The Broncos officially opened their season’s second half Tuesday, beginning their preparations for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Head coach Josh McDaniels said Tuesday morning, that after a week of review some lineup changes could be in the offing — especially in the offensive line — and that the Broncos would try to tweak what they could following their bye week to reverse their 2-6 start.
“(We’ve) got to really spend some time evaluating things,” McDaniels said in his first public comments since immediately following the Broncos’ loss in London. “Most of it was spent on our team, analyzing a lot of the things we can improve on. We’re excited to see if some of the things we’re going to implement
and change will have an impact.”
McDaniels wouldn’t commit specifically to the changes in the offensive front, but he hinted they would be on the way, saying “we’re going see how it goes” and that “there’s some moving parts, I think.”
One change may likely will be Ryan Harris’ return to right tackle to replace rookie Zane Beadles. Beadles has started the last three games in Harris’ place, but the Broncos’ struggles in the run game and pass protection have continued through all five of the combinations they have played in the offensive line thus far.
Beadles likely will move to left guard, with the Broncos having started both Stanley Daniels and Russ Hochstein there already this season.
McDaniels added the Broncos got a “healthier” during the bye week, but that quarterback Kyle Orton (right shoulder) was “sore.” Orton took a big hit from 49ers outside linebacker Manny Lawson in the third quarter of the game in London.
He finished out the game, but would have been a question mark had the Broncos had to play last week. McDaniels expected Orton to practice this week and be ready to go Sunday.