Von Miller missed six games because of a suspension and in came Shaun Phillips and his 76 career sacks.

John Fox has heart valve- replacement surgery. In steps Jack Del Rio and nine years of NFL head coaching experience.

The Broncos always have a pretty good Plan B.

If tight end Julius Thomas needs another week to recover from his sprained ankle, the Broncos have Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme, who combined for 93 catches last year.

There is a good chance strong safety Duke Ihenacho won't play Sunday at San Diego. Ready to fill in is Mike Adams, who started 17 games for the Broncos at strong safety last season.

No wonder the Broncos are 7-1 this season despite all of their problems.