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Continuity is Key: Broncos Offensive Line Moving Forward

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In 2010, the Denver Broncos had the 26th worst rushing attack in the NFL and much of the blame was placed upon the offensive linemen, somewhat fairly so. The offensive line also allowed 40 sacks (a gruesome number when you consider the team’s 2008 squad allowed only 12 sacks). In their defense, throughout much of the season that offensive line was playing with inexperienced guard Stanley Daniels and fellow back-up guard Russ Hochstein, among others. The running backs also weren’t doing much to help the cause (images of Laurence Maroney dancing in the backfield for half a minute before finally hitting the hole which had since been closed by the middle linebacker flash through my mind). When, towards the end of the season, the original line was back in place (Clady, Beadles, Walton, Kuper and Harris), Denver’s rushing attack improved week after week and the quarterbacks (mostly rookie Tim Tebow) received more time in pocket – which resulted in better decision making and an improved offense. If the Broncos offensive line is to continue to improve heading into next season (if there is a season), continuity will be key. For an offensive line to be successful, the group have to mesh and work together well, and that’s just what Denver’s offensive line did at the conclusion of 2010. The Broncos should do everything in their power to keep the offensive line in tact, retaining all of the above mentioned original five starters. "I’m really excited about what we have going up front," said Broncos starting left guard Zane Beadles on Saturday. "I think we have a lot of young talent and the more we play together the better we’ll get."

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