As good as quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receiver Brandon Marshall have been this season, a word or 10 should be mentioned about the Broncos’ offensive line and the job it has done.
So far this season, and including the preseason, the Broncos starting offensive line has allowed only one sack. Drafting Ryan Clady and inserting him as the starting left tackle, and having last year’s third-round pick Ryan Harris come off injured reserve and move into the starting lineup at right tackle, has given Cutler the bookend tackles he did not have last season. Clady and Harris have been as strong, in their own way, as Cutler and Marshall.
And how about this irony: The only sack the Broncos line has allowed this season came against San Diego on the play in which the football flew out of the hands out of Cutler and on the call that referee Ed Hochuli blew. It wasn’t a “true” sack, but that’s how it was entered in the stats when the ball was re-spotted after the fumble non-call.
If Hochuli makes the right call, San Diego gets the win, Denver gets the loss, and the Broncos offensive line still would not have allowed a sack this season.