Wysłany: 2019-01-11, 06:45 HT: Things are looking up for the Broncos’ O-line
When the Denver Broncos selected Garett Bolles with the 20th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft Youth Customized Denver Broncos Jerseys , there was plenty of debate. Some fans thought the Broncos should have chosen Ryan Ramczyk or Cam Robinson instead. Other fans pounded the table for a defensive playmaker. It was a pretty controversial pick in Broncos Country. And unfortunately, Bolles’ rookie season did little to alleviate the controversy. Penalties & pass blocking issues overshadowed good run blocking for a Broncos fanbase that was not inclined to be patient.It was far from just Bolles, though. The Broncos did boast a Pro Bowl quality center & guard combo in Matt Paradis and Ron Leary, but Max Garcia had an awful season at left guard. And as for the right tackle position... well, the less said about that disaster, the better.Now, quite a bit has changed.The two biggest changes don’t even involve the offensive linemen directly:The Broncos let Brock Osweiler walk, traded Trevor Siemian away, and cut Paxton Lynch. On the flipside, they signed Case Keenum & promoted Chad Kelly.The Broncos fired offensive line coach Jeff Davidson. They replaced him with Chris Strausser, who they promoted from assistant o-line coach to Offensive Line-Tackles coach, and Sean Kugler. Kugler, the former head coach at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP), is the Offensive Line-Guards/Centers coach.With better coaching & greatly improved QB play, the entire Broncos offensive line is, well, flourishing. Connor McGovern has stepped in across from Leary, with Garcia now a backup. And John Elway pulled off a heck of an offseason trade, bringing veteran offensive tackle Jared Veldheer in from the Arizona Cardinals for the low www.broncosauthorizedshops.com , low price of a 6th round pick.The results are speaking for themselves. Pro Football Focus has both Bolles & Veldheer among the top 25 offensive tackles in the NFL, and Paradis is among the best centers. Overall, they’re currently ranking the Broncos’ O-line as the 13th best in the NFL. That’s a huge step up from an abysmal 2017!But perhaps even more telling is Football Outsiders’ take on the Broncos’ offensive line: Adjusted Line Yards: 3rdPower Running Rank: 7thStuffed Rank: 15th2nd Level Rank: 9thOpen Field Rank: 5thPass Protection: 4thWith just 2 sacks allowed, the Broncos are allowing an Adjusted Sack Rate of just 3.0%. One thing to note: opponent adjustments aren’t factored in until after Week 4 due to sample size, so we’ll see where things stand then.For good measure, here’s how the Broncos rank on runs in each direction:Left End: 9thLeft Tackle: 31stMid/Guard: 9thRight Tackle: 8thRight End: 5thThe low rank on runs toward the Left Tackle is a bit concerning, but let’s add a bit of context: only 4% of the Broncos’ runs have been headed that way, so each individual play’s impact is magnified. And besides- there are a whole lot more single digit rankings up there to get excited about.Beyond just the stats, the offensive line’s progress has been clear to see for anyone watching the games. Success in the trenches is a big part of having a successful NFL offense, and the marked improvement in this area is helping turn one of the league’s worst 2017 offenses into one of its more intriguing 2018 units.Horse Tracks5 reasons Baker Mayfield’s 2-point conversion for the Browns was amazing - SBNation.comHe’s done this before ... at Oklahoma!Jets vs. Browns results: Baker Mayfield leads Cleveland to 21-17 win - SBNation.comThe Browns picked up a win and got a fantastic debut for Baker Mayfield against the Jets on Thursday.How the Browns beat the Jets to get their first win since 2016 - SBNation.comRookies Baker Mayfield and Denzel Ward starred in the Browns’ first win since Robert Griffin III was the starter.Carlos Hyde rushes to hospital to welcome baby after helping Browns win - SBNation.comCarlos Hyde will soon be a new dad after the Browns beat the Jets on "Thursday Night Football."Browns fans open Bud Light fridges to celebrate a win with free beer - SBNation.comFree beer is free beer, and Clevelanders earned this one.The best reactions to the Browns’ win, 635 days in the making - SBNation.comLebron James, J.R. Smith, and Lincoln Riley were among the members of the sports world happy to see the Browns FINALLY win a game.What was happening in the world the last time the Browns had won a game - SBNation.comThe Browns finally have another win ... 635 days later.The Browns won because of Baker Mayfield and the RALLY POSSUM! - SBNation.comThere goes the Dawg Pound.2 NFL teams still flying under the radar and more takeaways from Week 2 - SBNation.comThe Bengals and Dolphins are both off to 2-0 starts, just like nobody predicted. Retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz explains why those two teams are for real and more thoughts on Week 2.Antonio Brown on frustrations: 'We're losing. We suck' - NFL.comThe Pittsburgh Steelers are 0-1-1 entering Week 3, and wide receiver Antonio Brown isn’t happy about it. Brown discussed his turbulent week with local reporters Thursday.Carr: 'It hurts your heart to see' Khalil Mack off Raiders - NFL.comLooking beyond coach Jon Gruden's somewhat strange comments about how difficult it is to find quality pass-rushers, it appears the Raiders are still trying to come to terms with Khalil Mack no longer on the team.Buckeyes DE Nick Bosa out indefinitely after surgery - NFL.comCollege football will be without one of its top defensive players. Ohio State Buckeyes DE Nick Bosa underwent surgery Thursday for a core muscle injury, and coach Urban Meyer said there is no timetable for his return.Terrell Davis: Lindsay can break my rushing record - NFL.comBroncos RB Phillip Lindsay became the first undrafted free agent in NFL history with over 100 scrimmage yards in each of his first two games. HOFer Terrell Davis has high expectations for the rookie.NFL Week 3 game picks: Falcons top Saints; Steelers edge Bucs - NFL.comWill the Rams or Chargers claim L.A. supremacy? Can the Steelers earn their first win of the season against a surprising Buccaneers team? Falcons or Saints in Atlanta? Elliot Harrison picks every Week 3 game. Lost in the distractions of the last 24 hours, John Elway called this is a “must-win” game. That doesn’t leave room for much else as the Denver Broncos head east to face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. We’ll find out whether what see saw in the desert last Thursday against the Arizona Cardinals was a mirage or really real. At least the Broncos (3-4) head to Kansas City with a win Denver Broncos Womens T-Shirt , and one on the road, to give them a little bit of confidence for the Chiefs (6-1).Offensive RankingsDenver: Fourteenth in overall offense (376.4 yards), eighth in rushing (125.1), 19th in passing (251.3) and 19th in points (23.6).Kansas City: Third in overall offense (437.4 yards), 10th in rushing (124.3), fifth in passing (313.1) and first in points (37.1).Defense RankingsDenver: Twenty-second in overall defense (378.0 yards), 31st in rushing (148.1), 10th in passing (229.9) and 13th in points (23.4).Kansas City: Thirty-second in overall defense (435.4 yards), 23rd in rushing (118.9), 31st in passing (316.6) and 22nd in points (26.0).Here are our keys to the game. Orange Rush The Broncos defense needs to box in, pressure and hit Patrick Mahomes. In the first game on Monday Night Football, the edge guys got too far up the field allowing Mahomes to play school-yard football. Box him in on both sides, keep him in the pocket and hit him — repeatedly. Denver’s defense is the only one to truly test Mahomes. Now with the Orange Rush building steam, ace the test with a second chance to take it. — Ian St. Clair Discipline Gap and eye discipline on defense, and executional discipline on offense. Against a team like the Chiefs, and the offense they run, Denver is going to need to be assignment sound on defense and not get caught in all the movement and motions they’ll throw at you.On offense, you can’t afford drive-killing penalties, drops Denver Broncos Hats , or missed throws, all of which have hurt the Broncos in key moments so far this season. — Jeff Essary Clean QB play Case Keenum has to get his head on straight. To win, he needs his first zero-turnover game of the season while delivering the ball consistently and leading the team on long scoring drives. Give the defense time to rest. By the same token, Bill Musgrave needs to call a game that plays to Keenum’s strengths like he did against Arizona. — Taylor Kothe Acceptance We will have to realize and accept that the Broncos are a ways away and the Chiefs are legitimate Super Bowl contenders. As painful as both realities are, many of us fans will reach that critical acceptance phase after this game. The search for a franchise quarterback continues in 2019. — Tim Lynch (Editor’s note:) Tim comes in like ... Change the game The Broncos can beat Kansas City. Denver might not be able to beat the Chiefs in a football game, but I’m quite certain it can find a game that it can beat them. For instance, if a game of basketball broke out. Maybe the Broncos should sit down and play UNO at midfield. Changing the game completely is a surefire way to beat a team that would not expect to have to play Monopoly. That changing the game bit might be the most important aspect. Denver has to change things up and confuse the Chiefs. If the Broncos can come out and show different looks, run an up tempo offense, and confuse KC, they could come away with a win. Or they could just challenge them to a game of four-square. — Adam Malnati The MHR Radio Podcast is now on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Acast, Stitcher, TuneIn and a few other podcast hosts. Please subscribe to the one that fits your fancy, and also rate and review what you hear.What are your keys to victory for the Broncos?