Almost from the moment he was introduced as the new coach in January, Gary Kubiak has promised the Broncos will run the ball more, run the ball better and that those efforts will help win games and keep QB Peyton Manning out of harm's way when the future Hall of Famer does let loose.
Which makes this a good time to point out that in 20 previous seasons as an NFL offensive coordinator or head coach, Kubiak's team has had a 1,000-yard rusher 15 times. Seven times a back rushed for at least 1,500 yards.
With three players in the starting offensive line Friday night who had played in zero NFL games combined -- preseason or otherwise -- the Broncos called 33 runs before the night was out, a different look for a team that had at least 33 rushing attempts in just five games last season. Ronnie Hillman, who has spent most of the offseason as the No. 3 back, did most of the work Friday with 66 yards on his eight carries.
This is good news for those thinking about taking RB CJ Anderson either late first round or early second in drafts. The Broncos are looking to give more work to their running game, much like they did the end of last year when Anderson began to emerge.