The Broncos’ makeover of the O-line was continuing after Donald Stephenson joined the team. There is no any surprise on the offensive line in the new league year.
It seems to be unbelievable,because Head Coach Gary Kubiak and Executive Vice President/General Manager John Elway made it extremely clear at the NFL Scouting Combine that the line is the most needed improvement after suffering an injury,but there is a inconsistent performance in 2015.
“Obviously it’s a position that we think we need to improve upon offensively”,Kubiak said Feb. 24.
“Obviously that’s an aspect that we can get better”,Elway added one day later. “and it will be a key point for us this year as we go into free agency as well as the draft.”
The Broncos now hope that they can getter better by changing.
With the release of Louis Vasquez who is free-ahent departure of Evan Mathis and the additions of Russell Okung and Donald Stephenson in the last eight days, the Broncos’ line is guaranteed to have a dramatically different look than it did in Super Bowl 50. Only Matt Paradis is projected to be back at the position he started on Feb. 7.
Okung was handled the role as the started at left tackle for the last six seasons in Seattle,and he is in the same role now.
He has missed just five games in the last two seasons even though ha dealt with injuries in his carrer and not played 16 games in a season since returning from injured reserve midway through the Seahawks’ 2013 world-championship season.
What’s more,his physical condition is upswing.Shoulder injury that suffered in the Seahawks’ divisional-round loss at Carolina in January will be completely healed before the training camp.
Compared to Ryan Clady,with whom Elway was talking about a restructured contract. Clay has played in just 19 of a possible 55 games (including postseason) since signing a contract after the Broncos gave him the franchise tag in 2013. While Okung’s durability has improved the last three years.
Okung on the left side and Stephenson on the right side, Ty Sambrailo will appears to be at one of the guard spots, with fellow who draftee in 2015 will be handled the other position. Sambrailo will come back to full strength later this spring after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum suffered in Week 3 of last year.
Michael Schofield, he is a swing tackle, but has some position in left guard. The Broncos have two tackles that they feel fit their zone-blocking scheme perfectly; they are talented in the position.Okung had an amply experience in zone-blocking when his rookie season. The Seahawks’ offensive-line coach was Alex Gibbs who was a long assistant implemented this scheme. Gibbs retired before that season, but the Seahawks used zone principles throughout the last six seasons.