Posted Tue Jun 9th by Mr.East
Just some quick quotes from around the web.
Josh McDaniels on Champ Bailey
As an opposing coach, McDaniels said he would give his quarterbacks simple advice when facing Bailey: “Don’t throw over there.”
Eddie Royal on Brandon Stokley
“He’s been great for me — great in helping me grow as a wide receiver,” Royal said. “Just watching him in the slot every day, they should teach tape just watching him, every route he runs. It’s great getting little tips from him.
Peyton Hillis on Peyton Hillis
“It’s all about how I can help the team,” he said. “I want people to see I can do a variety of roles, not just tailback. Slot me out, dot me in the I (formation), put me on special teams. . . . Wherever they put me, I’ll be happy. As far as my athletic ability, I can pretty much do it all. You can put me at linebacker and I’ll do a good job.”
Josh McDaniels to Woman at Fan Fair
Or the woman who challenged him to get the franchise back on its feet after three consecutive seasons without a playoff appearance. “Are you going to be a good coach?” the woman asked. “Are you going to be a good fan?” responded McDaniels.
“Yes,” the woman said.
“Good,” McDaniels said. “I’ll be a good coach, you be a good fan, and we’ll have a happy ending.”
Ryan Torain on practicing again
“I’m just trying to stay positive,” Torain said. “I’m loving life right now. I’m just happy to be here.”
Josh McDaniels on Brandon Marshall coming to mandatory practice
“He’s expected to be here Friday, just like I expect all our players to be here,” Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said.
Denver Post on Robert Ayers’ butterfingers
The last player off the practice field Monday was rookie linebacker/defensive end Robert Ayers. The first-round draft pick was not putting in extra time on his pass-rushing technique, or pass-coverage footwork. He was catching footballs from a Jugs machine because he has dropped five possible interceptions during the minicamp.
Ayers was working with the first-team nickel defense at outside linebacker Monday.
Champ Bailey on new defensive scheme
“On paper it looks great,” he says. “It’s probably one of the best schematic defenses I’ve been involved with. If we play smart, we’re going to do some great things, because this defense has been successful in a lot of places.”
Josh McDaniels on drafting Knowshon Moreno
“We’re looking for players that are going to come in here and help make our football team better and not make everybody else just feel comfortable that we drafted a defensive player,” McDaniels says.
Brian Dawkins on being a Bronco
“Without overstepping my bounds, I want to help as many guys as I can and help this organization get to the playoffs and beyond,” says Dawkins, who was lured by the prospect of playing under Nolan in “a very aggressive, smart, turnover-oriented defense.”
Josh McDaniels on confidence in his team
“Believe me, I’ve been on teams that people didn’t have great confidence in, and I know this: There’s a way to win with whatever team you have. It’s our job to find that way.”
Charles Davis and Terrell Davis on Knowshon Moreno
“It was a crazy situation but it’s the NFL and the NFL is always crazy,” said quarterback Chris Simms, one of 14 free agents acquired by the Broncos since McDaniels was hired in January. “For the most part, after the trade was done, two or three days later, everybody kind of moved on.”
“I could never be an Al Wilson whether I got his number, his cleats, whatever I put on of his,” Ayers said. “I’ll never be another Al Wilson. I’m just going to try to be Robert Ayers and play my game, and bring my type of intensity and do the things I do well. … That’s one of the things he told me, just be myself and that’s what I’m going to do.”
Josh McDaniels on Jabar Gaffney
“Jabar can play really anywhere,” McDaniels said. “It’s a tribute to him because, one, he’s worked his butt off to get to that point where he knows everything.”
Michael Fabiano on Knowshon Moreno
“Buckhalter and Jordan are nice players — and maybe even nice guys. But not one of them is a No. 1 fantasy back. Moreno is — and he will likely show that right from the start.”
Knowshon Moreno on being a starter
“I’m just learning,” Moreno told The Denver Post. “They’ve been in the league eight or nine years. Coming behind them and learning from them and maybe one day making my way up there is awesome.”
Eric Karabell on Denver’s backfield options
“McDaniels could work the rookie slowly into the lineup because he does have other assets at his disposal. Buckhalter has never carried the load as the starter, but he did average 4.9 yards per carry as the Eagles’ second option in 2008, and he’s been relatively injury free the past three seasons. Jordan, who worked with McDaniels in New England last season, has had one big NFL season, when he ran for 1,000 yards, caught 70 passes and scored 11 touchdowns for the 2005 Raiders.”
Broncos COO Joe Ellis on Sponsorships
“That is something we’re exploring as we move forward in 2009,” Broncos’ chief operating officer Joe Ellis said.
Meanwhile, the Broncos are also exploring the business prospects of a potential partnership with the Colorado Lottery involving scratch-off tickets bearing the team’s logo.
“Now that the door has been opened somewhat, we’re in discussions with the state lottery,” Ellis said. “And we’re hopeful we can establish a partnership with them,” Ellis said.
Patriot All-Star NT Vince Wilfork on contract situation (possible FA in 2010… hint hint)
“It’s nothing personal towards the organization, it’s nothing personal towards my coaches or anything like that,” Wilfork said today on WEEI. “It’s just basically what made the most sense to me at this point in time.
Spy on Tom Brady falling out of a kayak
“He had to be rescued,” said our spy. “The launch guy went out and got him and got him back in the kayak. He’s been bragging about it ever since. He’s telling everyone he rescued Tom Brady.”