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Bears: Brock Osweiler, Not Ryan Tannehill Will Start for the Dolphins

Brock Osweiler will start at quarterback for the Miami Dolphins on Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

Late on Saturday night, there were rumors that quarterback Ryan Tannehill may not start Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. Tannehill was still feeling his the effects of a shoulder injury that happened a few weeks back against the Oakland Raiders.

Bill Zimmerman of SiriusXM was the first to report these rumors.

Playing Tannehill against one of, if not the best defense in football would have been a foolish move for Adam Gase. It appears that Tannehill has a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder. His ability to throw downfield would have been severely limited.

After Vegas moved the Bears from -3.5 to -5 favorites, there was a pretty good chance it was going to be Brock Osweiler, not Tannehill starting today in Miami.

That line will likely continue to move in the Bears’ direction after the latest reports about Miami’s plan at quarterback.

Jeff Darlington of ESPN reported that Tannehill’s presence in the lineup is now considered doubtful and his colleague Adam Schefter added that “all signs point” to Brock Osweiler making his first start as a member of the Dolphins. Osweiler worked with the first team in Friday’s practice to prepare for that possibility.

Now that it’s almost a guarantee that Osweiler will be the Dolphin’s QB on Sunday, let’s take a look at what it means for the Bears’ defense.

What Will Osweiler Bring? 

By now, most fans should know that the Osweiler that was named the starter with the Denver Broncos is long gone. Bears fans will remember Osweiler’s first start against the Bears in Soldier Field. A lot has changed since then, including most of the Bears’ roster.

Osweiler finished the year with 1,967 yards and 10 touchdowns to go along with a 61.8 completion percentage. Not bad, but it was Peyton Manning, not Osweiler, who led the Broncos to a Super Bowl title.

To the surprise of many, Osweiler then left Denver and signed with the Houston Texans. In his first and only year with the Texans, Osweiler threw 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. From there, Osweiler went back to Denver to be a backup.

This offseason he signed with the Dolphins. In the preseason, Osweiler appeared in four games this preseason. He completed 62.1% of his passes and threw for 321 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.

While Osweiler has a career 2-0 record against the Bears, the Dolphins offense will see a significant decrease in their production Sunday. Osweiler is an inaccurate passer at times. Sure, he can throw the ball deep ball. Well, kind of.

Before the start of the season, head coach Adam Gase wanted to run the most plays in the NFL. With Tannehill, the Dolphins have run the second fewest plays in the NFL. They average 52 plays a game.

With Osweiler leading the way, the Dolphins’ offense may run even fewer plays today.

Don’t worry, the Dolphins have praised Osweiler during his short time in Miami because of his “snap count etiquette and huddle etiquette.”

No, seriously.

Let’s not forget that Adam Gase and Dowell Loggains run the Dolphins’ offense. They were both on staff with Bears’ defensive coordinator Vic Fangio during John Fox’s tenure. That means there isn’t much the Dolphins can do on offense that the Bears haven’t seen before.

Another former Bears’ player David Fales will be the Dolphins’ backup on Sunday.

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Nick is the editor-in-chief at & owner of He also is a fantasy sports junkie, DFS player, and prop play guru. He considers himself a football expert but dabbles in a bit of everything, including trying to sell his own "soul" on eBay. For more fun, follow him on Twitter @PetroTLS. 

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