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  • McD transcript - NFL Annual Meeting

    http://www.denverbroncos.com/page.ph...4&storyID=9983

    1. Here's his reply to a question about using FA to address the DL, rather than the draft:

    I donít think it means that we wonít do anything in the draft. I think there are some good players in the draft. I think itís similar to last year, in that I know that there were a lot of questions about, ĎWhat about this spot, what about this spot?í And we seemed to focus more on the secondary. It was just something where we felt like we liked the people and the fit with those players on our team in this yearís free agency. We didnít, obviously, go all over the place in terms of positions. We kind of stayed there Ė the biggest additions that we made were on the defensive line. Certainly no question that we would add a good player on the defensive front in the draft if thatís what came up. But weíll do that at any position.
    2. On whether playing for Weis at ND will help Brady Quinn in this offense:

    In talking to him a few times, he certainly knows the base of our offense. The terminology is, I would say, very close. Not exactly the same. Our offense has evolved since (former Notre Dame head coach) Charlie (Weis) left in 2004. Charlieís offense, Iím sure, evolved in a different way. We werenít together. Not that it veered off path significantly, but I think the basis of the terminology, he probably knows 85 percent of the terms and the words we use and the routes and all those different kinds of things. He was coached by the guy that really taught me. I think thatís something thatís going to be a positive for Brady. I donít think itís going to feel like a fish out of water, certainly, in terms of knowing that system. Again, I think thatís why itís a good fit for us, because I think that gives him an opportunity to really go in there and compete and see what he can do. I think that will make our entire quarterback room better.
    3. On Eddie Royal's role in the offense:

    Eddie can play in the slot, but Eddie played more ĎXí than anything else last year. We are going to be able to flip him over. He wants to be able to do that, to have that flexibility. We would like to be able to have him do that as well. Itís something that Jabar was already able to do because he had been in the system before and we tried to put Eddie more at the ĎXí spot. I think heís a smart player, a versatile player (and) a guy that we need to do better with. We didnít do a good enough job of getting Eddie involved in the offense in certain games and we have to do a better job of that. He is certainly capable. He is (at the facility) already, (he is) ready to go and is having a good offseason so far. We are looking forward to him having a better year than he did last year and we need to do our part.
    4. On the D scheme:

    Weíre looking forward to growing the defense, improving he defense and really kind of mastering our understanding and fit with the defense. Itís our second year with the coaching staff and our players. Weíve certainly added a few things that Wink is fond of that I feel very good about that we will see in September and October. I do know this: he will be an aggressive play caller. It will be an aggressive defense. We may blitz a little bit more, but thatís his personality and I want him to be himself.
    5. The draft:

    We haven't finished out preparations yet, it certainly seems there are a lot of tackles this year that are capable and offensive tackles that are good players. The defensive line seems deeper than it has been in some years past, linebacker, there are different types of linebackers certainly[...]

    [...]I think there are some good safeties in there as well. This is a deep draft and to each his own I guess. It is all in the eye of the beholder and what you are looking for and what you think of those players. I think there is a lot of talk this time of year that may not be true. They try and smoke screen you. I think there are a lot of good defensive players in this draft. But again there are a lot of tackles that should get drafted high; there are some other positions that are strong in other areas.
    No key quote to bold in that last one, but FWIW tackles (both defensive and offensive) did feature prominently in his comments.

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    • wtf? tackles? really? i hope that was just remarking on the depth at the spot and not future plans (unless harris is a lot worse off than i thought). i can't think of a position less in need of top talent right now.
      Keep in mind that a good run-blocking OT with experience playing the interior could be slotted in at guard immediately and provide cover off at RT should the oft-injured Harris go down again. I think our experience last year shows the importance of having 3 decent tackles. A guy like Ducasse might fit the bill - a real road grader from the guard spot but athletic enough to handle some spot tackle duty.

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      • I think Rodger Saffold is another guy that fits the bill. He could provide depth at every position but center.

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        • Another close look

          Apparently, the Broncos met with / worked out DE Jared Odrick:

          http://blogs.nfl.com/2010/03/24/penn...s-and-broncos/

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          • It seems like every single penn state defensive lineman. ever. has been arrested at least once. its weird. if he's anything like chris baker, im not interested.

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            • I hope learning the fancy words of McD's offense will somehow lead to Brady Quinn being able to I dunno, maybe throw a football.


              Originally posted by Scott Wright
              Terrellezzzzzzzz Pryorzzzzzzzz!
              Originally posted by njx9
              do i tell you when to flip the burger?

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              • The more I look and watch McClain the more I become convinced he is not worthy of a top 15 pick. More like 20-30.

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                • I like that mock, too. Don't know too much about Ducasse, but he's a position of need and obviously I ******* love McClain. I think though that we shouldn't leave it to chance, McXanders drafted Slowshon, Ayers and Alphonso last year, it's likely they'll completely **** us agin. So we should kill them and install Scott as GM.


                  Originally posted by Scott Wright
                  Terrellezzzzzzzz Pryorzzzzzzzz!
                  Originally posted by njx9
                  do i tell you when to flip the burger?

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                  • ILB doesn't have strong positional value, which is why linebackers tend to slide in the draft. However, in terms of talent and system fit, McClain would be a fine pick at 11.

                    Ducasse in round 2 would be great. He's a powerful run blocker, hard worker and has a high ceiling. If we take him to be an OG, he'll do well. I think the problem with him is that some other team might overdraft him based on his potential to play OT... and I don't think he'll be nearly as successful in that situation.

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                    • So because they already have Moreno, and are committed to him being their franchise back, there is no chance the Broncos draft a RB in the first round, right?

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                      • Originally posted by Morton View Post
                        So because they already have Moreno, and are committed to him being their franchise back, there is no chance the Broncos draft a RB in the first round, right?
                        I would say there's no chance. However, I would not be surprised at all if we took a RB on the second day.

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                        • Originally posted by Morton View Post
                          So because they already have Moreno, and are committed to him being their franchise back, there is no chance the Broncos draft a RB in the first round, right?
                          The only RB really worth looking at with the 11 pick is Spiller, who brings a very different skillset to the table.

                          I think if Denver stays at 11, they need to consider taking the best playmaker available who has the kind of intangibles they are looking for... and come draft day Spiller could certainly be the guy who meets those criteria.

                          I'm not saying it is likely, but it is possible.

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                          • Originally posted by njx9
                            yes, just like demeco ryans.
                            I was down on ryans?

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                            • Originally posted by rascal View Post
                              The more I look and watch McClain the more I become convinced he is not worthy of a top 15 pick. More like 20-30.
                              I guess the highlight tape on (keyword) youtube is really unflattering, because i felt the same way. dude had a ton of trouble getting his guy to the ground on several instances.

                              i suppose this is why nfl scouts dont rely on youtube

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                              • broncos worked out matt tenant, furthering the speculation that we might reach on pouncey with our #1 pick. (By the logic that if were looking at the #2 center, perhaps were looking at the #1,) no logic in the world would aid taking pouncey at our spot.

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