Cornerbacks Andre’ Goodman and Alphonso Smith stopped by the media room following Tuesday’s practice at Dove Valley.
Goodman spoke first and shared an interesting tidbit on defensive backs coach Ed Donatell’s teaching method.
The eight-year veteran has seen his share of coaches during his days with the Lions and Dolphins, but he’s never seen one illustrate a lesson plan by using film as old as Donatell does. Let’s just say some of the highlights he uses aren’t exactly HD quality.
“He is a guy who uses a lot of archives,” Goodman said. “Like he’ll go back to film that is early 90s. You’ll see Jerry Rice or Tim Brown on the film and it’s kind of surprising.”
Meanwhile, Smith — less than two months into his NFL career — is still taking it all in. The former Wake Forest standout conveyed that he is trying to learn nuances of the professional game by watching his defensive back counterparts. Smith, who played in a similar defense with the Demon Deacons, admits he still needs to improve his technique and timing before training camp.
But he believes he is getting better with repetition.
“We are doing the same things over and over and over,” Smith said. “Once you see guys like Champ (Bailey) and Andre’ and Brian (Dawkins) do things — how they carry themselves on the field, how they carry themselves in the meeting room and how they carry themselves around the facility — as a young guy you just need to watch and try to absorb what they are doing. I just keep watching them over and over because there is something you can learn every day.”
In particular, Smith mentioned Bailey as someone he tries to emulate in practice. Every now and again Smith said he is guilty of panicking during routes as he tries to adjust to NFL speed. But by studying how No. 24 carries himself on the field, Smith is beginning to settle down and just play football.
“Champ is a guy who leads by example,” he said. “Just seeing Champ, how chill and how he never panics, he’s just so calm and so composed every time. I learned that from him. I try to take that from his game and add it to mine and just try to be a smaller Champ, so to speak.”
- Zach Eisendrath, DenverBroncos.com