Last Thursday, Woody Paige wrote a rather interesting piece on what the New Orleans Saints are up to this time of year. He notes that because of the restrictions imposed by the lockout, Drew Brees took control of his team and funded the Saints’ weekly workout regimen. Brees brought in his personal trainer, and paid Tulane University to use their workout facility and film room.
In the article, Paige rides Kyle Orton for not stepping up to the plate as captain and organizing team workouts.
But Orton hasn’t been heard from publicly for months.
The other captains last season were Daniel Graham, Chris Kuper, Brian Dawkins, Champ Bailey, D.J. Williams and Wesley Woodyard. Graham has been released. Woodyard is a restricted free agent. Williams was stripped of his captaincy after his arrest on DUI charges.
Why, then, wouldn’t the remaining veteran captains who combined are making tens of millions of dollars and endured that shameful experience last season rally their teammates en masse and chip in a few thousand bucks for the cost of a camp?
That all changed yesterday when Kyle Orton was spotted throwing passes to Eric Decker at a Brian Dawkins’ organized team workout. Dawkins got in contact with as many players as possible and under the guidance of trainer Loren Landow from the world renowned Steadman Hawkins Clinic, 15 Broncos players showed up in full force for agility drills, sprints, and other sport specific drills.
The Denver Post posted a video of yesterday’s activities. Dawkins showed his true leadership by organizing this, and we have to give Orton for showing up. However, if Orton truly believes that he’s this team’s starting QB as John Fox says he is, he’s got to step up and organize these workouts as well.
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