Saturday, October 22, 2011

Broncos focus on QB, Dolphins focus on RB

The 0-5 Miami Dolphins vs. the 1-4 Denver Broncos isn't much of a hot ticket.

But then there’s the Tim Tebow factor.

Tebow will get his first start of the season for Denver, taking over for the slumping Kyle Orton as the team’s starting signal-caller. Tebow got some late action in the Broncos’ loss to the San Diego Chargers two weeks ago before they had their bye.

Host Miami's latest loss came to the New York Jets Monday.

Do the Broncos open it up for Tebow?

Tebow really is a runner first. He was in college, and he seems to always be looking for a running lane when he can’t hit his first read. He should have some opportunities to move around a little behind the line, as the Dolphins allowed Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez to buy time with his feet and make big plays last week.

Tebow was 4-for-10 passing during his time against the Chargers, tossing a score and running for another one. It would not be a surprise if his final number of rushing attempts Sunday is close to his completion total, though Denver should stress pass if it wants to see what Tebow’s abilities are as a thrower.

Who leads Miami in rushing yards this time?

Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said earlier in the week that he’s starting to see what running back Reggie Bush’s role is with the team.

While Miami was excited to see what Bush could bring this season as a standard back, it’s been rookie Daniel Thomas who has taken the main workload out of the backfield as far as handoffs are concerned. However, Bush gained 71 yards on 10 carries against the Jets last week – outgaining Thomas by more than 20 yards with five fewer carries.

"All of a sudden it’s starting to kind of kick in a little bit and (Bush is) starting to get familiar with what’s going on around him there too," Sparano told the media Thursday.

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