March 23, 2010

Owners meeting and News

Hey guys, it looks like free agency is slowing down and I doubt that many moves are to come. There may be a few trades but I don't think that will happen until the draft. So I am not expecting much to happen in the next few weeks.

Well onto the news. McD has been doing some talking with the media. He says that Orton will be the number 1 QB this year and that Quinn needs to define his role and claim his position. This is what he had to say about Quinn:

“I told him the same thing we tell every player which is ‘You’ve got to create your own role. What you do on the field, what you do with your opportunities — that’s what’s going to tell us what we need to know and then your role will be created from there.’ That’s the same thing we tell every player. No different.”

He also talked about Marshall and that situation. He said he hasn't talked to Marshall in a while and isn't in a hurry too. I believe I read somewhere that Marshall agent is at the NFL meeting, maybe he will drum up some interest. Also there is a report that the Dolphins are not interested in Marshall. The coach says that he won't fit in there. That means less suitors for his services.

Now to some great news, Chris Kuper signed his tender and will be with the team this year. I think he is a solid guard and will be a starter this year.

Other News, the Bills look interested in McCluster (sorry 80#). And finally the overtime rule has been changed. I think this is an interesting change, I don't know how it will affect the game. It will make the playoffs this year interesting if it happens. Well have your say below about what you think. That is it from me ~ Aussie Out


  1. Great article Aussie.

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  2. Nice Aussie.
    Hey, do you go on MHR? One of the head guys Emmitt Smith asked me to write an article with him on D.Fry. Here's my part.

    Before we all go crazy over this years prospects at Center I would like you to read about this guy.

    Height: 6' 3" Weight: 326 lbs.

    Scouting Reports:

    The good: He is a tough, nasty, smart, scrappy, blue-collar lineman who works well in a short area where he uses good power and leverage. He gives it his all from the snap to the whistle, and is very capable of quickly getting good position in his blocks and sustaining until the play is finished. He has good balance, the agility to slide laterally, does well at mirroring the defender and is seldom on the ground. He has a relentless attitude that allows him to finish despite marginal physical talent.

    The bad: He is only adequate on the perimeter at pulling. He has only marginal speed and striking ability at the second level. His hand punch is acceptable, but could be more forceful to stop the initial charge better. He lacks flexibility and the agility to recover if beaten on a play. He has short arms, which add to the problem.

    Outlook: He ran a 5.47 time in the 40-yard dash with 34 bench press reps at the Combine, but sat out the rest of the workout with a pulled quad. He has definite NFL starting ability - maybe sooner than most think. He combines all the tools to become a fine NFL interior lineman with enough athleticism to also spot start at guard.

    Who is this guy? I'll give you a hint, he's already a member of the Denver Broncos. He was the 139th pick in the 2007 draft. He took over full-time center duties as a sophomore. With his low center of gravity, girth and squat frame, he has made it a habit of putting defenders on their pants, registering 171 knockdowns while manning the pivot. Has started at offensive guard and tackle during his career. Made all the play calls for the line. Able to read the defense. He participated in the Senior Bowl. While in High School he captured the state Class AA championship in wrestling. Every bit as good as Matt Tennant, J.D. Walton or Eric Olsen. He is Dustin Fry. I know what your thinking , "How good could he be, his whole career has been on the practice squad?" I don't really have an answer to that other than he has been stolen off team's practice squads so he doesn't suck. I can also tell you that any of the three from above, maybe even Maurkice Pouncey, is going to have a rookie learning curve and may not be ready to start. Remember last year when everyone was convinced we needed massive upgrades on the DL and McDaniels ignored it completely? Remember how Ryan McBean came out of nowhere? From a guy we picked up off Pittsburgh's practice squad to becoming our starter? I see Fry possibly doing the same thing. Here's the problem. I'm pretty sure Fry has used up all of his practice squad time. If we draft a center that is not ready to step right into the starting lineup and we go with Fry what do we do with the new guy? Or the draft pick is ready to start, how do we hide Fry? The more I look at our line (RT Harris RG Kuper C Fry LG Olsen LT Clady) it is pretty darn solid. Reserve guards Hochstein and McChesney are OK. Back up tackles Polumbus, Batiste and Gorin need major upgrade. My solution? Draft Iupati or Ducasse. Plug them into Olsen's spot. Olsen, Hochstein and Batiste are backups. McChesney on PS still and pick up an undrafted Tackle for the PS.

  3. Digger:

    Was that article meant for me?

  4. florio's_mom
    No not just you. I put it out there because I thought it was pretty cool that one of the best writers on Mile High Report asked me to help him out with it. That was only my part of it. If you want to read the whole thing you will have to go on that site.