The best way to describe offensive linemen came from Bernie Lincicome in the early 1990s:
“The worse thing that can happen to any offensive lineman is to be noticed. Bright light is not good for the species. As one of the best of them once explained to me, ‘We’re like mushrooms. They keep us in the dark and feed us manure.’”
Fans of the Denver Broncos need to ignore that advice and give some attention to this unit. Through the first three days of training camp, the focus has been on the quarterbacks.
To what degree depends on your personal flavor … or annoyance level. Some can’t get enough. Some are done until this is over. One could argue it’s the biggest story in the NFL right now. “Who will become the Denver’s starting quarterback?” It isn’t just Broncos Country who wants to know, and until there is an answer, that’s where the focus of training camp will remain.
Don’t lose sight of the unit that’s just as important to the Broncos’ success — the offensive line. It doesn’t matter who the quarterback is if the five guys in front of him don’t make his job easier. If the running game doesn’t improve over the 2016 season, Denver’s offense will remain nonexistent, and the quarterback’s job even tougher.
The first three days haven’t been padded practices, per se, but for communication, timing, technique, recall and cohesiveness, this time has been crucial.
“Guys are still getting their legs under them and the communication has got to get better,” right tackle Menelik Watson said after Saturday’s practice. “I think some of the leaks you see is just communication…
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