The Denver Broncos have historically been known for having great offensive lines, but recently, their offensive line has been anything but, and penalties are a big part of that.
One of the primary culprits is left tackle Garett Bolles, who has a habit of drawing flags for holding, and Broncos president John Elway says that is something that has to cease:
“Well, it’s got to stop. Period,” Elway said on his weekly appearance on KOA NewsRadio. “There are no more excuses for it. He’s had 26 holding penalties in the last two years and two games, so it’s got to stop. The bottom line is if he thinks he’s getting singled out, he is. He’s got to understand that.
“He’s got to understand what he’s doing. And that was my question [Sunday], ‘Does he know what holding is?’ Does he know what he can and can’t do?’ If he thinks he’s getting targeted, he’s got to realize he isn’t. We’ll keep working for it and he’s still a talented guy. He cannot do that because it’s beating us.”
Bolles was tagged for holding four times during the Broncos’ 16-14 loss to the Chicago Bears last Sunday, and in a game that was decided by just two points, those penalties are obviously going to stand out.
The 27-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Utah, was originally selected by Denver in the first round (20th pick overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.
He was immediately inserted as the starting left tackle during his rookie campaign and has not missed a game since.
The Broncos are 0-2 and will head on the road to battle the Green Bay Packers this Sunday.