ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - The difference in the philosophies of
the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos was most apparent during pass rush drills Wednesday.
It was the bigger, beefier Cowboys against the smaller, quicker
Broncos, both on offense and defense.
"We're one of the biggest teams in the league," Cowboys coach
Wade Phillips said. "I noticed it as soon as we got our offensive
line together, I noticed ours was bigger than everybody else. We
have good size, but we have good athletes. We don't just go for
size, we go for athleticism and size. We have three Pro Bowlers in
the offensive line."
And another star in linebacker DeMarcus Ware, who threw tight
end Tony Scheffler to the grass on one play and tossed rookie left
tackle Ryan Clady aside on the next.
The 1-on-1 drills weren't best suited for the undersized Broncos
offensive linemen, who are accustomed to moving as one in a manner
that routinely leads to high rushing totals.
PRACTICE PAIRS: The Cowboys are the first team to visit the
Broncos for dual training camp workouts since the Carolina Panthers
went to Greeley, Colo., in 1995.
Coaches Mike Shanahan of Denver and Wade Phillips of Dallas said
the dual practices like the ones they had in Irving, Texas, last
year, allows them not only to work against different schemes but it
also gives them a better tool for evaluating their talent.
TORAIN REHAB: Broncos rookie running back Ryan Torain watched
the dual workouts from a chair in the shade by the Broncos'
headquarters, his left arm in a cast after undergoing surgery to
repair a broken elbow last week.
Doctors put a plate in his arm that might stay there permanently
or could come out after this season if he finds it uncomfortable,
Torain, who is expected to miss three months, was vying for the
top tailback job when he got hurt, and his loss put a noticeable
damper on the mood at Dove Valley last week.
Torain, who has mostly been relegated to staying in bed with his
arm elevated to reduce the swelling, said he believes he can return
And he said coach Mike Shanahan's comments that he was vying for
the starting tailback job when he got hurt will sustain him through
the tough times of rehab.
SECONDARY SHAKE-UP: The Denver Broncos didn't shake up their
secondary just because two starters are sidelined. They didn't like
what they saw Friday night at Houston from Lamont Reid and
So, they replaced Reid with cornerback Wale Dada on Tuesday and
on Wednesday they cut Morton and signed 13th-year veteran Tyrone
The Broncos are missing two starters from their defensive
backfield: cornerback Champ Bailey (hamstring) and safety Hamza
EXTRA POINTS: Wade Phillips was the Broncos' head coach from
1993-94 after serving as Denver's defensive coordinator from
1989-92. When a TV reporter asked him if walking through the doors
brought back memories, Phillips replied: "Yeah. I didn't walk
through the doors yet. They don't let me inside."