At this time last year, the Denver Broncos can boast that three of the 11 defenders who started the Super Bowl are still on the list. Fast forward to today and only Von Miller is left.
You can add Todd Davis as a Super Bowl 50 contributor but he doesn’t start the game, even though he’s on the active list. Meanwhile, Derek Wolfe and Chris Harris, Jr. have departed, each bringing their talents to the Ravens and Chargers.
It marked the end of the Broncos era.
That’s the way it is almost always finally revealed in the NFL. When it comes to the game business side, like GM John Elway said, 98% of the time, when a veteran leaves his old team, it’s not in his own way.
For Miller, who had just been appointed to the NFL All-Decade Team for 2010 with Harris, Jr., he was still at peace with losing Wolfe and Harris, even though he was at peace with how he left things with his two close friends.
“What gives me peace with the loss of these people is that not a single moment has passed so I don’t tell them that I love them and that I enjoy being on the same football team as them,” Miller said by telephone conference. on Monday. “Every year is special. These are each year. I have eight of them with Wolfe, nine of them with Chris. I really haven’t opened it.”
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Miller and Harris arrived in Denver together in 2011, even though it came through two completely different routes. Miller is the overall pick No. 2 in the NFL Draft, while Harris signed as a free college agent for a $ 2,000 signing bonus.
Together, they will continue to achieve greatness – both as individuals and collectively. Combined, Miller and Harris made a total of 12 Pro Bowls in the following nine seasons, to go along with several All-Pro choices. Wolfe followed the following year as the second round of choice, and even so never able to garner the same individual praise as Miller and Harris, the trio made many appointments during Broncos’ five-year domination of AFC West and the Super Bowl 50 victory.
For Miller, the easiest way to overcome the loss of two bloody brothers is to look at the list of names Broncos approached to enter the 2020 season. Harris and Wolfe might disappear, but GM John Elway replaced each one with Pro Bowler.
CB A.J. Bouye took over for Harris, while DL Jurrell Casey came on for Wolfe. Those are just two additions that Broncos made this spring.
“It’s crazy to lose Chris and Wolfe. I’m sad about that, but I just continue to the kind of team we have,” Miller said. “The young players we have, they need me to show them the way. I look forward to that. This is special, when I look at it and see that I am the last one here, I only see it, “Geez, I’m so old. That was in 2016. ‘((laughing) “
It’s too early to make bold predictions for the Broncos 2020 but Miller feels like a buffer beam – at least on paper.
“There’s something great,” Miller said. “On paper it looks like it’s going to be great. We have [Head] Trainer [Vic] Fangio is back, all the key coaches we had before. I was quite excited about my new teammates and spent time with those people. Everyone knows that I am a dressing room man. I am a team man. I have a new teammate. I am pleased.”
Miller will get the chance to see Harris twice in the coming season – once at home and once on the road vs. L.A. Fillers. It is not surprising to see Harris and Wolfe maintain a permanent residence in Denver, because both of them have made a public record with their desire to maintain Mile High City as their family home.
When the fans celebrate the achievements of Miller and Harris who entered the All Decade Team, this is a good time to reflect on the contributions made by each, as well as Wolfe. The last few years have been a bit disappointing, but without one of the three studs, the 2011-15 era might have developed very differently for the Broncos.
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