What’s wrong with the Broncos’ offensive line?

A couple of readers emailed us about a recent post from Jeff Legwold, in which he suggested the Broncos' offensive linemen are tipping running plays with their footwork:

If you can, would you shed some light on what he means about the O-linemen tipping the run with their footwork? Isn't that something if a writer knows about the Broncos should know about and fix? Thanks. - Anthony

Doc - have you noticed anything like this while watching the OLine this season? Very curious if this is a legitimate claim. It could help explain why our running game has been so putrid to this point. Any thoughts are appreciated! - Isaac

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Ranking Peyton Manning’s touchdown receivers

Peyton’s Boys: Ranking Every Player Who’s Caught a Touchdown Pass From Peyton Manning

Julius is the red zone monster that anyone would expect, but it’s Demaryius who stands out as the type of receiver Manning might build in a lab. Demaryius doesn’t have the hands or the jump-ball skills that someone like A.J. Green does, but the game he had against the Cardinals two weeks ago is proof of how he and Manning can be an absolute nightmare.

This is a fun exercise, especially if you've been following the NFL as long as Peyton's been in it. What stands out is how few of Peyton's touchdown passes went to familiar names like Edgerrin James (11) and Jacob Tamme (9), and the pure insanity of Manning's production with the Thomases.

Broncos promote Shaq Barrett to active roster

As expected, the Broncos promoted Shaq Barrett to their active roster on Wednesday.

Barrett takes the spot vacated by Danny Trevathan, who was placed on short-term IR.

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Broncos are #1 among sportswriters, bandwagoners, and computers

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The people have spoken, and they think the Broncos are the bestest.

Unfortunately, these people to whom we refer are sportswriters and bandwagon fans, so there's that.

For the first time since 1998, the Broncos are America's favorite NFL team, according to the latest Harris Poll on the subject.

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Stokley: LOLJets were more disciplined than Broncos

Brandon Stokley Thinks The Broncos Lack The ‘Killer Instinct’

Stokley doesn’t think it was bad officiating — he blamed it on the players…The Jets were whistled for only two penalties the whole game and Stokley said they played much more disciplined than the Broncos.

Each week, this team shoots itself in the foot with either penalties or turnovers: Week 1 (7 penalties, 0 turnovers); Week 2 (11, 0); Week 3 (4, 2); Week 5 (7, 2); Week 6 (11, 0).

Unless they clean it up, this is going to catch up to them in a big way one of these weeks, with San Francisco, San Diego, and New England looming on the schedule.

Monson: Chris Harris is playing at a new level, repaired ACL and all

Analysis Notebook: Week 6

Harris has played outside and in the slot in the past, but this season he has been primarily a perimeter corner with Bradley Roby covering the inside. Despite being less than a year removed from major knee surgery Harris is outperforming all of the big-name cornerbacks, and might be playing as well as anybody at the position.

It's going to be really tough for the Broncos to re-sign all of Harris, the Thomases, and Terrance Knighton next offseason. Any of those players could end up with an offer elsewhere that Denver's unwilling to match.

But can they afford to let Harris walk? It says here that they cannot, and will not.

Benoit: Coaches would rather face Peyton Manning than Colin Kaepernick

Who Would You Rather Face? A game-planning paradox: Peyton Manning’s an all-time great, sure, but the dangerous and unpredictable Colin Kaepernick is harder to prepare for

None of those coaches were saying Kaepernick is a better quarterback than Manning, they were just saying he’s more stressful to face. Manning might be able to cut a defense with greater depth and regularity than Kaepernick, but at least the defense knows in what ways he can cut them. With Kaepernick, there’s a terrifying unpredictability.

Also from Benoit: "The Broncos are nearly impossible to play man coverage against. They’re too good with intertwined crossing routes and “switch release” concepts. Look for more and more defenses to play zone against them, at least on the inside."

Broncos place Danny Trevathan on short-term IR

The Broncos have placed linebacker Danny Trevathan on short-term IR; he'll be eligible to return for their Week 15 game at San Diego.

Trevathan fractured a bone above his left knee early in Denver's 31-17 win over the Jets.

A fracture below the same knee during training camp had caused him to miss the Broncos' first three games.

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Broncos will host a banged up Niners squad

Good Morning, Broncos fans! If you only watched the first quarter of Monday's game, you might have come away thinking the Broncos face an easy task on Sunday night.

The Rams (1-4) and Austin Davis jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead, but it was mostly Niners from there on out.

Colin Kaepernick threw three touchdown passes and piled up 380 yards of sack- and turnover-free yardage, and San Francisco (4-2) emerged with a 31-17 road win.

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Broncos to wear blue unitards on Sunday night

The Broncos will wear their hideous navy on navy uniforms next week on SNF against the Niners.

Normally, I wouldn't bother writing a separate entry on such an item.

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