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Peyton Manning: Ryan Clady’s holdout was good for Chris Clark

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Chris Clark stepped into one of the most important jobs in football — protecting Peyton Manning’s blind side — when he took over for the injured Ryan Clady as the Broncos’ starting left tackle. Through one game, Clark is getting a passing grade.

Manning said after the game that he was particularly pleased that he was able to run the Broncos’ no-huddle offense the same as usual, and Clark always knew what he was doing. Manning attributed that in part to the fact that Clady held out through much of the offseason, giving Clark more time with the first-string offense than a backup would usually have in the offseason.

“I thought Chris did a good job from a communication standpoint,” Manning said. “The fact that he’s been the starting left tackle in the offseason, the minicamps, the OTAs and training camp, from a mental standpoint, he was on top of it. No miscommunications or having to call timeout because he didn’t know what to do. He was very sharp that way.”

When Clady’s holdout came to an end, he signed a five-year, $52.5 million contract, with $33 million guaranteed. Obviously, the Broncos wouldn’t have given Clady that kind of money if they thought Clark could easily step in and do just as good a job. But through one game without Clady, the Broncos’ offense still looks great. And Clark deserves at least some of the credit for that.

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17 Responses to “Peyton Manning: Ryan Clady’s holdout was good for Chris Clark”
  1. Patriot42 says: Sep 24, 2013 7:43 AM

    Many assumed with Clady out the O-line would suffer but it didn’t happen last night.

  2. ranoversquarells says: Sep 24, 2013 8:06 AM

    Settle down there Peyton, it’s only Oakland …

  3. faulkn22 says: Sep 24, 2013 8:20 AM

    Let us not forget that he was playing vs. Jason Hunter all night, at home (crowd noise will be low).

    He did do a good job, but it was as easy of a test as it could be. I wouldn’t disregard Clady until he’s been tested vs better competition and tested on the road.

  4. Renewed Republic says: Sep 24, 2013 9:46 AM

    Am I the only one that saw Peyton get sacked and fumble on Clark’s missed block? Yeah, he did a GREAT job. I can’t imagine why we gave Clady all that money…

  5. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 24, 2013 10:20 AM

    I was completely mesmerized by Peyton Manning’s performance last night. Manning’s release is so quick, even I could play left tackle for him. Since I live in Pittsburgh, it’s pure joy to watch a quarterback take his craft so seriously.

  6. shogunassasin30 says: Sep 24, 2013 11:02 AM

    ranoversquarells says:
    Sep 24, 2013 8:06 AM
    Settle down there Peyton, it’s only Oakland …

    You’re probably one of those people that was hyping up Oakland’s 9 sacks going in to the game, and how it is a “tougher matchup than most would think.” Oakland’s D is good, blah blah blah. Now that Denver stomped on their faces all I am seeing now is, “oh- er, uh, well, it’s just Oakland!” Whatever.

  7. newcomer2013 says: Sep 24, 2013 11:10 AM

    Let us not forget that he was playing vs. Jason Hunter all night, at home (crowd noise will be low).

    He did do a good job, but it was as easy of a test as it could be. I wouldn’t disregard Clady until he’s been tested vs better competition and tested on the road.

    What game were you watching? Most of the game Clark went against Lamarr Houston one of the better DE in football. Get your facts striaght before you comment.

  8. thermanmerman99 says: Sep 24, 2013 12:39 PM

    why doesnt anybody mention how manning is still in the game with 4 minutes left up big and still throwing the ball downfield. looks to me he is a major stat hog like usual, caring more about running up his stats than anything else. everytime denver is down inside the 5 yard line, you can guarantee he will throw the ball 99% of the time which is what happens each game.

  9. jrebar88 says: Sep 24, 2013 1:12 PM

    He was not playing against Jason Hunter, he was up against Lamaar Houston. Get your facts right haters. #RESPECTTHEORANGE

  10. broncobeta says: Sep 24, 2013 1:20 PM

    thermanmerman99 says:
    Sep 24, 2013 12:39 PM
    why doesnt anybody mention how manning is still in the game with 4 minutes left up big and still throwing the ball downfield. looks to me he is a major stat hog like usual, caring more about running up his stats than anything else. everytime denver is down inside the 5 yard line, you can guarantee he will throw the ball 99% of the time which is what happens each game.
    ———————

    You mean how Denver had over 100 yards rushing in the second half?

    Or are you talking about the drive at the end of the game when it was 3rd and 7 and they decided to throw to convert? I think that’s them learning their lesson from the Baltimore game.

  11. thermanmerman99 says: Sep 24, 2013 1:26 PM

    no broncobeta im talking about towards the end of the game with about 330 left and manning is in oakland territory looking to throw another pass to the endzone and got hit and fumbled the ball. talk about unnecessary, but stat king manning could care less, he is all about padding his regular season stats

  12. jrebar88 says: Sep 24, 2013 1:46 PM

    thermanmerman99 That was near the beginning of the 4th quarter. Quit whining, these guys are pros, how about Oakland play some defense?

  13. jrebar88 says: Sep 24, 2013 1:48 PM

    Correction it was the middle of the third quarter. You are crying about that?! Get a life.

  14. trollaikman8 says: Sep 24, 2013 2:02 PM

    That’s all good and stuff but he’ll be facing DeMarcus Ware in a few weeks.

  15. anthonyverna says: Sep 24, 2013 2:13 PM

    Sounds like something management would say….

  16. forsbergler says: Sep 24, 2013 2:19 PM

    Your so right Manning is such a stats hog.

    Tom Brady
    Comp% 57.5% Ranked 26th
    Yds 698 yds Ranked 19th
    Yds per Att 5.5 yds Ranked 32nd
    Pass Yds per Game 232 yds Ranked 19th
    Passing Td’s 5 Ranked T 13th
    Int’s 2 Ranked T 16th
    Sacked 7 times Ranked T 19th
    QB Rating 79.4 Ranked 23rd
    3rd Down Conv. 21-53 39% Ranked 13th

    Payton Manning
    Comp% 73% Ranked 1st
    Yds 1143 Yds Ranked 1st
    Yds per Att 9.37 Yds Ranked 1st
    Yds per Game 381 Yds Ranked 1st
    Passing Td’s 12 Ranked 1st
    Int’s 0 Ranked T32nd
    Sacked 4 Times Ranked 31st
    QB Rating 134.7 Ranked 1st
    3rd Down Conv. 21-39 54% Ranked 1st

    Hey pats fans! At least you’re leading in Int’s and Sac’s…..LMAO

    What a stat hog huh? I’d be jealous too. Get a team with a real QB and stop whining.

  17. jasonculhane says: Sep 24, 2013 2:34 PM

    If Clady was in the game Denver scores two more touchdowns…

    But Clark surprised me on running plays, his blocks were great.

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