This weekend, Elvis is expected to be back in the building.
Head Coach Josh McDaniels was the key note speaker at the 12th annual John Lynch Salutes the Stars Awards luncheon on Thursday. After he stepped down from the podium, he answered a few football questions, starting with the excitement swirling around Dove Valley heading into next week’s OTAs — a passing camp that is expected to include Elvis Dumervil among all the returning rookies and veterans.
“I think we’ll see Elvis Sunday, and we’re looking forward to that,” McDaniels said. “We’re excited.”
The head coach and the rest of the staff are anxious to kick off Organized Team Activities on Monday, a day McDaniels said is “always exciting.”
“It’s just an opportunity for us to put our team out there and start teaching them,” he said. “We’ve made some corrections, we’ve made some changes with our scheme and our system, we’ve obviously changed players and added the rookies to it, too. Monday will be an exciting day because it will be the first time that everybody actually sits in the same room together. You know that your team will be made up of the people in that room. It’s just an exciting time. We haven’t been together for a while. The rookies will be back, their eyes will be wide and hopefully we get a great start on the season starting next week.”
Later, he elaborated on some of the changes with the scheme that he hopes to begin implementing as soon as Monday.
“I’ve called plays for five straight seasons now, I don’t think we’ve ever really run the same type of base offense — we’ve changed it because we were different,” he said. “We have different sets of players, different skills and different unique players that can do different things.
“We’re going to try to make ourselves as difficult to defend on offense and we’re going to be real aggressive defensively,” McDaniels continued. “We want to be disciplined yet attack, attack, attack. That’s what our focus is going to be on. It’s always good to add some things that allow your players to play fast, and we think we’ve done that this offseason with what we’ve tried to add with our scheme.”
But the additions haven’t just been limited to the scheme. McDaniels said the team is always evaluating the free agent market, and a big-name player visited the facility earlier today — running back Brian Westbrook.
“We had a great meeting with him,” McDaniels said. “He’s not in a hurry, but certainly he’s a talented player and we wanted to do our research and make sure we got him in here and had an opportunity to speak with him. He’s a great person, a great football player and he’s healthy now. That’s a really important part for him and for everybody else concerned. We’ll see where it goes, but it would be another addition to our football team that we think would help us.”
The head coach made sure to clarify that “it was a visit, it was nothing more than that at this point,” but he didn’t hesitate to praise the back who has amassed 5,995 yards on the ground and 3,790 yards through the air in his eight seasons in the league.
“He’s a really good football player,” McDaniels said. “He’s got a lot of skills. I think he fits in with the mold of our backs — they’re not one-dimensional, and he certainly isn’t either. If we have an opportunity to add him, we just think we would make our football team better. Again, we’ve been after competition at every spot. We have backs that we feel very good about on our roster right now, but if you could add another good player at any position, we’re not opposed to doing it.”
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com