The Von we’ve been waiting on.
After every game in last year’s disaster of a season for Denver I asked a simple question:
Where was Von Miller?
Statistically, Miller did fine last season. He played well enough to keep his perennial Pro-Bowl status, he certainly wasn’t a liability. The question I asked of anyone who would listen, though, was….where was Von? I asked the gang of whatever over at 104.3 The Fan and was chortled at. Von was NOT the problem.
As I said, Miller played well and he was not the overriding problem on a Broncos team riddled with problems.
He was a little bit of the problem, though.
What was missing, from the then highest-paid defensive player in the NFL was Super Bowl 50 Von. The disruptive force, the man that could change a game from the edge. The rare, magnificent, larger-than-life Von. Where was he?
On Sunday, in Denver, THAT Von Miller returned. You’d have to have seen his second sack live to believe it, he exploded off the line with a move to the left, working around Germain Ifedi, the Seahawks right tackle, caught wind of the play and cut back inside Ifedi, perfectly timed to blow-up Russell Wilson, stepping up into the pocket. It was all of Miller’s brilliance on one play.
Just when we think we’ve seen all the tricks in Miller’s bag, he chases Chris Carson down and snatches the ball from the Seattle back. It was difficult to even process what had happened, at first.
Late in the third quarter, the big board flashed Miller, on the bench and the crowd cheered. Von caught himself and stood for the crowd who rewarded him with a standing ovation. It was really good to see for the Broncos star. Miller is going to have a big season.