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Broncos didn’t know about Miller until after Dumervil left

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Though the Broncos can’t say much about the circumstances surrounding the six-game suspension of linebacker Von Miller, they haven’t been shying away from scrutiny.

Earlier tonight, both coach John Fox and executive V.P. of football operations John Elway met with the media during a press conference streamed on the team’s official website.

Elway said that the Broncos didn’t know about the possible Miller suspension when cutting defensive end Elvis Dumervil.  Instead, Elway recalls that the Miller suspension first came up in May.  Presumably, if the Broncos knew there was a chance they’d be without Miller for a large chunk of the season, they would have been more willing to pay Dumervil.

So now the Broncos have to move on with neither guy.  Shaun Phillips, signed as a free agent to help fill the void created by Dumveril’s departure, likely takes over for Miller at linebacker.

“I know it’s next man up,” Fox said of Miller, “but he’s a hard man to replace.”

He won’t have to be replaced until after the preseason ends.  Fox said Miller will play in Saturday’s preseason game.

“He’s got two more weeks to get ready after six weeks,” Fox said of Miller.  “Guys are gonna make mistakes.  Everybody makes mistakes, you guys included.”

The key word here is “mistakes.”  Miller didn’t make one mistake.  He made multiple mistakes, and his most recent mistake was enough to claim more than one third of his 2013 season.

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30 Responses to “Broncos didn’t know about Miller until after Dumervil left”
  1. Iknoweverything says: Aug 20, 2013 7:32 PM

    Chiefs 10-6 1st in AFC West
    Drunks/Cheaters 9-7

    Seattle showed the world just how overrated this team of frauds really is.
    Kansas City will do the same.

    Remember in December

  2. GenXJay says: Aug 20, 2013 7:37 PM

    whoops?

  3. unbiasfan says: Aug 20, 2013 7:37 PM

    This story isn’t about the Vikings?

    Then it’s not even relevant to read about…

    #VikingsFutureSuperbowlChamps

  4. floridaslonechargersfan says: Aug 20, 2013 7:39 PM

    For as perfectly as everything seemed to go last year in Denver, the exact opposite seems to be happening in 2013. I can dream, and hope, and pray but this team is still winning the AFC West.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 20, 2013 7:40 PM

    Dumb and Dumervil.

  6. jjb0811 says: Aug 20, 2013 7:42 PM

    So much for stability before kickoff. Drunk executives, banned players and tons of hurt players leaving them w/ begging a retiree to come back.

    Oh and Manning’s patented 1 & done in the playoff’s spell another lost season in the mountains!

  7. jlb10 says: Aug 20, 2013 7:42 PM

    sure seems like the inmates are running the asylum in denver. elway is given alot of the credit but it appears that this team is falling apart. not just on the field either

  8. johnnyjagfan says: Aug 20, 2013 7:47 PM

    This just means the offense will have to score 30+\game. They can. Wild West Shootouts return!

  9. marima07 says: Aug 20, 2013 7:53 PM

    Presumably they would have been more willing to pay Dumervil?

    I thought Fox had agreed to sign him and would have if not for that fax fiasco. Hm… Maybe that whole missed fax deadline story wasn’t such a ‘mistake’ after all.

  10. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 20, 2013 7:55 PM

    What a bunch of incompetent donkeys.

  11. tannethrill says: Aug 20, 2013 8:18 PM

    At what point do mistakes by management outweigh the signing of Peyton Manning?

  12. 6thsense79 says: Aug 20, 2013 8:23 PM

    If I was Dumervil I would be laughing and feel extra motivation when the Ravens play them to open. Dumervil was under contract for 3 more seasons with the Broncos and they could have easily fit him under the salary cap this year but the Broncos got greedy and forced him to take a pay cut despite Doom giving them an 11 sack season last year. That opened the door for fax gate and Doom ending up on the Ravens. If the Broncos would have just honored their original contract with Dumervil he would have never been in the position of getting cut. Serves the Broncos right.

  13. pgilbert15303 says: Aug 20, 2013 8:26 PM

    KARMA…

  14. gloryfromheaven says: Aug 20, 2013 8:40 PM

    Well they did offer Dumervil more money then the Ravens did, Dumervil must be psychic

  15. jacktheraven says: Aug 20, 2013 9:05 PM

    Dumervil is happy to be a Raven. This doesn’t look good on Elway.

  16. jerseygrown says: Aug 20, 2013 9:18 PM

    A liar and a cheater, good to have that on your team.

  17. mrlaloosh says: Aug 20, 2013 9:42 PM

    Where is the owner of the Broncos? Everybody in his organization is either drunk or on drugs. Time to clean house.

  18. wildbillsrodeo says: Aug 20, 2013 9:43 PM

    This Pats fan is lovin all the news outta the Rocky Mountains!

  19. ravensbob says: Aug 20, 2013 10:00 PM

    When sizzle and doom crush 18 on opening night, elways failure will be complete.

  20. UPYRS says: Aug 20, 2013 10:07 PM

    And the Bronco collapse continues.

  21. nflhof says: Aug 20, 2013 10:49 PM

    What the heck was Archie thinking?

  22. mrcogburn says: Aug 20, 2013 10:56 PM

    I guess Mr John Elway is not as smart as he looks.

    Wait a sec.

  23. jbcahill says: Aug 20, 2013 11:52 PM

    Boy there are alot of jealous bronco haters on here be realistic this team will go 5-1 without miller..

  24. andyandsheila22 says: Aug 21, 2013 12:35 AM

    Can someone tell me why you would play Dumervil ?? He could get hurt and will also deprive the reps of the player who will take his place. Plus, why not get used to playing without him now? I don’t care I’m a Chiefs fan…..and lovin every minute of it.

  25. seahonky says: Aug 21, 2013 2:31 AM

    Is it just me or what? Elway is the “executive v.p. of football operations” but is involved with all of the decision making for the broncos….what does the executive president of football operations do? Do the broncos have one? Do they have a general manager? Seems like Elway is doing it all….

  26. joetoronto says: Aug 21, 2013 4:27 AM

    This team is imploding and It’s all horse face’s fault.

    Have another drink, John.

  27. walkinginthewasteland says: Aug 21, 2013 9:09 AM

    I love revisionist history.

    The Donkeys didnt cut Dumervil, they jerked around in the process and stumbled when trying to get the new contract, extension, whatever. A world of a difference from cutting a player.

  28. raiderssuckball says: Aug 21, 2013 10:30 AM

    Broncos will still go 11-5!!! An beat the Crows week one!

  29. xinellum says: Aug 21, 2013 10:45 AM

    Walkinginthewasteland, when you refuse to give a player a contract or give him one that he doesn’t sign and return via fax, then the player is considered cut. Could Denver have extended the same contract again and then do everything correctly in the appropriate time frame? Sure, then they would have signed him. The Broncos refused to reissue the same contract, trying to save pennies, until much later when they were scared they made a mistake. Now we know they did. Dumervil was cut or released if you prefer the nicer word. Broncos were trying to get a more favorable deal and it blew up in Elways face.

  30. steelerben says: Aug 21, 2013 11:19 AM

    How is landing yourself in the substance abuse program for testing positive during the one month of the year that you KNOW they are going to test you, and then intentionally tampering with your samples more than once in an effort to undermine the results a mistake?

    Willfully negligent at the least.

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