The Denver Post is reporting on Sunday that when the Denver Broncos take on the San Diego Chargers on Monday night, they will have a new starting middle linebacker. Head coach, John Fox would not comment, but Keith Brooking took most of the snaps with the first-team defense during practice this week. Starting middle linebacker Joe Mays, has struggled so far this season and it appears that a change is coming.
The Broncos played their best defensive game, by far, versus the Oakland Raiders two weeks ago when Brooking started for the suspended Mays. Granted it was the Raiders, but in the game the defense looked more organized and was much better versus the run. The Raiders are not very good, but they can run the ball especially versus the Broncos. Darren McFadden has had some of his biggest days as a pro going against the Broncos defense, and was completely shut down two weeks ago.
Mays has appeared lost at times this season and if he’s lost, then the whole defense is lost. The middle linebacker is the quarterback of the defense and if he is struggling, then so is everyone else. Brooking is older, but he knows where he is supposed to be and he knows where everyone else is supposed to be. He may not make the spectacular play anymore, but Brooking will make all of the routine plays and that’s what the Broncos need right now. In addition to making the plays he is suppose to make, Brooking will have the defense lined up right and make all of the right calls.
Mays is one of the most popular players among his teammates and fans, but this is a production business and he is not producing. The Denver Broncos need a win on Monday night and right now. Brooking gives them a better shot to get that done.
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