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T-post Tom
07-17-2005, 12:31 AM
ShanaRat might be better served by spending his off-season time trying to convince Elway to come out of retirement....or maybe getting Schefter's head out of his arse. :)

Broncos work while others play

By Adam Schefter
Special to NFL.com

(July 14, 2005) -- While every other team in the league was vacationing, resting, napping and enjoying what was left of its summer, the Denver Broncos were going through their modified version of an early Labor Day.

Now, ordinarily, mandatory minicamps in July are about as common as snow in August. They just don't happen. But Broncos coach Mike Shanahan might have stumbled onto something as novel as the five wide-receiver sets he began using during the 1997 season.

Shanahan pushed back his team's mandatory minicamp, weeks past the times when every other team holds them, to a time much closer to training camp. Here was his thinking:

Put players through football-conditioning drills closer to training camp so that when they report, they will be in better shape. Start installing the playbook closer to training camp so players remember more once they report. Break up the summer break so players don't have one long six-week layoff to fall out of shape and into trouble.

What about this doesn't make sense? It makes so much sense that, in this copycat NFL league, where more and more teams are installing the 3-4 defense, where more and more teams are staging training camps at their home training facilities, this could be the next big trend.

John Lynch and the Broncos were in camp while others rested.
Look for more and more teams to shift their minicamps from late April or early May to early July. Into the shadows of the season. Into the heart of the summer.

And if they want, they can even copy another of Shanahan's twists. On the final day of the Broncos' three-day mandatory minicamp, Shanahan cancelled his team's practice. Instead, after two long days of drills, he rewarded his players for good behavior. He took them bowling.

When the players heard Shanahan's plan, there was cheering in the locker room that was almost loud enough be heard around the Rocky Mountains.

Clearly Shanahan's idea -- every part of it -- was a strike.

Mr. Kotter
07-17-2005, 09:06 AM

07-17-2005, 09:12 AM
Sounds like Shefter has a serious man-crush on Shanny.

Mr. Kotter
07-17-2005, 09:14 AM
Sounds like Shefter has a serious man-crush on Shanny.

The problem is they both seem like catchers....;)

07-17-2005, 09:16 AM
The problem is they both seem like catchers....;)

07-17-2005, 11:52 AM
Logically it makes sense. (Why someone hasn't tried it before now who knows???)

With the wholesale DLine replacement from Browns etc.
This may work, some of these players aren't the sharpest tools in the drawer.

I still don't see Denver as a threat.

07-17-2005, 12:28 PM
Uhhhh, they were BOWLING the other day. I'm not kidding you- the local sports channel was showing a bit on how Shanny took the entire team bowling of all things.

Yep, I'm sure that will get them to remember the playbook.