The Broncos main concern come Sunday will be stopping the Dolphins’ 14th ranked rushing offense.
They have what could become one of the most threatening duos in the backfield. Daniel Thomas is 10th in rushing averaging 83.0 yards in his three games.
Backup Reggie Bush was once a starter in New Orleans averaging nearly 50.0 rushing yards and 35.0 receiving yards per game with the New Orleans Saints.
“I think this guy’s an explosive guy,” Dennis Allen said of Bush. “You can’t let him get on the edge of your defense. With him you’ve just got to make sure you get a net around him, make sure he stays inside and corral him.”
In a way, the Miami backfield looks a lot like the Broncos improving backfield. Thomas is their Willis McGahee and Bush is their Knowshon Moreno.
That could spell trouble for a team like the Broncos who is dinged on the defensive line. It will be Brodrick Bunkley and Marcus Thomas who will start up front with Ryan McBean and Mitch Unrein listed as their backups.
“We can’t look at who gets injured. It’s a next man up philosophy,” Allen said. “No one is going to feel sorry for anybody and we’ve got to get the job done.”
There you have it. No excuses will come from this Broncos team regardless of what happens.
Containing Thomas and Bush will be absolutely essential for the Broncos 23rd ranked rush defense. The Dolphins are only averaging 15.0 points per game, so stopping Thomas and Bush would essentially kill any consistent offense that they have had.
Just like quarterback success all starts with the offensive line, defensive success starts up front as well.
“Next man up” becomes “best man up.”