Posted Thu Dec 8th by Jon Heath
Opposing team’s have not yet figured out how to stop quarterback Tim Tebow and Denver’s offense. This week, the Chicago Bears‘ defense will take a crack at it.
In Week 11, the Jets contained the option pretty well early in the game, before seemingly tiring as the game went on and ultimately letting up a 95-yard scoring drive. A week prior, the Chiefs held Tebow to just two completions, but still lost the game.
The Vikings last Sunday allowed Tebow to go 10-of-15 for 202 passing yards a week after he broke the rushing attempt record in a single game by a quarterback against the Chargers (22). Take away one element of his game, and he’ll hurt you with another (at least, that’s been the trend the past few weeks).
So what are the Bears planning to do when they face Tebow at Sports Authority Field at Mile High this week? For the answer, we turn to Brandon Spano of 93.7FM and MileHighSports.com:
“Brian Urlacher will shadow Tebow Sunday, that’s the report out of Chicago. They will run 1 gap responsibility and traditional option defense with Urlacher as QB spy,” tweeted Spano on Thursday afternoon.
It’s a role Urlacher has had against other scrambling quarterbacks in the past, and one in which he is confident.
”We just have to be gap-sound and run to the football and we should be OK,” Urlacher said on Thursday. ”We have rules for every offense that we play that stay true all season. Carolina ran a similar offense, every once in a while they’d run some option, so it’s not a lot of adjusting for us.”
Meanwhile, Broncos rookie linebacker Von Miller will get a new cast every day this week on his surgically repaired right thumb in an attempt to get him back in Sunday’s lineup. Miller was limited in practice on Thursday.