One underrated reason Denver quarterback Peyton Manning set NFL records for passing yards and touchdowns this season: He always was able to step up in the pocket. Manning is the best quarterback in the league - and statistics suggest ever - at avoiding sacks. His middle three is very good, with Louis Vasquez and Zane Beadles at guard and Manny Ramirez at center.
Vasquez is the best of the three, making first-team All-Pro this season. Vasquez has been flagged for only five penalties in five NFL seasons, and one of theme was declined. Seventy-three games. He had two false starts and one holding this year, no penalties in 2012 or 2011, a false start in 2010 and a holding that was declined in 2009.
"That’s something I pride myself on, but I don’t keep track of it," Vasquez said. "There are some things between the lines you get away with from time to time. But a lot of it has to do with discipline. Growing up I always wanted to be a perfectionist. Before I got to Denver, coach Hal Hunter, my offensive line coach in San Diego, was a perfectionist and helped my game tremendously. Now that I’m in Denver, coach Dave Magazu has helped me grow more with technique and having a higher IQ for this game.”