Where to start, maybe with the rumor. First it looks like there has been a offer for a workout or tryout presented to Inglis from a number of clubs including the Bills and Broncos. But Inglis has turned down the offer and says it is something he would do at the end of his career. It is interesting to note that this report is only on Broncos news sites as it is not on any local media here and I have been looking out for it. This is also not the first time a Rugby League has been offered a tryout. Willie Mason went to a tryout for the Jets that he got offered, nothing came of that though. But there was a lot of media coverage of that here, so I am surprised that there is no media coverage for this story since Inglis is one of the best league players.
What position would he play? The report says that we have been looking at him to play LB and some other bloggers have suggested that he could play safety. But having watched Inglis play for years I think he is better suited to play offense. Inglis is devastating with the ball in this hands and has a great stiff arm. So maybe running back or most likely Wide receiver, check out the video below for more.
Therefore I believe that it is highly unlikely that Inglis plays gridiron this year or next. I don't think it is on his radar at the moment and nothing will come of this. Also it is the middle of the league season and it doesn't end till November. He would not be able to come over and learn until his contract is up after the season, the times don't fit.
I actual been doing some more thinking about this (I know right, me thinking?) and I came to the conclusion that it would be very difficult for a Rugby player to make the transition. The reason I think this is because of the way each sport is taught and played. Having been one of the few people to have played both sports on a regular bases I can say it is hard to change. For example the tackling technique is completely different. Your head position is different in the sport and it is hard to change something that you have been doing for years.
The other reason is the NFL is too complicated. Most of the guys that play rugby league are guys with natural ability and are young straight out of high school, can start as early as 17 in the pros. They don't get the college education that all NFL players go through. They don't have a huge playbook to study, they play a lot on instincts. I can play with a group of mates and just dominate because we know the game and each others games so well. That happens from playing the sport together for almost a decade. Players just know the game and what things will happen. None of these guys could study a NFL playbook.
Don't get me wrong, I think some league players could do it but most would fail.
These guys were born and breed to play league. Since the age of 5 we play league none stop. We play it with friends at school, we play with friends after school, we then train for our teams and then play again on weekends. It is none stop football for us. We go home with cuts and bruises sometimes broken bones, we go to class covered in blood (I did that once). We breed them tough here, that is why the second video is epic, love the hits and the fights.
Now other Broncos news:
The Broncos have signed both of their 7th round picks.
Champ Bailey has said that Orton is his guy for QB. The QB race is still on going but Orton is early favourite.
Ayers is planning to start at OLB this season and Phonzy has been improving and Bailey has noticed this.
With Brandon Marshall gone, Jabar Gaffney could emerge as the team's No. 1 receiving threat, well that is what ESPN thinks. The Broncos have 12 receivers in camp at the moment.
Stan Jones, a form coach of the Broncos past away, RIP.
Both Ryans are recovering well from their injuries and we hope to get them back before the start of the season.
Brandon Stokley has a shoulder injury and has been held out of training.
This is another video for those interested a bit in rugby, the video shows both League and Union (union is traditional rugby) but is 98% League. This video is epic!