John Lynch and Egoscue Offseason Workout

Denver Broncos All-Pro Safety and future Hall-of-Famer John Lynch is out to prove the naysayers wrong.  Some believe that Lynch is past his prime.  Some believe that he doesn’t have much, if any, left in the tank.  Some would love not seeing #47 on the field for his 16th season next year.  The good news is that none of them are actually John Lynch.  Lynch was recently featured in the Rocky Mountain News and discussed his career and offseason Egoscue workout.  Lynch has been coming to Egoscue since he was in high school at Torrey Pines HS just down the road from out Del Mar headquarters.  This offseason he headed back to San Diego rather than staying in Denver to train with the team, and it sounds like the decision is paying off.  Best of luck to John and all the members of the Egoscue family who are working hard to stay out of pain.

Lynch trying to disprove skeptics

Lynch believes his play this year will silence detractors

Thursday, May 8, 2008

John Lynch is "training to be the best I can be this year" and isn't making any commitments about whether his 16th season in the NFL will be his last. "We'll see again next year," he said.

Dennis Schroeder / The Rocky/2007

John Lynch is “training to be the best I can be this year” and isn’t making any commitments about whether his 16th season in the NFL will be his last. “We’ll see again next year,” he said.

John Lynch has found another muse beyond his usual offseason, self-motivation tactics: doubt.

It’s not his own misgivings but the skepticism of others that drives the Broncos safety as he goes through three daily workouts, seven days a week.

Lynch is convinced there’s a segment in his own organization that believes his time as a full-time player has perhaps come and gone.

And while he has been down this path before, when a neck injury led to his release by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2004, the vibe feels different this time.

Having to take a pay cut in early March just to stay in Denver was one signal about his current standing in the organization’s eyes. Even more telling was the cold shoulder he believes he received from some within the organization after his decision to return.

Both, he said, let him know how he’s perceived at this juncture of his career.

“I think there’s a split among the staff,” Lynch said Wednesday after recognizing the academic, athletic and community achievements of young student leaders at his “Salute the Stars” program’s annual banquet. “Some were happy for me to come back and some didn’t say anything — which tells you something.”

Lynch believes coach Mike Shanahan is in his corner, “but there were some people who probably felt they were better without me” or, more succinctly, that he had become a “situational player.”

Lynch, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, including each of the past four seasons, admitted that running into such resistance was “hard to figure out” and that it “woke me up a little.”

But he said he’s not blind to his advancing football age, acknowledging that while “there are things you lose,” hard work and experience can help combat those deficiencies.

Lynch is combating his skeptics by trying to whip himself into the best shape of his life.

“You don’t get your feelings hurt, because if you’ve been around this long, it’s going to happen,” he said. “You look at the great players, Hall of Fame players, it’s happened to and it’s just the nature of the beast in this game. But while your feelings aren’t hurt, your pride hurts a little. And I’m going to show them — that’s my attitude.”

Lynch, 37 in September, likely will be a starter at a minicamp that begins May 19, but it more reflects his accumulated time on the Broncos roster than his roster standing. Hamza Abdullah, free-agent pickups Marlon McCree and Marquand Manuel and draftee Josh Barrett will get their chances to impress this summer, and the best two will win out.

“I’ve never been afraid of competition. But it’s a little different in that the last 12 years of my career, I’ve had a job and it was someone’s job to come and beat me out,” Lynch said, adding he has been assured he’ll get a fair shot at a full-time job. “This year, I don’t think at this position there are any jobs. There are four or five guys and they’re saying, ‘Have at it.’ It kind of fires me up.”

Lynch is working out in San Diego, apart from the Broncos’ offseason strength and conditioning program. But he stressed that has more to do with family issues and a comfort level with his longtime personal trainer, Pete Egoscue, than any issues with the team.

Lynch said he has Shanahan’s blessing and Broncos strength coach Rich Tuten, whom the safety said he admires, also is on board with his regimen.

“I kind of wanted to get back to my roots,” Lynch said.

And the goal of his workouts?

“I’m trying to turn back time. I’m doing everything I can to do that. And while Pro Bowls aren’t everything, I have made the last four and it wasn’t a fluke. I can still play the game at a high level and am ready to play it at an even higher level this year.”

As his charitable foundation extols, life is about striving for extraordinary things. He’s taking a page from that philosophy and trying to apply it to his longtime profession.

“For a guy to play at an All-Pro level in his 16th year is uncommon,” he said. “But I think I can do it.”

Lynch won’t put any limitations on his moving forward. There will be no farewell tour because, even if he were to call it quits after this season, which he could, it’s his belief it’s counterproductive to enter a season with the mind-set the end is coming.

“I’m training to be the best I can be this year and we’ll see again next year. I’m not going to make any commitments,” he said. “People say all the time, ‘This is going to be your last year.’ But I don’t know that.”

Pushing the limits

John Lynch has worked with former Marine Pete Egoscue as his trainer for more than 20 years and they’ve resumed their partnership this offseason. Core fitness and postural alignment are chief principles toward delivering total-body health under Egoscue’s regimen. Among the items on Lynch’s to-do list:

* Daily workouts at 5 a.m., 11 a.m. and after dinner.

* A varied approach to fitness, including items such as bear crawls on the beach, running hills, yoga, intensive stretching, obstacle course and barefoot drops in the sand.

* More pull-ups than perhaps he has done in his basement, Rocky-style.