Denver Broncos Josh McDaniels To Start TE Richard Quinn at OLB?

Omar BrownCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2010

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 26:  Head coach Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos looks at the scoreboard in the second half against the Indianapolis Colts during NFL action at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Colts won 27-13. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Big time injuries to his pass rushers and defense has forced Josh McDaniels to possibly take a page out of his mentor Bill Belichicks playbook by moving an offensive player to the defense.

Now I am not talking about Tim Tebow, though the thought has crossed my mind...

Josh McDaniels has stated that a myriad of defensive players would not play next Sunday when the Broncos face the Jets.

Safety Brian Dawkins (Knee), outside linebacker Robert Ayers (Broken foot), Cornerback Andre Goodman (thigh), Safety Darcel McBath (ankle) and Wesley Woodyard (hamstring).

They say cornerbacks are wide receivers who can't catch, this begs the question are linebackers tightends who can't catch?

The 2009 second round tightend, Richard Quinn at 6-foot-4 255-pounds has the prototypical size and speed to play outside lineabcker. Being a blocking tightend Quinn has a good idea of what the position entails considering he has virtually spent his entire career blocking linebacker's and running in routes against them in the receiving game.

McDaniels having lost Elvis Dumervil to a torn pectoral muscle, not only lost his starting linbacker, but a pass rushing stud who led the NFL with 17 sacks in 2009, Dumervil could miss at least 8 more weeks. Ayers was a hopeful candidate to pick up where Dumervil left off last season, the pass rusher is currently out indefinitely.

McDaniels is going to need a stud to make up for the absence of Dumervil and Ayers, and Quinn is going to have to give McDaniels a better reason to activate him than his play at tightend thus far...

Having had zero receptions as a tightend last season has been playing against Quinn this season, given his strengths lie more in his physicality in the blocking game rather than receiving.

nn looks like an absolute stud in the photo below, now if McDaniels can utilize his wizardry as a coach to transform this stud into a pass rusher that sure would be something to watch this Sunday when the Broncos face the Jets who are getting Santonio Holmes, Darrelle Revis, Calvin Pace all back this week.

 McDaniels has a hole to plug and man what an awesome spark plug Quinn could be if given the opportunity to be activated as a pass rushing specialist.

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