Revealing Common Sense Solutions to fix the Broncos' Offensive Line

Erick Trickel

The Denver Broncos have not had a good offensive line for quite a while. There have been many attempts to fix it, but the attempts have been suspect at best. 

The unit's inconsistency has reared its ugly head yet again and the play of the quarterback has been unable to hide it.

With the hiring of Mike Munchak to coach the O-line, there were many expecting early returns, but the truth is, the Broncos simply don't have a lot of talent upfront. This unit allowed a heretofore struggling Kansas City Chiefs defense to apply pressure and be in the Broncos' backfield all night long. 

There have to be changes made because the starting five as currently comprised isn’t the answer going forward.

That isn’t saying the Broncos don’t have a piece or two on the O-line, just that many of the pieces the team has are not and should not be part of the future plans. In the position the Broncos currently find themselves, this season should turn into a period of evaluation to ascertain what they have behind some of these struggling starters and determine whether they can be a solid piece going forward. 

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Not to mention that the reps some of these younger players can get could be a big boost for their development. When you know someone isn’t the answer, you have to figure out whether someone else you have on the roster might be. 

What makes this tough for the Broncos is that they just lack talent in general on their offensive line, and especially in their depth. It is time to evaluate that depth because the Broncos have to know what they have oin their  O-line going into the offseason, and especially the 2020 NFL Draft.

What changes can the Broncos make to even approach fixing the O-line this year? In the video above, I break it down in-depth. Am I up in the night? Tell me in the comment section below. 

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Comments (18)
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Chad Jensen
Chad Jensen

Editor

Well done. I would totally rubber-stamp this solution on the O-line because....how could it get worse?

Badbrew77
Badbrew77

No offense Erick but moving Risner to LT shouldn’t be an option to put a guy in at LT who has never played that position at the pro level is just a disaster waiting to happen! LT is a difficult position to play because of the speed that the DE’s possess now you have no idea if Risner can hold up to that speed or not. I understand he played T some in college but there is a huge difference between college and the NFL. Also moving Leary isn’t a very good idea either they tried it before and he did nothing but struggle as a RG that’s why they moved him back to LG his more natural position. Your idea of moving James to LT and playing Rodgers at RT is about the best solution you had and I’m not sure it is feasible either. The Oline is just devoid of talent so no matter what lineup you use it probably won’t be any more effective than it is now. I agree with you Bolles needs to be taken off the field but I can’t say Elway and the coaching staff agrees.

Erick   Trickel
Erick Trickel

Editor

So teams shouldn't play rookies at LT? Your logic behind not putting Risner there doesn't work. Risner also got reps there in the offseason and looked great. It also comes down to, he can't be worse than what Garett Bolles has put out there. There are also some in the building that wanted Risner at LT when they drafted him.

In those offseason reps, he shut down Chubb and Miller. You don't know what you have if you don't try it.

As for Leary, he is playing at RG now and is struggling. left guard was where he played his best in a Broncos uniform. That is what I suggest, moving him back to LG where he was best in a Broncos uniform.

As for James and Rodgers, that may be the best solution and has the least moving pieces. To argue against it because they are devoid of talent is arguing for the reasoning behind why they should. You know Bolles ain't it. You know Wilkinson ain't it. So what do you do? You give players a shot and see if you can't find something that works better than what the Broncos are currently fielding. Sitting idle on something that is trash, doesn't work in the NFL.

Your argument can be made for the QB position as well.

As for coaching staff and Elway, there are many that agree they need to make changes. They have been working to figure out what changes they can make. Everything I suggest, I can guarantee has been spoken about internally about actually doing.

Bronco4life
Bronco4life

Risner has played right tackle but for him to play left tackle is not an option . It’s just not the same thing

milehighguy
milehighguy

I would not be averse to trying Rogers (or even Anderson) at LT and seeing if Leary looks better at RG once James is back at RT. Not sure I would've started the season with McGovern at C, (he was better as a G), but hate to shuffle too many people around at this point. Wilkinson might be better as a G than RT. We need to draft a couple of stud OL in 2020!

Trevor Judge
Trevor Judge

What about (left to right) James, Wilkinson, McGovern, Leary, Risner

milehighguy
milehighguy

Whatever happened to Cyrus Kouandjio? Seems like he played well in camp last year and was cut mainly because his only position was LT.

Chad Jensen
Chad Jensen

Editor

@milehighguy Never forget the Kouand!

CUBuffinTX
CUBuffinTX

Cy and his brother are both on the same team in the XFL

debil orange
debil orange

Wow Eric Trickel you must have been up all night with these solutions. I have a question for you. Do you or anyone else honestly think Munchack and his coaches have not thought of your very ideas and probably tried all them? I truly hope you and anyone else in the media don't feel that way. Munchack is the best O Line coach in the league. I'm confident he and his coaches have been working on the issues non-stop. One more opinion about your idea on how to fix the O Line. It hardly ever works the way you want it to when switching players on the O Line. The blocking schemes and assignments are not the same for every lineman. When you add that factor into the fact that you are taking a rookie that has a seemingly very high ceiling for his talent, and now halfway through a season wanting him to learn a whole new scheme and line assignment, you are opening the possibility you may destroy this young man's future. Most people feel that O Lineman do not have to be as talented mentally as the other positions on the field. That is a misconception. O Lineman are not huge, strong, not so sharp massive men. Especially in this new NFL. Now, halfway through the regular season is not the time to experiment. That is what the OTA's, mini camps and pre-season is for.


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