His normal offseason hopscotching the country to attend sporting events and music festivals derailed by the coronavirus pandemic, Von Miller stayed home … and worked.
He trained non-stop to improve his conditioning and add good weight to his 250-pound frame.
He studied frequently to gain a better understanding of Broncos coach Vic Fangio’s scheme and how all of the players fit.
And he spent myriad hours administering a self-scout, concluding he needs to be a better leader.
“I may be 31 years old and in Year 10, but it’s never too late to change,” Miller said.
Miller’s objective is to change the narrative entering Monday night’s opener against Tennessee. End the chatter he has reached his peak and is beginning to decline. Squash the speculation he is in his final year with the Broncos. And halt the franchise’s four-year playoff drought.
He wants The New Von to be like The Old Von, the player who had at least 10 sacks in his first eight full seasons, made the 2010s All-Decade Team and was a three-time first-team All-Pro — and not the one who had only eight sacks in 2019.
Miller knows the deal — he must be better. And just as importantly, he knows the financials — he makes a lot of money.
Get back to double-digit sack territory and Miller and the Broncos could agree to an extended contract that equal parts lowers his 2021 cap charge ($22.125 million) and takes him into his mid-30s, making it likely he will be a one-franchise player.
Struggle to get out of the blocks early and the last position player from the Broncos’ 2015 title team could be on his way out, creating nearly $14 million in cap space, money that can allocated toward Bradley Chubb’s next contract.
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Chubb’s health — last September’s ACL tear may limit his playing time early — will put an even bigger onus on Miller. Last year, he didn’t have a sack in the first three games (all losses). Last year, he failed to reach double-digit sacks for the first time in a full season. Last year, 32 players had more …read more
Source:: The Denver Post – Sports