Broncos coach Josh McDaniels called out his offensive line, holding them accountable for Denver's troubles running the ball.
Their response to the reproach?
The Broncos offensive linemen prefer to keep their mouths zipped out of concern for their wallets. If they do talk, they fine each other. When they don't, they subject themselves to NFL fines.
Talk about a dilemma.
They were especially reticent to chat this week after McDaniels again defended his running backs by blaming the blockers for the lack of production. The team is averaging 4.2 yards per carry heading into the season finale Sunday against Kansas City.
It's a pedestrian number for a franchise that hasn't finished with an average that low since 2001.The Broncos have relied on rookie running back Knowshon Moreno to carry the bulk of the workload this season. The first-round pick leads all rookies in yards rushing (897) and yards from scrimmage (1,062), although he has yet to top 100 yards in any game and owns just two runs over 20 yards.
His counterpart, Correll Buckhalter, is averaging 5.5 yards a carry, but has been plagued by injuries.
"Until we win the line of scrimmage, which we've done this year a number of times, you're not going to run the ball very well. That's just the bottom line," McDaniels said.