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Mr. Laz
07-12-2005, 01:27 PM
Castoffs will be key to Broncos' success
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Associated Press
Posted: 4 days ago

DENVER (AP) - Gerard Warren sums up the difference between Cleveland and Denver quite simply.

"At Cleveland, we went out there hoping to get better," he said. "Here, we go out there thinking we're going to win a Super Bowl."
If the Broncos are going to contend for a Super Bowl in 2005, it could come down to the Cleveland castoffs - Warren, Courtney Brown, Ebenezer Ekuban and Michael Myers, four defensive linemen who moved West in hopes of recharging their careers and winning a title.

They were together again Wednesday, this time wearing Broncos blue on the first day of the team's mandatory, three-day minicamp.

"We've got depth there," coach Mike Shanahan said. "Now, we get a chance to see what people can do and what the pecking order will be."

The addition of all these former Browns - members of the worst-run defense in the league last year and a defense that averaged just two sacks a game - raised eyebrows around the league. But really, the four acquisitions came at a low risk and a low price for the Broncos - especially considering the possible upside.

In Ekuban, the Broncos got a sixth-year veteran who had eight sacks last year but underwent knee and shoulder surgery at the end of the season. Myers, a seventh-year veteran, has 11 1/2 sacks in his seven-year career, spent mostly as a steady, versatile backup.

Brown signed an incentive-filled, one-year contract - not a bad gamble to get the injury-prone top pick of the 2000 draft.

Warren, meanwhile, came in a trade for a fourth-round pick. He was the third pick of the 2001 draft and has underachieved through his career. But he's in a contract year and has every reason to play hard this season.

"Gerard Warren has done a great job this offseason," said Shanahan, who earlier indicated that Warren's offseason conditioning would be key to his success. "He hustles, he fits into our system very well."

Coaches and teammates raved about Brown, who finally made it to the field after missing 14 games last season and most of this offseason with a foot injury.

"The biggest human being I've ever seen in my life," defensive lineman Trevor Pryce called him.

"I don't think anyone in the league can block him one-on-one," Warren said.

"You get Trevor Pryce again," defensive coordinator Larry Coyer said. "He's got speed, a phenomenal attitude, he's a very high character guy. There's no question he's a first-round draft pick. He's talented. He wants to. If God smiles on him, he'll be out there."

Also on the line, the Broncos have Marco Coleman, Luther Elliss, Mario Fatafehi, Anton Palepoi and Pryce, who most thought would be gone in the offseason, but who signed a new contract for less money and says he feels good as ever.

"I'm no more hungry than I already was," Pryce said, when asked if his expected departure from Denver gave him something to prove. "You're hungry because you're a football player and you want to help your team win."

Warren, pretty much for the first time in his career, sees more than a rebuilding project ahead of him. To hear him tell it, it makes a big difference in the attitude. It's why he thinks he and the rest of the ex-Browns could be better than what they were in Cleveland.

"Everyone on this team comes in with the mission to win the Super Bowl," Warren said. "That's what gets me fired up."

Wallcrawler
07-12-2005, 01:41 PM
Heh.

And people still ridicule Chiefs fans for thinking that Gunther could make a difference with the players we had.

Same difference here.

Youre taking one of the worst D-lines in football, complete with coach, and just moving them to another team.

If they cant beat blocks and stuff the run/sack the qb with one team, what makes them think that playing in a different stadium with different uniforms is going to make a difference?

Its still the same shitty d-line, no matter how you look at it, or who they play for.

HemiEd
07-12-2005, 01:44 PM
:rolleyes: Here is hoping that they suck worse in the thin air.

whoman69
07-12-2005, 01:50 PM
Bang was dead on with this one. Its a nightmare for them. The only thing that would have made their off season complete is to bring back Ryan Leaf.

Count Alex's Losses
07-12-2005, 01:54 PM
From what I have gathered at the OM, they think that taking these players and combining with them current D-Line, plus getting Pryce back will lead to a rotation of defensive lineman that gets the job done. They think taking Courtney Brown out of situation where he needs to play the majority of the snaps will lead to success.

Fat Elvis
07-12-2005, 01:56 PM
Heh.

And people still ridicule Chiefs fans for thinking that Gunther could make a difference with the players we had.

Same difference here.

Youre taking one of the worst D-lines in football, complete with coach, and just moving them to another team.

If they cant beat blocks and stuff the run/sack the qb with one team, what makes them think that playing in a different stadium with different uniforms is going to make a difference?

Its still the same shitty d-line, no matter how you look at it, or who they play for.


Maybe there isn't any vasoline in Cleveland?