Wade Phillips sees Von Miller as ready to pick up where he left off

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Broncos linebacker Von Miller started his contract year slowly, with three sacks in six games. He finished with a flourish, racking up five total sacks in the biggest two games of the year.

Denver defensive coordinator Wade Phillips sees Miller as a guy who is ready to pick up where he left off.

“I think Von is better right now than he was at this time last year,” Phillips told reporters on Monday. “He seems to be more comfortable in everything. He’s really focused. I’m really pleased where he is right now. That seemed to be where he was at the end of last year.”

If Miller is where he was at the end of last year, every Denver opponent should be very concerned. Miller was unstoppable against New England in the AFC title game and Carolina in Super Bowl 50. He gets another crack at Carolina on Thursday night.

Despite a busy offseason and a holdout that kept him out of the entire offseason training program, Phillips sees a player on a mission.

“[H]e came back really more focused than he started last year,” Phillips said. “Maybe it’s just the comfort in the defense, but I think he wanted to prove to everybody that maybe he’s the best player. Maybe he’s the defensive player of the year. He was the MVP in the Super Bowl, but I think his next goal is to be the defensive player of the year.”

He’d likely settle for being Super Bowl MVP again, and not for the free car.

Phillips also said he expects good things from second-year pass linebacker Shane Ray and situational pass rusher DeMarcus Ware. Although the Broncos have some holes to fill on defense, they could be as good if not better than they were on defense a season ago.

20 responses to “Wade Phillips sees Von Miller as ready to pick up where he left off

  1. Is Camera scared regarding Thursday night? We know he fears getting hurt. Will this affect his play and cause him to avoid contact and be a chicken belly again?

  2. While the No Fly Zone shuts down the passing game, Miller, Ware, and Ray will destroy backfield’s again this year. The Elway led Broncos take its sixth straight AFC West title with Siemian getting better each and every week.

  3. Not exactly where he left off. His pockets are much heavier now! And VM deserved it, as he balled out in both the AFC Championship game and the SB!

    TB is still seeing VM in his nightmares I’m sure!

  4. tahnoonzee says:
    Sep 5, 2016 9:28 PM
    He got paid, he ain’t doing sh*t now. Good luck donkeys.
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    Yea. Worst case scenario, we’ll take the trophy and be okay with it. In the real world, dopes like you will be sad pandas when Von balls out even harder than before. The No Fly Zone knows people are discounting them, and they’re hungry to prove themselves again.

  5. thats a really scary Defense the Broncos are bringing back….look out afcw and the rest !

  6. That’s not how it works. Just being the same as you were is not enough. Opposing coaches have watched hours and hours of tape and have put plays/players in place to stop him. Not all teams do it well but you can be sure both the Patriots and the Panthers have.
    Now if he has reinvented himself and has found new ways to get to the runner, that’s different. We’ll see.

  7. skawh says:
    Sep 5, 2016 9:47 PM
    Not exactly where he left off. His pockets are much heavier now! And VM deserved it, as he balled out in both the AFC Championship game and the SB!

    TB is still seeing VM in his nightmares I’m sure!

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    Don’t worry…..Brady will be back in time to torch the Seahawks over-rated secondary once again….

  8. Did his Chinese Guyer shipments from Gomer come in yet?

    If so, expect a great start to the year, assuming Goodell is still ignoring certain PED tests to remain up to date.
    Considering Denver is in the AFC and able to luckily beat the Pats B squads (due to a rash of injuries), I am not sure Sheriff Goebbels cares.

  9. The nightmare never ends for tylaw…same lame claims. All this bluster about ALL the pats injuries last year. Check the Broncos injury report for last year. Starting a third string left tackle, starting left guard wasn’t even on the team 8 days before the season started. Entire offensive line was patchwork. Both starting safeties out the latter part of the year…but tell us again how many injuries the patsys had!
    AND…Goodell is cheating for the Broncos. And, and, and, the refs and the nfl rigged it so Peyton could win a ring. And, and, and…

  10. It is delicious irony that “orange and blue idoits” can’t even spell the word “Idiots”…but I guess that goes hand in hand with believing conspiracy theories. YES, you’re right. The NFL, the officials, everyone involved at all with the NFL all conspired to give Peyton and the Broncos a championship. By the way…the BRONCOS won Super Bowl 50!!!!! How did your team do?? Thought so…enjoy!

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