There's no doubt the Denver Broncos have struggled to run the ball effectively through the first three games of the season. Averaging an anemic 57 yards rushing per game, the issue hasn't been the ball carrier.
The issue has been the offensive line.
The Broncos returned just one O-Line starter this year, right guard Louis Vasquez, who played much of 2014 at right tackle. Four of the five starting O-linemen weren't with the Broncos last season. Center Matt Paradis was on the practice squad.
Factoring that information and the fact that not only is this unit still trying to gel—establish communication and chemistry—they're doing it while also implementing a new system. It's a hybrid system that utilizes head coach Gary Kubiak's scheme and quarterback Peyton Manning's offensive hits.
And it's going to take time to iron out the kinks.
Which is why the buzz about trading for Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte has been, to put it frankly, ridiculous. Sure, the Bears seem to be willing to fire-sell right now, but the Broncos have a young, talented running back stable that features a Pro Bowler—C.J. Anderson—who happens to be five years younger than Forte.
Although I'll be the first to admit to often being dubious of Jason Cole's reporting, I don't doubt the veracity of this particular claim.
Aside from the O-line, Anderson's biggest obstacle thus far has been staying healthy. He's left the field in each of the Broncos first three regular season games banged up. We saw signs of improvement from the O-line in Detroit, and that will continue as the season unfolds.
And if Anderson or Thompson are too banged up to play in Week 4, or any game this year, the Broncos still have Kapri Bibbs on the practice squad and could call him up at any time.
Relax, and let nature take it's course in Denver. Gary Kubiak knows what he's doing. And C.J. Anderson has proven what type of player he is.
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