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Von Miller vows to come back better after a disappointing 2013

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Broncos linebacker Von Miller missed the start of the 2013 season with a suspension and the end of the season with a torn ACL, and in the middle he wasn’t quite the same player he had been in his first two seasons. Now Miller says he’s ready to return better than ever in 2014.

“With today’s medicine and what’s going on now like ACL, it’s really not as serious as it used to be,’’ Miller told ESPN. “I’m a 100 percent positive I’ll be able to come back not only be the same Von, [but] I got to be better. You come back and be the same guy it’s like you go ‘it’s the same Von again’ and I got to be better.’’

Miller says he understands that he needs to rededicate himself to football, and he’s going to do just that.

“When I get back to full speed I’m going to be ready to go,” Miller said. “When you’re coming off an ACL it helps you re-evaluate what really matters to you and what really matters to me is playing football and be able to get back to that.”

If the 2014 Broncos get something closer to the Von Miller they had in 2012 (18.5 sacks) instead of the Von Miller they got in 2013 (5.0 sacks), that would go a long way toward making them the kind of team that could win the Super Bowl.

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31 Responses to “Von Miller vows to come back better after a disappointing 2013”
  1. djcologne says: Apr 14, 2014 10:40 AM

    JUST SAY NO!

  2. weepingjebus says: Apr 14, 2014 10:46 AM

    Sack all you want, nothing saves a team when Manning gets that deer in the headlights look.

  3. slowclyde86 says: Apr 14, 2014 10:47 AM

    “With today’s medicine…” This stuff writes itself. Nothing else need be said.

  4. themackstrong says: Apr 14, 2014 10:48 AM

    When Von Miller came in he was blowing past offensive lineman with his burst for his first 2 years. He had top level agility to be able to turn the corner and get low. He put on what looks to be 15-20 lbs and muscle and the suspension time off looked like he was a step behind last year. I didn’t see the same explosion.

  5. ozierdisaster3335 says: Apr 14, 2014 10:52 AM

    We definitely need him this year. As a Broncos fan. I know the window is closing for Peyton so we need the defense to back him up.

  6. elwaysagenius says: Apr 14, 2014 10:54 AM

    Was as good as ever when he was on the field last year. The NFL’s 2nd best defender (next to JJ Watt) is ready to help lead Denver to the SB and have Peyton leave on top.

  7. shootscuz says: Apr 14, 2014 10:56 AM

    I think he will be back to being the player he was his 2nd year. It will be nice to have him along with Ware. Hopefully Ware’s presence means that can’t always slide protection towards Von.

  8. campcouch says: Apr 14, 2014 10:59 AM

    Rededicate himself to football. Agent-speak for have a good year and demand more money.

  9. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 14, 2014 11:02 AM

    He can vow to do anything better on the field with half the offense blocking DWare instead of him and he is probably gonna be right.

  10. jbaxt says: Apr 14, 2014 11:03 AM

    Well, that’s a given since he couldn’t have been worse.

  11. denverdave3 says: Apr 14, 2014 11:05 AM

    Extra weight means he’s slowed down.

    Add to that a long list of really DUMB off the field issues and I have to wonder if he knows right from wrong. The next stupid blunder could cost him an entire year.

  12. winstonjed44 says: Apr 14, 2014 11:18 AM

    I hope he pulls it together. Miller, Aldon Smith and JJ Watt looked to be one of the best trio of pass rushers in the same class in a while. Smith may have wrecked his career already, and Miller has already been in trouble with the drug policy multiple times. These guys have special talent, why waste it.

  13. mrtevytev says: Apr 14, 2014 11:22 AM

    Shawne Merriman 2.0

  14. bullcharger says: Apr 14, 2014 11:27 AM

    Denver will go as far as Peyton takes them. If he has another great year then they will go deep in the playoffs and if Peyton starts to struggle or get’s injured they will be toast. Von Miller doesn’t matter.

    Also… for those that think Seattle will easily win another Super Bowl, they have to make it back first. Anything can happen in this league. Half way through 2011 it looked like Green Bay would win 3 in a row, and they haven’t done squat.

    Denver has a chance if they can make it back.

  15. scrotiemcb says: Apr 14, 2014 11:38 AM

    Only a Charger fan could conclude that Von Miller doesn’t matter.

    The Pats, I’m sure, would rather not face him again for at least a couple decades. He kind of made them look silly last year.

  16. gbmickey says: Apr 14, 2014 12:05 PM

    Back on the juice.

  17. restorativejusticeprogram says: Apr 14, 2014 12:29 PM

    He must have started taking an undetectable PED.

  18. orangeandblueblood says: Apr 14, 2014 1:07 PM

    I like to be as positive as possible but just because he’s on my home team doesn’t mean I believe everything he says. He’s done too many stupid things over the last year to make me think he’ll change his stripes. One more missed drug test away from being suspended for the entire season.

  19. patriotsarespygaters says: Apr 14, 2014 1:14 PM

    will need another year to be himself sorry von….ware plus you was you 2 years ago….

  20. rl7911 says: Apr 14, 2014 1:23 PM

    He’ll be out of the NFL in 2 years

  21. pantherfan40 says: Apr 14, 2014 1:26 PM

    Just say no!!!!

  22. elmaxoh says: Apr 14, 2014 1:38 PM

    The guy got fat and he can’t move fast enough now…

  23. edithpiaf51 says: Apr 14, 2014 1:43 PM

    I say give him a chance. Peyton needs good backup defense as Peyton is on his way out.

  24. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 14, 2014 2:14 PM

    Miller is mediocre without his banned chicken feed supplements, apparently.

  25. chargrz says: Apr 14, 2014 2:22 PM

    Go fire up another Doobie Von.

  26. wryly1 says: Apr 14, 2014 2:25 PM

    Bob Griffin said he was going to come back even better, too – but we saw he was way worse.

  27. tindeaux says: Apr 14, 2014 3:16 PM

    miller was disappointed because he got caught cheated!

  28. simoneauchristopher5 says: Apr 14, 2014 5:45 PM

    The guy was good when he was on PED’s and he isn’t the same since he got caught. Maybe he found a new “medicine” but I just don’t see him being close to what he was as a rookie. I’m not the first to say it in these comments, but I think he is Shawne Merriman 2.0.

  29. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Apr 14, 2014 6:51 PM

    There are some very uninformed commenters here, as usual. Miller was suspended for violation of the substance abuse policy, not the performance enhancing drug policy.

  30. hobiecat1 says: Apr 14, 2014 8:00 PM

    Wow..after only three years in the league he understands he needs to rededicate himself to football. Sure didn’t take him long to get bored with his profession.

  31. 8oneanddones says: Apr 14, 2014 10:30 PM

    Name one NFL player who has made it back to the same level of productivity after serving a drug policy suspension. You can’t.

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