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August 26, 2008 12:58 PM

A few notes from Mike Denbrock

Posted by Bob Condotta

Offensive line coach Mike Denbrock met with a few members of the media here a liltle while ago, Here's some of what he said:

On the return of Juan Garcia and what it means to the team: "I think it helps to see that all things are possible. None of us would have stood here in the spring after his injury and said this is maybe even a possibility or conceivable. And things have kind of fallen together and he's worked his tail off in rehab and the doctors and our training staff have done an outstanding job helping him come along. Just the sheer inspiration from seeing someone struggle with what could be a career-ending injury and go through the rehab process and get himself back in a position to start is remarkable in itself.

"I care way more about Juan Garcia the person than Juan Garcia the football player and I'm pretty fond of him as a football player, so that tells you a little of what he means to me. What's unique about it is I don't think there is a guy on the team who feels any differently about him than I do. He has a way of rubbing off on you that he's a guy you love to be around.''

On how much Garcia can play Saturday: "We're going to keep a real close eye on him. I don't really know the answer to that until we get into it and get into the heat of battle because things happen a lot faster on game day than you can simulate in practice. So we're going to have to keep a close eye on him, especially early in the game to see how it goes. ... When the lights come on we'll just kind of have to see how it goes. The more snaps he can play, the better it is for us, I think, but we'll have to gauge that by what's goinig on in the football game and how he feels.''

On Ryan Tolar not being a starter: "I consider Ryan Tolar our sixth starter, if you can have such a thing. You can only list five guys as starters on the depth chart. I know there has been some peope ask me about that already, but Ryan Tolar is a starter in my mind and in his mind. I want to make it clear to him that he's going to play a very significant role in what we do, even though he's not listed necessarily as one of the first five guys that he's right in the mix with any of the other guys.''

On whether that's a happy problem to have essentially an extra starter: "It's a happy problem, but it needs to be managed, too. It's just making sure yo have the lines of communication open and they know where you stand and where they stand. ... They all realize they are all talented and they all deserve to play to play and while they may not like it or agree with it in the heat of the moment, maybe they all understand it.''

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