ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — From armchair quarterbacks to Hall of Famers, everyone has an opinion on how to fix Tim Tebow's recent funk.
Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy has heard it all, even receiving advice from his wife, but he insists it's not the time or place to reinvent the offense — again. He wants to build off what has worked so well up until a recent three-game slide: a run-oriented scheme with passes sprinkled in from his second-year quarterback.
That strategy succeeded during a six-game winning streak, and McCoy thinks it can be the right formula Sunday against the Steelers.
Tebow, a former Heisman Trophy winner at Florida, has at times looked flustered as the team floundered down the stretch. Team boss and Hall of Fame QB John Elway has said he wanted to see a more aggressive approach in the passing game.
McCoy couldn't agree more.
"Without a doubt. And it's not just Tim," he said. "Tim has made his mistakes, but it's not one guy. We have 11 guys on the field and we're all accountable for that, myself included. I could help him. I wish I knew a certain coverage was there at times and I'd call the game different."
Now add this to the mix: Profootballtalk.com reported that backup Brady Quinn took about half of the team's snaps with the first team in practice.
Quinn, talking to NFL.com, denied the story.
And Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau will have a few tricks up his sleeve with a unit ranked No. 1 in the league.
"It's probably safe to say that all 11 starters have a blitz where they're the ones coming," Tebow said. "Sometimes it looks like it's chaos out there, but they know where they're going, and they're going there fast."
DAWKINS OUT: Broncos S Brian Dawkins' biggest contribution Sunday will be with his talking and not his tackling.
Hampered by a neck injury, Denver's emotional leader was ruled out Friday.
Still, Dawkins will be heard, even if it's screaming from the sideline.
"He'll be effective, one way or another," Pro Bowl CB Champ Bailey said. "He's the leader of this team."
LIMPING LINEMAN: A sprained left ankle is likely to sideline Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey. The former Florida star was listed as questionable on the injury report and missed practice Thursday and Friday because of increased soreness in his left ankle. Doug Legursky likely will start in Pouncey's place as he did in last year's Super Bowl when Pouncey was out with an injury to the same ankle. Legursky has started three games this year at right guard, five at left guard and two at center. Also, QB Ben Roethlisberger (high left ankle sprain) practiced and was listed as probable.