Todd Davis on Broncos returning to work Tuesday: ‘I think this season is going to be good’.
Linebacker is one of just six Bronco players remaining from Super Bowl 50 team.
Sooner than most, the Broncos are back in business.
“I think it’s exciting,” said staring inside linebacker Todd Davis, one of just six players from the Broncos’ 2015 Super Bowl title team. “Especially with the new head coach and new coaching staff and new defense to learn, I’m excited to get in there and learn it as quickly as possible.”
About Vic Fangio and the Broncos’ new coaching staff, the NFL allows teams with new head coaches to start their offseason program two weeks earlier than other teams. For the next two weeks starting Tuesday, Bronco players will primarily get in cardio shape and hit the weights under the guidance of strength and conditioning coordinator Loren Landow and his staff.
An early start has become routine for the Broncos. Once a model of head coaching stability with Dan Reeves and Mike Shanahan ruling for 26 of 28 seasons from 1981-2008, Denver’s big chair has since swiveled through Josh McDaniels, John Fox, Gary Kubiak and Vance Joseph.
Fangio is the Broncos’ fifth head coach in the 10 years since Shanahan was dismissed.
Fangio brings with him a new offensive coordinator in Rich Scangarello and new defensive coordinator in Ed Donatell. And there will be plenty of new players to coach as the Broncos have a new quarterback (Joe Flacco), new right tackle (Ja’Wuan James), and two new defensive backs (Kareen Jackson, Bryce Callahan).
Davis was a reserve on the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 team, but a starter in the three seasons since. Brandon Marshall, Darian Stewart, Bradley Roby, Shaq Barrett, Shane Ray and Matt Paradis were the latest key members of that team to say goodbye in recent weeks.
The only six Broncos players remaining from that glorious 2015 season: Von Miller, Chris Harris Jr., Emmanuel Sanders, Derek Wolfe, Brandon McManus and Davis.
“I think it will be a little different,” Davis said. “Every year it changes but the guys we just lost were players I had played with a long time. So it’ll be different, but you have to build some new bonds and take in some new family members.”
“I think this season is going to be good. Our new quarterback, I think Joe will come in and do a great job for us. A great leader, a veteran presence. I think we picked up some good cornerbacks, some people who know how to play. And then we picked up a big right tackle, so I think we made the right moves during the offseason.”
Brandon McManus doesn’t want to see Emmanuel Sanders or Phillip Lindsay excessively celebrating after a touchdown this year.
That’s because, as part of the new rules passed by the NFL on Tuesday, a tweak could penalize the offensive team for an unsportsmanlike call following a score.
The fifth new rule from the Competition Committee — which John Elway serves on — says, “Allows teams to elect to enforce on the succeeding try or on the succeeding free kick an opponent’s personal or unsportsmanlike conduct foul committed during a touchdown.”
What this means is, if Sanders, say, scores a touchdown and goes wild, getting called for an unsportsmanlike penalty, the extra point could feasibly be moved back 15 extra yards. McManus isn’t looking forward to that:
Phillip Lindsay reacted by laughing:
Lindsay is an electric player, but he’s yet to be called for any unsportsmanlike or personal fouls after scoring in his one-year career (he was tossed for throwing a punch). However, Sanders is the true old-school showman of a player who delights the crowd with bows, the wind-up and pitch of the football and even summersault front-flips into the end zone.
This new rule makes a lot of sense because, before, a personal foul or unsportsmanlike penalty meant moving the kickoff back 15 yards, which rarely affected the game. But, moving back the extra point — or two-point conversion — 15 extra yards, making it a 48-yard extra point try or a 17-yard two-point conversion certainly makes things more difficult for the team who just scored.
The new after touchdown rule is important, but maybe the most important of all the changes is the ability for teams to review offensive and defensive pass interference calls, including non-calls.
This was a response to the debacle in the Saints – Rams NFC Championship Game which sent the Rams to the Super Bowl and likely should have meant the Saints attending the NFL’s biggest game instead.
One other major rule change circles around blocks and whether or not players are looking. Blindside blocks — usually occurring on punts, and sometimes on pass interference calls — are no longer allowed.