Should I speak on the good news or bad news first? You’re the reader, you don’t have a choice… I kid! But let’s start with the trade the Broncos made Tuesday afternoon.
The Broncos added depth to their offensive line that could definitely use it by shipping off Sealver Siliga in exchange for Seattle Seahawks guard John Moffitt.
Moffitt, who played eight games last season for Seattle, started in six of those contests, and got playing time in both of Seattle’s playoff games. That came after suffering a season ending knee injury in his rookie season back in 2011.
At six-foot-four, the 319 pound guard was an AP First-Team All American in his final year at Wisconsin, teammate to Montee Ball. With decent depth at defensive tackle, getting Moffitt resulted in trading away Siliga who then tweeted “Thanks (to the) Denver Broncos organization for everything they’ve done for me.”
Love the move as we need the depth on our offensive line to make sure we keep the face of the franchise healthy in Mr. Manning.
But now to the not so good news. A couple of weeks after we discover that Von Miller would be facing a four-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines and marijuana during his rookie season in the NFL, we wish that were the case.
Von Miller is now suspended for the first SIX games of the regular season under the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, a violation the linebacker said did not result from a positive test. No bueno whatsoever. Whether that makes you lose faith in arguably the best player on this team outside of 18, it hurts the Broncos no doubt.
With the defensive secondary already struggling with Champ and Rodgers-Cromartie dealing with ankle injuries, a loss of Von to the defensive line makes their injuries that much more serious. Luckily, both Champ and DRC among other currently ailing Broncos players, are likely getting held out as precaution during the preseason. Head Coach John Fox expects much of his hurt personnel to be ready Week 1 against the Ravens.
Regardless, the Von suspension hurts. Nothing positive can come from losing a player of his caliber. But just as Woodyard stepped up last year at his position, someone must do so for Von’s extremely large shoes that need filling.
For this championship hungry team, I expect that to happen. I shine my metaphorical light on one of the new additions to the Broncos, Shaun Phillips. He’s not Von’s 30 sacks in the last two years, but it’s 9.5 last season, and 69.5 over ten years with the Chargers. I’ve been hearing a lot of underestimating been done on Phillips, and I think he’ll surprise many by filling in for Von. Stay tuned.
News in this story is courtesy of DenverBroncos.com.