I have written several times stating that one of the more important players needing to step up this year is Robert Ayers. Ayers needs to become a force opposite DOOM for several reasons two being (1) take pressure off Doom (balance out the defense) and (2) justify his high pick and salary. The majority of fans were dissapointed in his play last year, me included. This year he has to show that he can get to the QB and make plays against the run and while in coverage. I am hoping that Ayers can finish the 2010 season strong with at least 50+ tackles, 1+ Int, 1+ forced fumble and at least 5+ sacks. If he can become a good starting OLB he would allow the Broncos to draft a stud DE or ILB with one of their top picks next year. He would also allow MCD to avoid the embarrassment and criticism of wasting our first two picks (Ayers and A. Smith) during the 2009 draft. This is what was written in the "Rumor" section at ESPN. What do other Bronco fans think?
Given Denver Broncos linebacker Robert Ayers' high draft stock -- and subsequent high compensation -- the fact that he's yet to establish himself as a starter is very disconcerting. Although it's a little early to call him a bust, especially considering that the depth chart can change before the games start to count, he could be headed in that direction.
As a matter of fact, J.I. Halsell of the Football Outsiders is ready to bestow an imaginary award on Ayers, named after another young defender that showed great promise -- and was drafted pretty high -- but has yet to show anything of substance as an NFL player:
"If the award existed, Robert Ayers would have received the 'Vernon Gholston Award for Underachievement' last season. The 18th-overall pick appeared in 15 games with just 13 tackles, one start and zero sacks. Despite his poor play, Ayers still earned a $3.6 million playtime-driven roster bonus and was advanced $4.7 million of his guaranteed future salaries. The Broncos hope to receive more in return for this money in 2010." - J.I. Halsell