Is Denver's offensive line really this bad, or is this just a convenient narrative to nitpick?http://www.denverpost.com/portal/lunchs ... loopback=1
"It's worse than bad — it's horrendous," said Mark Schlereth, the ESPN analyst and ex-Broncos Pro Bowl offensive lineman. "I watch every game of every team every week. It's bad technique-wise, athleticism-wise, toughness-wise. If I was grading, giving an F would be kind."
I caught up with him while co-hosting Nate Kreckman's 102.3 ESPN show, and seldom have I ever heard a sports person more candid about anything. At one point, John Elway's old teammate said, "I know I'm going to get a bunch of texts and calls for this, but I'm sick. I just broke down three (Denver) game films and it's sickening.
"The Broncos won't beat anybody come playoff time, nobody, unless we're healthy at the receiver position, running circles around people, and No. 18 is just shredding people. If there's a we-have-to-run-it situation, if there's a third-and-2, we might as well punt, because we're going to get shoved in the backfield."
"I just watched (division rival) Kansas City, basically lay it on Seattle, and their O-line is fun to watch. And then I just watch (the Broncos) stuff, and I just want to throw up. ...
"We can sit here and dance around the subject, but they need to fire them all and start over."
It's too late to do that. It'll be fascinating to see how Denver's maddening matadors respond in these next two games, including one against fellow first-place foe Kansas City.