For most of the 2011 season Denver Broncos
fans have been treated to the exciting play of 2nd year receiver Eric Decker
and the dominating defensive play of rookie Von Miller
. However, over the last two weeks both Decker and Miller have been missing in action. For example. Eric Decker who once was in the top five in the NFL in touchdowns has now gone 4 weeks without a TD. In his last two games he has only 1 catch for 22 yards and has dropped several others. Demaryius Thomas
has become Tim Tebow's
new favorite receiver with 22 receptions and 3 TDs in the last four games while Decker has only 6 receptions.
Von Miller has been equally unproductive the past two weeks and i am wondering how much of it is due to his thumb injury and how much of it because of double teams and people knowing more about him now . For example earlier in the season in back to back games against the NJ Jets
and San Diego Chargers
, Miller had a total of 16 tackles, 3 assists, and 2.5 sacks. In the last two games against the New England Patriots
and the Buffalo Bills
, Miller had 1 tackle, 1 assist, and 0 sacks. This is a HUGE decline and problem for Dennis Allen and the Denver Broncos. Von Miller who looked like the shoe-in for rookie defensive player of the year was outperformed by Marcel Darius this past week and is slowly losing ground on what was clearly a run-away race for Miller earlier in the season.
The Broncos may need to lean on 9 year pro Mario Haggan
if Miller is not 100% healthy or not producing early this week against Kansas City. Haggan filled in nicely for Miller earlier this season and came up huge with 7 tackles, 6 assists, and 1 interception for a touchdown. This is not a slam on the young Miller but merely a learning experience for the future All-Pro because whatever teams have uncovered in the past two weeks, have really shut down the former Texas A&M All-American.
By no means am i giving up on two future stars for the Denver Broncos but i do think it is extremely concerning that such productive players earlier in the year have now been non-factors in two straight losses and the playoff race is down to one game. Mike McCoy and Dennis Allen need to quickly find a way to get these two talented play makers back on the track. The AFC West title is on the line and the Broncos' need their superstars to deliver!
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