Posted Mon Aug 17th by Monty
Is the national media really recognizing and praising the Denver Broncos offensive line? Nah, it couldn’t be, not after Ryan Clady was robbed of last year’s Pro Bowl and still has a Madden player rating lower than Jake Long‘s.
Don’t look now, but that’s exactly what ESPN has done, ranking all 32 teams’ offensive lines in both run and pass blocking and placing Clady and company at the top. ESPN ranks Denver tops in pass protection and 3rd in run blocking, behind only the Panthers and Giants.
Says Scouts Inc.’s Matt Williamson:
“Somewhat surprising to many, this just might be the best line in the league. It doesn’t get a lot of fanfare, but its bookend tackles are excellent, especially Ryan Clady. Coach Josh McDaniels would be very wise not to change things up from a scheme perspective up front. Only the Giants average more yards per rush than Denver, even though the Broncos go through running backs at a remarkable pace. No line in the league allowed its quarterback to be sacked as infrequently per pass attempt.”
Now that’s what I like to see. Take the geography and flash out of the equation and just look at football, and the Broncos land where they belong – at the top. With a little more pub like this, maybe guys like Clady and Ryan Harris can find themselves in
Honolulu Miami this year.