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Seven Days of Clady--Day #3

The final countdown to the end of the ProBowl voting has begun, and that means you only have 5 days left to make your vote count!  Dec 9th at Noon EST is the deadline, and time is flying.

To help rally the votes I will be using this series of posts to give you reasons every day to get out and throw some votes up for one of the most impressive rookie campaigns we have had the pleasure of seeing.  I know a lot of you have been trying to vote everyday, and to you I can only say Awesome! and Keep it up!  I have been voting 10 times per day for a little while now, but I recently timed how long it took to vote twenty times on a DSL connection.  It only took me five minutes, so I have decided to up the ante a bit.  If you are up to the challenge, try the following:  set a timer for ten minutes and vote as many times as you can in that ten minute time span.  Try it again tomorrow, to see if you can beat your previous best, and know that it is all for a great cause!

On the Third day of Clady... 

Ryan Clady #78


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Check out the following list of credentials:

  • Rookie left tackle selected in the first round.
  • Starts every game in his rookie year.
  • Acted like a seasoned pro in and out of the lockerroom.
  • Helped his oline post the third best sacks allowed total in the NFL.
  • Allowed only a single sack all season.
  • Was one of the least penalized linemen in the NFL.

So are we talking about Ryan Clady?  Nope.  That list of achievements belongs to 2007 Pro Bowl alternate Joe Thomas.

Clady's list looks even BETTER

Like Thomas, Clady has been nothing but the consumate professional since his arrival in Denver.  Within minutes of drafting him, Shanahan announced that Clady would be the starting LT.  Clady hasn't let him down, starting in every game of his rookie campaign.  And while the Browns would finish the year tied for third in sacks allowed with a total of 19, Denver is currently tied for 1st with only 8 sacks allowed.

Clady's half sack allowed so far edges him around Thomas, but Clady's game has also been nearly devoid of mental errors as well.  Clady's 3 penalties (illegal formation, holding, false start) are among the fewest for an offensive tackle in the league, and more than twice as good as Thomas' 7 penalties posted in 2007, including a set of back-to-back false starts which ended a Browns drive and cost them a game late during their failed hunt for the 2007 playoffs.

Joe Thomas found his way into the ProBowl in 2007.  Clady deserves as much, if not more, consideration.