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Bronco Rob
06-07-2009, 07:35 AM
We’re still close to three months from the start of the season, but there’s little doubt about the Broncos’ position of strength heading into the 2009 campaign. While head coach Josh McDaniels cut through the roster he inherited, making changes almost across the board, he left the offensive line untouched, aside from adding a few new backups. All five O-line starters from last season — OLT Ryan Clady, OLG Ben Hamilton, C Casey Wiegmann, ORG Chris Kuper and ORT Ryan Harris — will return, giving the club some rare stability. But while the personnel hasn’t changed much, the O-line could play a much different role this year, we hear. The group is learning McDaniels’ complex scheme during OTAs and minicamps and will likely be asked to run-block much more frequently than last season, when the Broncos had the fifth-fewest rushes in the league (387). The Broncos still have a talented receiving corps, but they also have a much deeper backfield and two blocking tight ends in Daniel Graham and rookie Richard Quinn. At the very least, this should be a more balanced offense this year, although it would not be surprising to see it morph into a run-first attack.




http://www.profootballweekly.com/PFW/NFL/AFC/AFC+West/Denver/WWHI/2009/wwhi060609.htm

BroncoBuff
06-07-2009, 07:41 AM
We have confirmed it's still gonna be a zone-blocking scheme, right? Bobby Turner's still here after all.

elsid13
06-07-2009, 07:52 AM
We have confirmed it's still gonna be a zone-blocking scheme, right? Bobby Turner's still here after all.

The basis will still be the ZBS, but we will see more pulling guards and other stuff the NE uses.

tsiguy96
06-07-2009, 07:59 AM
im glad well be pulling guards. with guards as fast and athletic and strong as ours, you HAVE to.

lostknight
06-07-2009, 08:15 AM
Bear in mind, between having a much less mobile quarterback in the backfield, new schemes and new coaches at the top levels, the o-line will not be as good next year as it was this year.

BroncoMan4ever
06-07-2009, 12:57 PM
Bear in mind, between having a much less mobile quarterback in the backfield, new schemes and new coaches at the top levels, the o-line will not be as good next year as it was this year.

Orton is far from being Jay Cutler and breaking the pocket and running for long gains, but he isn't exactly Derek Anderson and just a statue behind the line. he moves and slides and buys extra seconds to find a receiver or an extra second to get rid of the ball.

cmhargrove
06-07-2009, 04:08 PM
Effective pass blocking is a much more difficult skill.

Every NFL lineman should be able to run block. And... I think we now have a very talented RB corps which makes even "ordinary" blocking look fantastic.

broncosteven
06-07-2009, 05:06 PM
The basis will still be the ZBS, but we will see more pulling guards and other stuff the NE uses.

I would like to see more counters and traps.

Mediator12
06-08-2009, 05:38 AM
Actually, they are going to be more balanced in the running game. Which means they will still zone block, but not as much as they used to. However, they will go to more heavy sets and simply run the ball with a power running scheme against certain teams and certain situations. McDaniels used the ZBS in NE, just not as the primary scheme. It remains to be seen how much he uses each system in DEN, but you can bet it will be more balanced in approach than DEN has used inthe past.

cutthemdown
06-08-2009, 06:00 AM
Wow least amount of rushes in NFL. That has got to change. You just can't win in the NFL passing that much. You have to run the ball to keep your defense off the field.

The worst your defense, the more you run on offense. Anyone who thinks that having a plethora of RBS is stupid is really missing the boat.

Moreno, Hillis, Buck, Jordan will all be needed because you can be sure someone gets injured.

Zone blocking great, I love how it gives RB more then one hole to choose. It sort of lets the holes make themselves and is hard to defend.

In the redzone and for short yrdage however I feel it doesn't work as well.

Broncos have some bigger players now, CLady, Harris, Kuper, couple big TE and a good blocking back in Hillis and maybe we can power it in a little more.

want2bAbronco2
06-08-2009, 09:09 AM
Broncos have some bigger players now, CLady, Harris, Kuper, couple big TE and a good blocking back in Hillis and maybe we can power it in a little more.

I pray to god! I have wanted to get a power running game for sooooooooo long.

Traveler
06-08-2009, 11:57 AM
At the very least, this should be a more balanced offense this year, although it would not be surprising to see it morph into a run-first attack.
http://www.profootballweekly.com/PFW/NFL/AFC/AFC+West/Denver/WWHI/2009/wwhi060609.htm

Wasn't that deal pretty much sealed when we traded Jay and drafted Moreno?