you can because that position gets hit on every play."

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    good read and good points by mcd


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    • #3
      Good points.....Anone care to wager a guess on who doesn't make it out of training camp? I would say Selvin gets the axe, and that may be it.....

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      • #4
        Originally posted by 4th Amigo View Post
        Good points.....Anone care to wager a guess on who doesn't make it out of training camp? I would say Selvin gets the axe, and that may be it.....
        God I hope so.
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        • #5
          Glad we finally get some game plan info.

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          • #6
            Pass blocking ability will be a big factor in RB playing time and also the prime reason Scheffler will not be a factor for the Broncos this season.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by 4th Amigo View Post
              Good points.....Anone care to wager a guess on who doesn't make it out of training camp? I would say Selvin gets the axe, and that may be it.....
              Young, Hall.............and i , maybe flamed for this but its possible torain to bc he prob wont even be able to compete in camp.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by 4th Amigo View Post
                Good points.....Anone care to wager a guess on who doesn't make it out of training camp? I would say Selvin gets the axe, and that may be it.....
                sELVIN WON'T MAKE IT OUT AND lAMONT jORDAN WON'T MAKE IT OUT

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                • #9
                  Apart from the praise for Arrington, why is it that James and Hightower didn´t get the ball in the second half? Did they want to win possibly?
                  That´s a tandem to drool over.
                  And McDaniels is making it sound as if he got the better running back.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mooncamping View Post
                    Apart from the praise for Arrington, why is it that James and Hightower didn´t get the ball in the second half? Did they want to win possibly?
                    That´s a tandem to drool over.
                    And McDaniels is making it sound as if he got the better running back.
                    That's not true. He got the running back he needed. Besides, the other two aren't available.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by pitnlala View Post
                      It was nice to find a non-Cutler story out there. This article really clarifies for the first time, for me, why McD threw FA cash at Arrington. The bolded part especially made me look at McD and see that this type of thinking is probably part of what Bowlen saw in the kid.

                      DANA POINT, Calif. — Back home at Dove Valley, running backs signed up in Lawrence Welk rhythm.

                      A one (Correll Buckhalter), and a two (J.J. Arrington), and a three (LaMont Jordan).

                      Out in the Broncos' audience, head scratching intensified. What exactly were they doing at running back?

                      The Broncos went through seven running backs last season because of injuries. The number seemed high until it became evident the Broncos' new administration of Josh McDaniels and Brian Xanders never met a free-agent running back they didn't like.

                      Buckhalter, Arrington and Jordan, all situational-type backs last season and for most of their careers, were plucked from the market. And the Broncos would have signed another backup running back, Derrick Ward, had they not run out of money.

                      Why so many rotational-type backs, after a season in which the team went through too many backs? In this case, misdirection leads to comprehension. The tendency is to look first for a No. 1 tailback. The 20-25 carry workhorse.

                      The offense McDaniels brought with him from New England concentrates on the back end of a tailback committee, the role reserved for third down. Or put another way, the down where drives are either killed or sustained.

                      "One of the most difficult positions to play in this league anymore is the third-down back because of all the crazy looks you get from the defense and the blitzing that goes on," McDaniels said at the NFL owners meetings. "That's how you protect your quarterback against all these crazy looks that are going on, and they're just going to get crazier."

                      There is a noticeable intensity in McDaniels, an excitement in talking about something other than his unfortunate situation with quarterback Jay Cutler. McDaniels badly wants to resolve the friction with his quarterback, but an exchange of text messages the past two days had not produced a conversation as of Wednesday night.

                      Until then, the subject of running backs is a welcome diversion. In the Patriots' near-dynastic run, they have gone through a few No. 1 tailbacks. Antoine Smith, Corey Dillon, Laurence Maroney. The only constant in the Patriots' run was their swing guy, third-down specialist Kevin Faulk.

                      He doesn't pick up many yards — only, it seems, the important ones. And many times what Faulk picks up is not yards but pass rushers.

                      As McDaniels went about resetting the Broncos' backfield this season, his priority was not to find the next Terrell Davis or Clinton Portis but Faulk. McDaniels thinks he found him while watching Super Bowl XLIII between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals on Feb. 1.

                      The quarter started with the Cardinals down 20-7. They had to pass and the Steelers, who zone-blitz out of a 3-4 defense like no other, were going after stationary quarterback Kurt Warner. By the two-minute warning, the Steelers were gassed and trailing and needed a clutch scoring drive from their own quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to pull out a 27-23 victory.

                      In defeat, Arrington would win over a new team for a four-year, $10 million contract.

                      "J.J. Arrington was the only back who played in the fourth quarter for the Arizona Cardinals in the Super Bowl," McDaniels said. "That tells you all you need to know. They were trailing. Obviously, Pittsburgh is a blitzing team and they trusted him enough to be the only guy to play in the fourth quarter because he had to pick up the blitz against good linebackers and he caught a couple passes. And he did that all year."


                      And Arrington did all that in the Super Bowl with torn knee cartilage, since surgically repaired. As Arrington limped into Dove Valley last month, he fit in all too well with the stable of running backs. Holdovers Peyton Hillis, Selvin Young and Ryan Torain all suffered season-ending injuries last year.

                      Any back who comes off an injury one year is automatically labeled a question mark the next. This leads to another reason why the Broncos went back crazy in free agency.

                      "I think we're all finding out each year how important it is to have multiple backs," McDaniels said. "Denver found out last year. We found out the same year. We were playing with BenJarvus Green-Ellis for three, four games there in the middle of the year as our starter. Originally, he was on our practice squad. So we've all found out that at that position, you better have as many as you can because that position gets hit on every play."
                      I believe Kevin Faulk is an element of significance. He is that special factor that allows you to break the other team's back just when they think they've caught on to your gameplan. Those 3rd down "back-breakers". They eat you up and give the offense a whole new lease on life. I love Faulk's ability to make things happen, at exactly the right time, and if Arrington has that quality, we done good!!!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Atwnbroncfan View Post
                        Young, Hall.............and i , maybe flamed for this but its possible torain to bc he prob wont even be able to compete in camp.
                        I aint flamin ya, I agree :go:

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mooncamping View Post
                          Apart from the praise for Arrington, why is it that James and Hightower didn´t get the ball in the second half? Did they want to win possibly?
                          That´s a tandem to drool over.
                          And McDaniels is making it sound as if he got the better running back.
                          he got the better running back when it comes to defending against the blitz

                          and obviously the cards felt the same way because, like josh said, he was the only guy to play in the 4th q....if james or hightower were the better blockers they would have been in there at least occasionally

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                          • #14
                            I'm just pitching an idea out here:

                            McDaniel's is known for creating the pass happy scheme we have gotten used to seeing from the Pats the last few years. It stands to reason that he will want to implement something similar in Denver. That scheme does not lend itself well to the heavy zone blocking, running play offense that we are used to seeing from the Broncos over the years. My feeling on the subject is that by picking up Arrington, McDaniel's is looking for a back that can pass block well, as well as catch the ball on the move as opposed to having the ball handed off. Faulk excelled at both of those traits, and I think they are the same traits McD is looking for in Arrington. I would imagine that in the coming season we will be seeing the ball aired out more consistently and fewer I formation running plays.

                            Looking at Arrington's body of work, as well as the recent Pats offensive schemes I believe we can expect a heavy amount of pitches, and fake hand off type scripted plays that require a good blocking back. I'm no expert, and I don't run the team, but I don't think seeing Gaffney, Stokley, Marshall, and Royal in almost every play is going to be a far stretch either.

                            Time will tell.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Apoc13 View Post
                              he got the better running back when it comes to defending against the blitz

                              and obviously the cards felt the same way because, like josh said, he was the only guy to play in the 4th q....if james or hightower were the better blockers they would have been in there at least occasionally
                              BINGO! I think this tells us that he is looking for a back who can block and catch passes out of the backfield. The "one cut and up the field" back may not be as necessary anymore. I think McD's running game isnt going to dominate with a punishing run game, but instead short passes (long handoffs) and excellent blitz pick ups.
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