Broncos linebacker Von Miller says Denver’s defense will take a major hit with the departure of Elvis Dumervil. But Miller thinks the team will be better than last year anyway.
“There’s no way you can replace what Elvis did for us production-wise,” Miller said. “But I feel like if we all take a percentage of what we did — so, if I step my game up 5 percent, Derek Wolfe steps his game up 5 percent, everybody just takes a little piece of what him leaving has taken from us — I think we can definitely get it done.”
Miller is convinced that so many other players will step their game up 5 percent that the Broncos will actually be a better team, despite losing Dumervil, who had 11 sacks and six forced fumbles last season.
“I feel like we have a way better team than we had last year,” he said.
If the Broncos are “way better” than last year, when they went 13-3, the rest of the league should be worried. But if new arrival Shaun Phillips can’t at least come close to replacing Dumervil, it’s the Broncos who should be worried.