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Broncos' Von Miller, Chris Harris Jr. ready to dominate Niners

Talk all you want about the starting quarterback, but it really won't matter who it is - not as long as the Broncos defense continues dominating.

Good morning, Broncos Country!

So hey...does anyone know who's going to be quarterback Saturday?

Kidding, kidding...just wanted to see if I could get the same debate about the same topic going once again and win a bet. OK, that last part isn't true.

But here's some truth - It. Doesn't. Matter.

Because this move by Kubiak proves one thing - he's been telling us the truth when he says it's a dead-even race between his "co-No.1s."

And as Kubiak noted, he's looking at a lot of factors in the quarterback competition, so starting Trevor Siemian this week after starting Mark Sanchez last week is just making sure he can evaluate his QBs thoroughly - how he starts off a game, how/when he gets in rhythm, can he get his offense in rhythm and how will he handle another team's best defense?

"I'm looking at everything - leadership, how they handle the team," Kubiak said Thursday after a rather chippy second day with the Niners. "Obviously you want to make them each make the same amount of decisions. If I sent one of them out there and one throws it four times and the other throws it 15, I'd like to see that pretty equal."

Oh, don't worry. There won't be a "quarterback controversy" in Denver when Week 1 rolls around. Kubiak proved last year that that kind of thing only exists as a figment of the media's collective imagination, but it does not exist in the Broncos' locker room. So don't expect it to exist this year.

Rather, sit back and enjoy a good old-fashioned battle for a starting job between two capable players who will at some point - TBD - secede the throne to the up-and-comer. But that's a different week's (or season's) story.

Which leads me to more truth about our starting quarterback - It. Really. Doesn't. Matter.

Not when you have the Orange Rush, the No Fly Zone and the NFL's Best Front 7 (a defensive unit that could really use a nickname, by the way).

Just ask Chris Harris Jr.

"Coach Wade gave us our stats yesterday, and it was just ridiculous," Harris said about Wednesday's first joint practice with the 49ers. "You can definitely say that we're on the right page and headed in the right direction like we were last year."

Whether it was interceptions, sacks, not allowing name it, they (forgive me) crushed it.

Andrew Mason reported that the defense continued its dominance against the Niners on Thursday, finishing the closed practice with two consecutive stops in the two-minute drill, forcing a turnover and then making Blaine Gabbert run to the sidelines (in fear no doubt) two out of four plays.

And then with no drop-off in dominance, the second team finished the drill in two plays as rookie John Tidwell intercepted Jeff Driskell.

Sure, it was just practice - and against a very mediocre (at best) offense. But these guys believe they are even better this season, so we best do the same.

"I feel like we impose our will on everybody," Harris Jr. said. "Everybody has to deal with us. They deal with our rushers and then they have to come out and deal with our passers. That's what we're going to do. We're going to play smash mouth. We're going to play aggressive. We're going to be a great tackle, fundamental team that plays smart."

And to make the upcoming game even more tantalizing, Von Miler is back in the lineup and he cannot wait to be there. The last time the Super Bowl MVP donned a helmet at Mile High he spent his day tormenting Tom Brady.

"To get back out there and play, is very good," Miller said. "It should be some good feels and should be a good start."

In his first game back after sitting out the last one while getting back in game shape, Miller doesn't have any specific goals in mind. He just wants to play. Full speed.

In other words, the Von Miller School of Tormenting will remain open.

"I just want to go out there and play football. I want to go out there and play full speed. I want to go out there and leave it all on the field."


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