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chenyan94 Feb 10

Von Miller is a one-man wrecking machine One of Von Miller’s newest teammates nailed it when describing the edge rusher’s performance against the Seahawks - and specifically against its elite QB.“Von is a monster — he’s a man among boys out here ,” said Adam Jones, who joined the Broncos’ defense two weeks ago and got to see first-hand what a difference maker Miller is in the game. And that includes having played with DeMarcus Ware and Jevon Kearse.“But Von Miller is by far the best defensive end, linebacker, however you want to call it, that I’ve played with — period,” Jones added. “The guy comes to practice every day, plays hard, practices hard, leads by example — and it shows on Sunday.”Even Mother Nature can’t stop the Vonster. With asthma and an allergy to grass, the outside linebacker has been utilizing oxygen on the sidelines since he came into the league. But a jumbotron view of No. 58 putting on the oxygen mask at Mile High on Sunday after his third sack was cause for extra celebration in Denver - one he felt a tiny bit bad about.“When I get to the sideline, I’m going to get on the oxygen no matter what, even if I [don’t] need it or not. It’s just tradition,” he said, adding he wasn’t trying to hype the crowd. “I wasn’t even paying attention, and I look up and Case is telling everybody to be quiet. I felt kind of kind of bad for a second. But it was a great moment to share with the fans and share with Broncos Country.”For Miller’s long-time teammates, this was business as usual. Well, sort of. Miller’s three sacks, four QB hits, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery was as dominating a performance as he’s had since Super Bowl 50, and it appropriately vaulted him onto the NFL’s Top 50 All-time Sacks list.“He’s really a freak and he does a lot of things that help other players make plays too,” noted Todd Davis, who led the team with eight tackles and one QB hit. “The way he really rushed off the edge and maintained that tackle and Chris [Harris Jr.] was able to come off the edge and make a play. People see Chris make the play, but you don’t see what Von does again to make another sack happen. He’s a great player, and I’m just excited to watch him play, even when I’m on the field with him.”Justin Simmons, who added another interception to his resume on Sunday , agreed that a pass rusher like Miller makes everybody’s job on defense a little bit easier - especially against a quarterback like Wilson.“When you play with someone like that, it makes your job so much easier. Russ is definitely one of the best, if not the best, mobile quarterbacks in the game, and so when you see him back there flustered a little bit it’s because of ‘58’ and the rest of the guys up front,” Simmons said. “When you have a dominant front seven like we do, it makes our job on the back end so much better. That’s what we’re encouraged about. We didn’t play the best that we can, and we know that our front seven is amazing, so we’re going to get after it every week.”And rookie Bradley Chubb made sure to take notice of the “sack master” on his team.“When he got the first [sack] I was like, ‘OK, he’s so special.’ When he got the second one, I was like, ‘OK, he needs to slow down, I need to get one.’ Then he got the third one and I was like, ‘Alright, this is his game and nobody can take that from him,’” Chubb said. “He’s just a great player, and I’m happy to be on his sideline.”Nothing in Miller’s performance Sunday was out of character. It’s what Broncos fans have come to expect from him.But it has been a long time since getting to witness such domination from No. 58, and that had everything to do with having a lead in the game.“He’s a special player, but if you’re not playing with a lead, he can’t be special,” coach Vance Joseph said. “Last season, we played with I think two leads, so hopefully we can get more leads, and he can be special each week for us.”Miller certainly won’t argue with that Denver Broncos T-Shirt , but he’s definitely happy to have the game against Wilson behind him.Wilson, who was sacked six times, only tallied five rushing yards on the day. And he did beat the defense with his arm for 298 yards, but thanks to the Broncos’ offense being able to keep up - and even ahead - the strategy allowed the defense to maintain its aggressiveness and frustrate the Seahawks.“We played a really tough defense. This is one of the best defenses we will face all year,” Wilson said after the game. “They have, obviously, Von, who is a great player and made some key plays.”One of those key plays started off as a mistake by Von, who self-described his mistake as an “ol茅” after jumping outside and needing to gain ground to cover the runner.“I had ol茅’ed outside, and technically that’s not a good move,” Miller laughed. “I knew I needed to get back down to be able to make the tackle, and the running back, he was running and I just saw the ball and I just grabbed it.”Miller has stripped the ball from a QB many times, but it’s not often he “steals” it right out of the hands of the running back. “[Defensive Coordinator Joe] Woods and Coach Beake [assistant defensive line coach Chris Beake] and all the defensive guys, they’ve been preaching ‘Run to the ball, run to the ball, run to the ball,’ and this whole offseason, I’ve been like ‘Why? Why? Why?’” Miller admitted. “Now I see it. Now I see it. So I appreciate you, Coach.”Making a strong case already for Defensive MVP this season, Miller knows he can do what he does because of the strong supporting cast around him.“I know we’ve got really great rushers all across the field. All I’ve got to do is rush. If the time is ticking and [Wilson] is holding the ball four or five seconds, somebody else is coming. So having Bradley and Shaq and Shane and Wolfe and all those guys, it definitely eases the mind,” Miller said, happy to share the glory in a win. “We’ve got a great team. We got a great win today. We played great defense. This is how you want to start a season off.”The big takeaway from the Broncos loss is all about coaching The running theme of the offseason was whether or not Vance Joseph and his coaching staff could improve from their poor performance in 2017. After the first four weeks of the season, the short answer has to be no. When the Denver Broncos lost to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football Denver Broncos Hats , it wasn’t the blowout some expected, but there was only one glaring issue.As Ian St. Clair and I discussed on the postgame recap, Vance Joseph and his staff seem unprepared for NFL action. Joe Woods continually puts the defense in the wrong scheme. Bill Musgrave forgets he has a legit one-two punch at running back. It is a disgrace to watch this staff ruin this talented group.Sure, we could talk about Keenum missing Demaryius Thomas for an easy touchdown at the end of the game. And we could bemoan his accuracy issues. We could discuss how Brandon Marshall continues to be a liability in coverage, or the lack of depth in the secondary. But none of that mattered.In truth, the Broncos went into their matchup with Kansas City looking like a team that was going to have 50 points scored on them. It was a legitimate concern for this writer. However, the defense was able to hold one of the highest scoring offenses in the league to just 27 points. Just imagine what the score would have looked like if the coaches knew what plays to call.No. The one big takeaway from this four-point loss is all about the inability of the coaching staff to put their players in a position to succeed. On the offensive side of the ball, how can anyone think not handing the ball to Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay all day was a good idea. Freeman had 8 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown. That’s 8.4 yards per carry! Am I missing something? Lindsay carried the ball 12 times for 69 yards and a score. Surely I’m not the only one noticing this, right?How can Bill Musgrave not notice his stud rookies averaging 6.8 yards per carry? Is it stubbornness? Stupidity? A lack of football knowledge? If I saw it, he must have seen it.Let’s not forget the pitiful decisions made by Joe Woods down the stretch. The defense scratched and clawed all game, overcoming pitiful offensive series after series. Even still, Joe Woods figured out a way to allow the Chiefs to go from 2nd and forever to getting a first down. Booger McFarland of the ESPN broadcast saw it, questioning why they were in man to man. Surely Joe Woods understands, right? He understands on 3rd and extra long at the end of the game you play off, and don’t allow a scrambling Mahomes to make things happen, right?And did he not notice that Patrick Mahomes was better when he was flushed outside the pocket? Perhaps a little more contain on the kid that seems to love school yard plays more than anything? My confusion just continued to grow throughout the game. No adjustments were made. No changes to try and eliminate big plays. Just relying on the talents of the players.Don’t get me wrong. Football is played by players, but isn’t the job of the coaching staff to prepare the team? Isn’t it their job to put the players in the best possible position to win? And it wasn’t like Andy Reid outcoached anyone. Vance Joseph et al. just couldn’t make the right call. The real concern is how simple it seemed to be for everyone else, and how difficult it was for the Broncos coaches.This is an indictment of the head coach, but it does not excuse the offensive and defensive coordinators. The worst part? Having to learn a whole new playbook in 2019.The MHR Radio Podcast is now on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher and TuneIn. Please subscribe to the one that fits your fancy, and also rate and review what you hear.


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