But couldn't the millions that the Broncos will spend on Miller have been better spent on a player like William Fuller, the defensive end who moved last spring from the Houston Oilers to the Philadelphia Eagles for $2.25 million a year? Through Sunday, Fuller had six sacks.
By not adding a couple of veteran defensive players—Richard Dent or Rickey Jackson or Leonard Marshall—Denver made it almost mandatory that Elway put big numbers on the board every Sunday. "We could have had Fuller or Dent [who signed with the 49ers], but they were old, and we didn't want a guy for a year," says Ferguson. "We're trying to build a championship team here, and you can't do it all in one year."
Denver had better hope that Elway still has lots of heroic football left in him. He'll need it to save both Phillips's job and Denver's season.