In Ryan Clady’s rookie year, he gave up just half a sack. That’s an incredible feat for any player, but for a starter in his first year in the league, that’s simply remarkable. It seemed as if the Broncos really hit that first round draft pick out of the park.
Since 2008, Clady has given up 24.5 sacks, he’s been penalized a dozen times, and he gave up 9 sacks last season.
Is Clady’s decline in performance something to be concerned about or are his numbers more a reflection on the quarterbacks that he’s played with?
Clady played with a very mobile (but pass first QB) Jay Cutler his rookie year. That made things easier for him coming into the league. Then he helped protect non-mobile Kyle Orton who happily took sacks rather than forcing interceptions. Then of course, he protected Tim Tebow who was a run first, keep-the-play-alive-at-all-costs guy.
Nothing is going to help Clady bounce back more than playing with Peyton Manning, a guy who gets the ball out of his hands at the speed of light.
For those of you questioning Clady’s capabilities, stop. His career is on the uprise.