Sep 3, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos guard Evan Mathis (69) after the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Cardinals won 20-22. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
In my own opinion, there is a lot more positive than negative when it comes to the Denver Broncos’ performance against the Ravens. For Evan Mathis, he knows that he has a lot of work to do.
Following Monday’s practice, Evan Mathis spoke with the media about how he thought the game against the Baltimore Ravens went. To say that he was displeased would hit the nail right on the coffin.
“I was the worst of the group. I believed we could have run the ball a little better. Overall, we were inconsistent, highs and lows. But definitely something. That stuff is very valuable, to be able to learn from it.”
The Denver Broncos offensive line had its share of struggles during the game. The unit allowed four sacks and could barely open any holes for running back C.J. Anderson. This unit is something that needs to be worked on. But it was a given this unit would struggle early on.
I commend Evan Mathis for stepping up and taking some of the blame for the performance of the offensive line. Very valuable for a veteran player like him to step up. The blind side of Peyton Manning did seem to get beat a bit by Baltimore. Ty Sambrailo struggled as well, but that is also a given for his rookie status.
There were some moments where the offensive line did look decent. On the long drives, they showed that they could perform up to the task, but overall it was not a pretty sight to see.
All it is going to take is for Evan Mathis and the rest of the offensive line to just focus in and gel together. Mathis and Louis Vasquez are going to need to help the young offensive line get used to adjustment at the NFL level. Sambrailo and Matt Paradis played in their first NFL game.
Now that Paradis and Sambrailo have their first game under their belts, it can only go up from here. But kudos to Evan Mathis for stepping up and not playing the blame game. He knows there is work to be done, but it comes with time. For all we know, Evan Mathis and the offensive line will be a solid bunch as the season continues.