Too many times in 2016, the Denver Broncos offense broke down as a result of their offensive line.
As we learned yesterday, offensive line coach Clancy Barone is out in Denver, along with a number of other offensive coaches that served under former head coach Gary Kubiak. It looks like they have their replacement just a day later in offensive line coach Jeff Davidson.
Davidson has coached 22 years on top of five-year NFL career that began as a Denver Bronco. He went into coaching with the New Orleans Saints immediately after retiring due to a shoulder injury in 1994.
Since then, he has coached for the New England Patriots in several capacities, served as offensive line coach for the Cleveland Browns, spent four years as offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers under John Fox at the end of his tenure, and most recently was an offensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings and finally the San Diego Chargers, where he served last year under Denver's new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1681565-5-reasons-you-should-go-p... The most notable part of this hire is Davidson's penchant for a power-blocking scheme up front, rather than the zone scheme that the Broncos employed for the last couple of seasons under Kubiak. The switch in philosophy will cause questions as to how the front office will approach acquiring new offensive linemen that are better suited to run a power scheme.
Three of the five starters on the offensive line — Russell Okung, Max Garcia, and Donald Stephenson — were either signed or drafted with the assumption that they would play in a zone scheme. If they can adapt and transition well, that may be their best shot for sticking around for the long term up front.
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Will Keys is an Editor for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.