Stepping back to look at the affects of Von Miller's absence elicited some encouraging images. Who had to step up as a result and who did? How will the D benefit from it NOW?
Derek Wolfe seems to have disappeared this year relative to last. I've read posts much of this is due to double-teams he hadn't faced in the past. Will the double-teams suddenly disappear because the other team has to double Von? What will double-teaming Von do for Malik Jackson? In this writer's opinion Jackson is the biggest "gift" our D received from the Miller debacle. Will we be able to move Ayers inside as Rodney has been advocating? Will a "newer" rotation of Ayers, Wolfe, and Jackson open up the middle rush I have been pounding the table for ad nauseum?
My sense is add one more piece to the rush puzzle and it's like the "tipping point" to an avalanche. Being forced to double Von means Phillips, Ayers, Wolfe, AND Jackson will NOT be doubled, at least not nearly as often. Our much maligned D backs will not have to hold coverage nearly as long. Will this open up secondary aggressiveness? Will Del Rio's defensive philosophy revert back to attack mode instead of the "soft" coverage we've seen over the last couple of weeks?
Another "glass half-full" perspective is what's been gained by Champ being out so long. Does Fox/Del Rio finally consider using him differently? As I posted elsewhere it seems the time may be right to give Champ some help but more to free him up to read the QB than to keep isolating him on an island. LET the man mix it up! The dude is still a stud athlete who LIKES to hit and can read QB's like a best selling novel. Oh yea, don't forget about Kavon Who Webster! Has our "reach" draft pick grown into a steal?
Suddenly, I'm feeling MUCH more optimistic about the Indianapolis game! Suddenly, I "see" in my minds eye Manning being carried off the field after having destroyed the very same Colts who deemed him expendable. Do you suppose my half-full glass has been spiked? Kook-Aid anyone?