Von Miller on stopping Patrick Mahomes: Can’t do it, our offense has to score

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The Broncos made several moves designed to upgrade their offense this offseason and it’s not hard to understand what drove those decisions.

The Chiefs are the top team in the AFC West and they’ve put together a powerful offense led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes that helped them win Super Bowl LIV in February. In an interview with Kent Babb of the Washington Post, Broncos linebacker Von Miller was asked what the team’s defense has to do to stop Mahomes.

Miller’s discussed the difficulty of slowing Mahomes in the past, which was evidenced by the left-handed throw the Chiefs quarterback once made to avoid a sack. This time, Miller responded by saying that stopping Mahomes wasn’t the right way to approach trying to beat Kansas City.

“Can’t. We’ve just got to score points,” Miller said. “If we’re able to get off the field — you can hold them to a third down here and there, but that’s on our offense. We’ve got to score on offense because you cannot — it’s not smart to go into the game and say we’re going to hold Patrick Mahomes to no points.”

The Broncos managed nine points while giving up 53 in two losses to the Chiefs last season, so there’s a lot of room for improvement as they head toward their next matchup with Mahomes and company.

20 responses to “Von Miller on stopping Patrick Mahomes: Can’t do it, our offense has to score

  1. Hey Von… it would help if you didn’t pull up every time you had a chance to blast Mahomes last year. I watched it play out time and time again where he could of taken legal, hard shots at Mahomes and instead he goes out of his way to not him. Von is too darn nice and wants to be friends with everyone… but it certainly doesn’t help the team you are playing for. Von has gotten soft and lost his fire plain and simple. Watch the tape last year. It was pathetic.

  2. At least he’s honest. That doesn’t mean you should in to game conceding that you’re going to give up a cool 45 or something, otherwise this kinda comes off as deflecting. Not fair to ask Drew Lock to get in to a shoot out with Patrick Mahomes no matter much speed they have now, defense needs to do its job

  3. Yep. Only way to stop Mahomes is to hurt him, and that should never be the goal. The Bears D should be saying the same thing to their offense: “We aren’t perfect. You need to score points.”

  4. Well at least he’s honest, but I dont think any body outside of Colorado thinks the Broncos are going to go score for score with the Chiefs. Denver had a good run but now they are going to be a consistent 8-9 or 9-8 team for the next several years, get used to it.

  5. Chiefs should be afraid! The broncos have a quarterback that has never been tested!

  6. Gamesmanship on Von’s part here. They held KC to 30 and 23 points last year. The offense was a turnstile however. In 2018 (Mahomes MVP year) KC scored 27 and 30 in two games, KC won by 4 and 7 pts respectively. In 4 games against Denver, Mahomes has averaged 27 pts per game. These games were against Case Keenum, Joe Flacco and Lock starting his 3rd NFL game with backup receivers other than Sutton. I expect Denver to split with KC this year.

  7. Sure is nice to have the nation talk about the Chiefs. Finally earned respect and are getting respect.

  8. jayshanti says:
    May 15, 2020 at 9:52 am
    Gamesmanship on Von’s part here. They held KC to 30 and 23 points last year. The offense was a turnstile however. In 2018 (Mahomes MVP year) KC scored 27 and 30 in two games, KC won by 4 and 7 pts respectively. In 4 games against Denver, Mahomes has averaged 27 pts per game. These games were against Case Keenum, Joe Flacco and Lock starting his 3rd NFL game with backup receivers other than Sutton. I expect Denver to split with KC this year.
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    Jayshanti- This is a joke, right? In 2018??? What is next John Elway and Terrell Davis in 1997 beat the Chiefs by 7 points? It isn’t gamesmanship, the offense is pathetic and the Broncos defense is not even close to good enough to stop the Chiefs. Evidenced by the numbers the Chiefs put up on them LAST year. Lock is better than Flacco. I have not seen that he is better than Keenum. But I am excited to find out. Good luck outscoring them.

  9. I believe the ultimate compliment is, when opposing fans are essentially bragging about holding your team to 30 and 27 points. “Hey they didn’t score 45 on us”.

  10. Why are they paying Von Miller all this money again — because he collects a few meaningless sacks now and then but, by his own admission, his performance is not in any way game-changing?

  11. There’s no way Denver’s offense is going to outscore KC’s offense even though KCs defense is not all that great.

  12. Slim2529 Says:
    Jayshanti- This is a joke, right? In 2018??? What is next John Elway and Terrell Davis in 1997 beat the Chiefs by 7 points? It isn’t gamesmanship, the offense is pathetic and the Broncos defense is not even close to good enough to stop the Chiefs. Evidenced by the numbers the Chiefs put up on them LAST year. Lock is better than Flacco. I have not seen that he is better than Keenum. But I am excited to find out. Good luck outscoring them
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    LMAO! You watch the games? That 2018 chiefs offensive personnel was largely the same as last year..except who Hardman? How is that the same as going back to 1997? It’s a fair comparison. Broncos will light up KC in Denver this year. Law of averages. Watch the Fangio D tape against Mahomes. Move all you want between the 20s..kick FGs. Now Denver has to score 30 to beat them..but people make it seem like you have win 45 – 44 against them. Broncos defense is much better than KCs. With a competent offense they are toe to toe with them.

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    LMAO! You watch the games? That 2018 chiefs offensive personnel was largely the same as last year..except who Hardman? How is that the same as going back to 1997? It’s a fair comparison. Broncos will light up KC in Denver this year. Law of averages. Watch the Fangio D tape against Mahomes. Move all you want between the 20s..kick FGs. Now Denver has to score 30 to beat them..but people make it seem like you have win 45 – 44 against them. Broncos defense is much better than KCs. With a competent offense they are toe to toe with them.
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    I have watched games. I was watching the Super Bowl last year. What were you doing? Looking at mock drafts. The Donkeys have not beaten the Chiefs in more than half a decade. 1997 0r 2018, you know what they have in common? They are both in the past. What happened in 2018 has no relevance on what happens this year. You can add everyone and anyone, heck, you could have Hill, Kelce and Watkins on the Broncos. If you don’t have MVPat Mahomes, it isn’t going to do any good. The Broncos defense could be better. Are they better than the 49ers? Probably not. This is what it was like watching Elway dominate the AFC West for 15 years. Its our time. Like it or not.

  14. I remember when KC lost 9 straight to five head and the Broncos and KC’s strategy was similar. Must score more points, can’t shut down Peyton.

    Shoe is on the other foot now – for the next 10-15 years.

  15. chebornek says:
    May 16, 2020 at 12:25 pm
    I remember when KC lost 9 straight to five head and the Broncos and KC’s strategy was similar. Must score more points, can’t shut down Peyton.

    Shoe is on the other foot now – for the next 10-15 years.
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    Exactly right! I don’t see this turning around this year. Whether it’s in KC or Denver. The Broncos may get one here or there but it isn’t going to be even for a long time. That’s ok too. The Denver fan base had their time for years. Deal with it.

  16. “Hey Von… it would help if you didn’t pull up every time you had a chance to blast Mahomes last year. I watched it play out time and time again where he could of taken legal, hard shots at Mahomes and instead he goes out of his way to not him. Von is too darn nice and wants to be friends with everyone… but it certainly doesn’t help the team you are playing for. Von has gotten soft and lost his fire plain and simple. Watch the tape last year. It was pathetic.”

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    In what world are defenders allowed to touch star quarterbacks in the NFL? Even legal hits are penalties.

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