The Broncos started their third and final mini-camp on Friday, and — for parts of the day — there was an unfamiliar sound emanating from the practice field.
For the first time in recent memory at Dove Valley, music boomed throughout the speakers surrounding the practice fields. Usually the only sound coming from practice has been simulated crowd noise, but Head Coach Josh McDaniels – as he was accustomed to doing in New England – used a collection of well-known songs to help his team work on silent snap counts, hand signals and overall communication skills.
The playlist was extensive, ranging from the likes of T.I. and Jay-Z to Bruce Springsteen and Metallica. Even the Monday Night Football theme song could be heard loudly at team headquarters. Regardless of their favorite genre, players seemed happy to hear the music during warm-ups and team drills. At one point in practice, the dancing duo of Chris Baker and J’Vonne Parker demonstrated some … um … interesting dance moves during Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” Perhaps the most ironic music-related moment came late into practice when the team was practicing late-game drills. Here was the situation: 1:40 on the clock, starting at your own 30-yard line down two with one timeout. Chris Simms was behind center. To set the mood even further, David Bowie’s, “Under Pressure” began playing on third down after two incompletions. The next play? After Simms’ pass deflected off of Nate Swift’s hands, the ball landed in Tim Crowder’s hands. Crowder proceeded to smartly down the ball at the five-yard line to run out the clock.
When asked if the songs came from his iPod, McDaniels joked, “Only the good ones,” and went on to say that assistant to the head coach Mark Thewes was responsible for arranging the tunes. No word yet if the team plans on releasing a “Music From Practice” mix-tape.
- Zach Eisendrath, DenverBroncos.com