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Old 06-01-2010, 11:16 AM   #1
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Ranking offensive linemen in the AFC West

May, 31, 2010 May 3112:00PM ET

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Our AFC West position-by-position rankings are continuing with the offensive line. We are going 14 players deep this year. If he is on the list, then he’s pretty good.

1. Ryan Clady, Denver, T: One of the best offensive linemen in the NFL. The Broncos hope he recovers from a partially torn patella tendon in his knee (which he suffered playing basketball) in time to start the season. Denver will miss him terribly if he can’t return right away.

2. Ryan Harris, Denver, T: Harris is an underrated player. He is a dominant right tackle who is extremely athletic. Denver’s offense suffered terribly when he injured his toe in the seventh game of last season.

3. Nick Hardwick, San Diego, C: Hardwick has been dealing with injuries in recent years. Still, he remains a top-flight center.

4. Kris Dielman, San Diego, G:He quietly goes about his business and is one of the better players at his craft. He’s a sturdy force on San Diego’s offense.

5. Marcus McNeill, San Diego, T: McNeill had a very good season in 2009. He is an upper-echelon left tackle and is just reaching his prime.

6. Chris Kuper, Denver, G: Kuper is a tough, hard-working player. Had Denver not given him a first-round tender, he likely would have been snapped up in restricted free agency.

7. Louis Vasquez, San Diego, G: He was the best rookie in the AFC West last year, becoming an instant impact player on the deepest line in the division.

8. Branden Albert, Kansas City, T: Albert is a work in progress. But he is a talented player. The Chiefs clearly think he can be the answer at left tackle or they would have taken Russell Okung instead of safety Eric Berry at No. 5 last month.

9. Robert Gallery, Oakland, G: Gallery is a solid player at guard. He is Oakland’s best offensive linemen. He needs better health in 2010.

10. Casey Wiegmann, Kansas City, C: Wiegmann may be aging, but expect him to help toughen the Chiefs’ offensive line with his return in 2010.

11. Brian Waters, Kansas City, G: Still, a very formable player. Waters is a pro’s pro. He's very steady. He’ll be a big reason why the Chiefs will run the ball well this season.

12. Ryan Lilja, Kansas City, G: He is another reason why Kansas City will be much better on the offensive line. He’s a rugged player.

13. Cooper Carlisle, Oakland, G: Carlisle just keeps ticking. Steady and quiet, he simply gets the job done.

14. Mario Henderson, Oakland, T: Henderson is still learning to play at the NFL level. He has a chance to be an above-average player.

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Old 06-01-2010, 11:22 AM   #2
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Yeah, unless none of the rookies show up to play we have the best line.

Clady and Harris make up one of the 3 best OT pairs in the league, Kuper is a very servicable guard and hopefully we can get something good out of the Olsens, Beadles and Walton.
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if our young interior linemen pan out our line should be really good for a long time
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I wouldn't say any of the AFC West OL's are that great. So having the best isn't much of an honor.
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I wouldn't say any of the AFC West OL's are that great. So having the best isn't much of an honor.
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Ranking offensive linemen in the AFC West

May, 31, 2010 May 3112:00PM ET

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Our AFC West position-by-position rankings are continuing with the offensive line. We are going 14 players deep this year. If he is on the list, then he’s pretty good.

1. Ryan Clady, Denver, T: One of the best offensive linemen in the NFL. The Broncos hope he recovers from a partially torn patella tendon in his knee (which he suffered playing basketball) in time to start the season. Denver will miss him terribly if he can’t return right away.

8. Branden Albert, Kansas City, T: Albert is a work in progress. But he is a talented player. The Chiefs clearly think he can be the answer at left tackle or they would have taken Russell Okung instead of safety Eric Berry at No. 5 last month.
Obviously BW doesn't read CP, if he did, he would know that Albert is in fact a better LT than Clady.
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Old 06-01-2010, 11:39 AM   #8
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They may be the best of the bunch of turds that are in the AFCW.
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Obviously BW doesn't read CP, if he did, he would know that Albert is in fact a better LT than Clady.
They always do that. I've had that argument with them so many times.

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Broncos | Hope Russ Hochstein will be ready for camp
Tue, 01 Jun 2010 12:32:34 -0400
The Denver Broncos are hoping OL Russ Hochstein (knee) will be able to participate at the start of training camp, according to Mike Klis, of The Denver Post.



Broncos | Ryan Harris expected to practice this week
Tue, 01 Jun 2010 12:26:37 -0400
Denver Broncos OT Ryan Harris (toe) is expected to participate in the team's offseason workouts this week but could be limited during the practices, according to Mike Klis, of The Denver Post.


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The Broncos O line looked a lot more impressive working under Shanahan's system than McDaniels'. They definitely have a nice set of tackles but you can't call it an elite group overall with the interior in flux the way it is. It's a lot easier to rebuild the interior than it is the bookends, though.

San Diego's offensive line is probably the second best followed by Oakland. The Chargers lost two starters in the opening game and had injuries all year so you have to kind of pick which group of players you want to rate. They came together well at several different points of the season with several different combinations of starters but never had any continuity. Vasquez came on strong around mid-season and Clary had his best season before going to IR. Mruckzkowski was playing awesome at center after he had some time to learn the position. I'm surprised that no team attempted to trade for him this offseason. Probably because he ended the season on IR, too. They all took more heat than they deserved for the lack of run game production. You can't block those blades of grass that were taking LT down when he had holes. I'd rank SD's offensive line somewhere near the middle of the pack in the NFL.

Oakland has some good players but holes at key spots and KC's offensive line pretty much sucks across the board.
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The Broncos O line looked a lot more impressive working under Shanahan's system than McDaniels'. They definitely have a nice set of tackles but you can't call it an elite group overall with the interior in flux the way it is. It's a lot easier to rebuild the interior than it is the bookends, though.

San Diego's offensive line is probably the second best followed by Oakland. The Chargers lost two starters in the opening game and had injuries all year so you have to kind of pick which group of players you want to rate. They came together well at several different points of the season with several different combinations of starters but never had any continuity. Vasquez came on strong around mid-season and Clary had his best season before going to IR. Mruckzkowski was playing awesome at center after he had some time to learn the position. I'm surprised that no team attempted to trade for him this offseason. Probably because he ended the season on IR, too. They all took more heat than they deserved for the lack of run game production. You can't block those blades of grass that were taking LT down when he had holes. I'd rank SD's offensive line somewhere near the middle of the pack in the NFL.

Oakland has some good players but holes at key spots and KC's offensive line pretty much sucks across the board.
I agree with this pretty much word for word.

The Chargers starting five isn't that impressive as they used to be but overall I think they have some pretty nice depth with Mruczkowski and Dombrowski. (That ain't easy to type!)
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The Broncos O line looked a lot more impressive working under Shanahan's system than McDaniels'. They definitely have a nice set of tackles but you can't call it an elite group overall with the interior in flux the way it is. It's a lot easier to rebuild the interior than it is the bookends, though.

San Diego's offensive line is probably the second best followed by Oakland. The Chargers lost two starters in the opening game and had injuries all year so you have to kind of pick which group of players you want to rate. They came together well at several different points of the season with several different combinations of starters but never had any continuity. Vasquez came on strong around mid-season and Clary had his best season before going to IR. Mruckzkowski was playing awesome at center after he had some time to learn the position. I'm surprised that no team attempted to trade for him this offseason. Probably because he ended the season on IR, too. They all took more heat than they deserved for the lack of run game production. You can't block those blades of grass that were taking LT down when he had holes. I'd rank SD's offensive line somewhere near the middle of the pack in the NFL.

Oakland has some good players but holes at key spots and KC's offensive line pretty much sucks across the board.
Denver will have the best OL. Walton was a good pick and should immediately help with the good OT's.

SD is good, but I dont' think their OL is that good. The whole right side is suspect IMO.

I would take KC over Oakland though. Albert showed a lot in the 2nd half last year and Lilja is no slouch. I'm still schocked he was let go by the Colts. He did a great for them. Plus Asamoah was seen by a lot of people as the 2nd best G in the draft and he looks really good on tape.

We shall see though.
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I agree with this pretty much word for word.

The Chargers starting five isn't that impressive as they used to be but overall I think they have some pretty nice depth with Mruczkowski and Dombrowski. (That ain't easy to type!)
SD do a very nice job with the talent they do have on OL though. They're one of the teams that can still go towards max protect and get the job done in the passing game with big physical targets that know how to get open quickly like Jackson, Gates and an accurate QB firing the ball.
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Weigman went back to the Chiefs? Hahahaha, he's like a big middle linebacker playing center. Sure, he'll start the season off at 285 but I bet he's down to 270 by mid season. He's too small. And he'll be 37 before training camp even starts. I'm glad the Broncos realized they could not continue down that road. They needed size and youth at Center and I think Walton is going to be a really good one.

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It ain't that way now. Bohemian Grove is a club of high-profile Republicans & corporate giants. I usta work there... met Newt Gingrich, Henry Kissinger, Clint Eastwood & the like. No women are allowed in, but I never saw Clint kissing Newt or anything like that at all.
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