As we reported earlier in the week, the Denver Broncos could be on the hunt for three starting-caliber offensive linemen. With the hiring of Mike McCoy as offensive coordinator, and the subsequent addition of Jeff Davidson to coach the O-line, it is expected that the Broncos will move more toward a predominantly power-blocking scheme.
Like all NFL teams, the Broncos will sprinkle in some zone principles, which is why the team hired John Benton to be Davidson's O-line assistant. Unfortunately, the Broncos could lose Benton, who is interviewing with John Lynch's San Francisco 49ers for their O-line coach job.
When introduced to the media earlier this month, Mike McCoy made it clear that there will be some changes.
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"I think as an entire offense, not just the offensive line, we all can improve—at every position," McCoy said. "There are some things when you come into an organization that we are going to change."
McCoy strongly iterated that the Broncos O-line will improve under Davidson and Benton. As the Broncos have internal discussions about potential veterans who fit the scheme, one guy to keep on the radar is Louis Vasquez.
Vasquez was signed by the Broncos in 2013 and went on in the same year to earn Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors at right guard. Over the next two years, Vasquez dealt with some nagging back issues and was asked to move out to right tackle on multiple occasions.
The Broncos released him following their Super Bowl 50 victory, mostly in an effort to create salary cap space and because he wasn't a perfect fit for the zone blocking system. Now just 29 years old, the Broncos might be interested again in Vasquez, due to his prowess in the power scheme and familiarity with the organization.
Although he spent 2016 out of the NFL, his experience would immediately upgrade the offensive line, assuming the time off has afforded him the opportunity to get his back issues under control and that he's maintained a football body.
Vasquez was one of the best players at his position for a time, and he's far from over the hill. Health and conditioning are the biggest concerns. If he kept himself in shape, it would allow him to hit the ground running.
Re-signing Louis Vasquez, at this point, makes a lot of sense. Don't be shocked if Denver rekindles this old flame.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.