Posted Mon Oct 10th by Jon Heath
When the Denver Broncos drafted outside linebacker Von Miller 2nd overall in this year’s draft, they knew he was a special player. Through fives games, Miller leads all rookies with 5.0 sacks, but the Broncos want him to be more than just an outstanding pass rusher.
Denver wants Miller to become an outstanding linebacker. That’s why Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen pulled Miller from the base defense on Sunday when he was struggling against the run and in pass coverage.
The Broncos had quite a rotation going with the linebackers on Sunday, with veteran Mario Haggan replacing Joe Mays at middle linebacker for several plays before filling in for Miller as the strong side linebacker. On several occasions, the Broncos moved Miller to defensive end, moving Robert Ayers to defensive tackle and stacking Wesley Woodyard over top, replacing Miller across from D.J. Williams.
The Broncos have done a great job utilizing Miller’s passing rushing abilities, moving him around as was mentioned above, but the Broncos, and Miller, know he can improve as a 4-3 linebacker.
“I didn’t play to the best of my potential. I’m pretty disappointed in myself,” Miller told the Denver Post. “I’m going to come back tomorrow, keep working, keep taking steps to be the player I think I can be.”
It will be interesting to see if Miller will have to win his starting job back during the bye week. Following this week, the Broncos will travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins.
If I were a betting man, I’d bet Miller will have a bounce back performance in Miami.