The Broncos allowed just 20 sacks during the regular season and recorded a league-high six games without giving up a sack, with the offensive line paving the way for a unit that scored an NFL-record 606 points and racked up 7,317 yards of total offense. That group accomplished nearly all of it without three-time Pro Bowl tackle
PFF underlined the offensive line’s successes in the article, writing:
“When Ryan Clady went down who saw this coming? Well
In Sunday’s Divisional Round playoff win against the Chargers, the line was particularly efficient, as PFF noted that the 8.3 percent pressure rating on quarterback
“All in all tonight, I think we played well up front on both sides of the ball,” Head Coach John Fox said after the game.
“It was a good job by the guys up front,” Manning added.
PFF was particularly complimentary of the play of guard
Vasquez hasn’t allowed a sack since Week 13 of the 2012 season – over 13 months ago. His consecutive games streak is the longest among guards in the NFL.
Vasquez’s array of accomplishments came in his first year with the Broncos – he signed with Denver as a free agent during the offseason – although he noted that being around familiar players like his college teammate Manny Ramirez helped ease the transition.
“It’s been unbelievably awesome,” Vasquez said. “I’ve been blessed to come into a great team and also to see familiar faces—Center Manny Ramirez and guys like that. It’s been excellent.”
Ramirez and guard
“Every single week we have worked to get better and better than the week before,” Beadles said regarding the offensive line. “There have probably been some games in there that we didn’t take as big of a step forward as we may have wanted to from week to week. But, it has just been an ongoing process throughout the whole season.”
All five starting offensive linemen finished in the top five of their respective positions in Pro Bowl fan voting this year. Beadles led all NFL guards, finishing with 239,610 votes; Vasquez finished fifth with 183,182. Ramirez was second in voting among centers with 240,218. Tackle Chris Clark and Franklin ranked fourth and fifth, garnering 181,791 and 170,299 votes respectively.