Mike Shanahan Brings the Zone Back to Mile High

William LippContributor ISeptember 10, 2008

After a long year last year, Denver's offensive line was finally able to stop somebody. The best part, they blocked everybody. Once again Mike Shanahan showed us why his zone-blocking scheme is what everyone else in the league is trying to learn. New addition Ryan Clady looked fantastic, and anchored the left side of the line.

At the end of the night I highly doubt Cutler's jersey needed a good cleaning. Clady was just the tip of the iceberg. The rest of the line out-worked and beat up anything and everything Oakland had to offer. Our guards pushed the black and silver around all night.

Chris Kuper looked good in his second year of starting, and Ben Hamilton gave us his usual strong performance. Speaking of the new additions, I know everyone's heard the name Eddie Royal by this time. The kid is fast and quick off the line. There had to be four or five times he just burned by a defensive back and made the guy look like an idiot.

The only question remaining (if you're into the fantasy scene) is if he will fall into a lesser role when Brandon Marshall returns from his suspension on Sunday. Whether it was Royal's speed, the offensive line's domination, or the diabetes medication you have to agree that Jay Cutler looked better than ever before.

He threw it where he wanted it when he wanted to. Nobody came near stopping that man he was on a mission. He wanted to prove that guy named John is in the past and it's time to move on. It's the Jay show now everyone, so get on the bus.