Denver Broncos Early Season MVP: Connor McGovern
One of the unsung MVPs of the early season is none other than the play of a guard on the Denver Broncos offensive line.
Before the season began much was made about the revamped offensive line for the Denver Broncos. Ronald Leary moved to his natural position at left guard. This left a hole at right guard. As the end of the 2017 season came to a close the Broncos saw some young players step up and impress the coaching staff. One made a huge case for a starting at right guard.
Connor McGovern’s performance opened a lot of eyes in the media and in Broncos Country.
McGovern’s run blocking was good, but we couldn’t have predicted he would play at the level he is now. McGovern is treating the defensive line like the actor in The Blind Side who portrayed Michael Oher.
One scene depicts Oher pushing the edge rusher to out of the field of play completely. McGovern is moving so well and using his strong legs to shove guys away.
This is why many of the run calls are headed to the right side. McGovern also is holding his own quite well as a pass blocker. Not exactly as well as run blocking, but compared to the other players, it’s night-and-day. In fact, arguments can be made Connor McGovern might be the most consistent player on offense through week five of the regular season.
Coming into the season the offensive line was lacking stability. Matt Paradis is holding his own, but you do wonder how the hips will hold up long-term. The Broncos could look into moving McGovern to center, but with how well he’s playing there’s no need to fix what isn’t broken. If the others can fall in line with the play of McGovern, the offensive line will be better.
However, for as bad as it’s been the past two weeks for the Broncos as a team, McGovern is busting his tail and destroying guys, creating huge holes for Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay. It’s time for the team to run the ball down the throats of the defense on the right side of the line.