Von Miller: Our window is still open

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The Bills signed edge rusher Von Miller with the idea that he would be their closer in the postseason — the piece that could help the club get over the top to reach Super Bowl LVII.

But that was not able to come to fruition, as Miller tore his ACL during Buffalo’s Thanksgiving Day victory over Detroit.

Now that the Bills have been eliminated from the postseason, Miller — who signed a six-year contract with Buffalo last March — said he’s looking forward to running it back with his coaches and teammates in 2023.

“My message to the guys was, as competitors, whenever you lose, you go back to the drawing board and you say, ‘Oh I’ve gotta make some changes, I’ve got to do this, I’ve got to do that, I’ve got to work harder,’” Miller said in his press conference. “You should always debrief. But I honestly feel like we’re in a unique spot. We’ve got a great football team. We’ve got great coaches. We’ve got great staff, great players. Sometimes, more isn’t always the answer. Sometimes you’ve just got to keep playing. Sometimes you’ve got to line back up, give us another year, and just go through it again.

“We lost four games — we lost four games this whole entire year. Four games out of the 19 games that we played? And we lost four of those games. We had a great season. We had a great year.

Miller added that he signed with the Bills to have multiple shots at winning a Super Bowl and he thinks Buffalo is still fully capable of accomplishing that goal.

“Just because we lost to the Bengals, it doesn’t diminish the type of team that we know we have. It doesn’t diminish our team in this league,” Miller said. “We have a really good team. Our window is still open and brighter days are definitely ahead for us.”

Miller was a difference-maker on defense when he was healthy. He had 8.0 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, and 12 quarterback hits for Buffalo. He also recorded a pair of passes defensed and a forced fumble.

Miller has a significant road to recovery ahead with the second ACL tear of his career. He previously went through the process in 2013 entering the 2014 season.

He noted he’s six weeks from his surgery and he’s walking around and working out. But he’ll need another six-to-seven weeks to start running. But his recovery is likely going to take around nine months, though Miller said he’s hopeful he can shorten that window to six or seven months.

31 responses to “Von Miller: Our window is still open

  1. Not slammed shut but is just about closed as the GM and coaches have to figure out how to improve with less talent as Josh’s Salary kicks in and they no longer can afford to pay certain starters what they want, afford any type of depth (like a secondary or O-line) and be able to acquire decent free agents.

  2. Seems like every year a paper champion is crowned in September and then flames out. This year it was the Bills. Hard to say if the window is still open for Buffalo.

  3. He’s right – though I’m sure this will get translated as Bills’ “arrogance” and Von guaranteeing Super Bowl wins or something.

    Beane has some work to do this offseason, but they can still be in the mix in the years ahead. The terrible thing about the playoffs is that it can be an abrupt end – but it’s also a new season as long as you can get there. I’d expect the Bills to make the playoffs more often than not while they have Allen.

  4. He must have inside info on the rule changes that will be made to help the Bills next season.

  5. Open in the same way Big Ben and the Steelers’ window was open for the last 8 years of his career. Always in the mix for the division. Always in the playoffs. But never quite a SB contender. That is what the Bills will be for the next 5-7 years until Josh Allen breaks down and becomes Cam Newton.

  6. Sounds like he’s trying to convince himself of that ridiculous statement. Just lol 😭🤣

  7. We know. There’ll be all sorts of hype throughout the offseason and during the season. But they’ll blow it in the playoffs. They’ve been Super Bowl favorites for what 3 seasons now? Von was the missing piece. Then Hines was the missing piece. They are the AFCs Cowboys.

  8. Gets harder after you pay your QB the big bucks. Packer fans know this and Chiefs fans will learn this

  9. This guy has always been a delusional person with a delusional career of just collecting sacks.

    His early career roid busts will not be forgotten and the way he tried to lie about it being weed. I am sorry, you don’t get busted twice for PEDs and then try to pass it off as weed.

  10. Hopefully another year of maturity will help with this team. Players like Oliver, Epenesa, Edmunds, and Elam have to take it to another level. Players like Bates, Saffold, McKenzie and Dane Jackson need to be reevaluated for their effectiveness.

  11. “lowlyfinfan88 says:
    January 23, 2023 at 1:36 pm
    We know. There’ll be all sorts of hype throughout the offseason and during the season. But they’ll blow it in the playoffs. They’ve been Super Bowl favorites for what 3 seasons now? Von was the missing piece. Then Hines was the missing piece. They are the AFCs Cowboys.”
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    This was the 1st season they were true SB favorites.

    And they won’t be hyped this coming season, which is just fine by me. The media hype created a lot of animosity toward Buffalo. It would be cool to at least win a SB before seeing the kind of hate the team gets now.

    The Bills are an underdog again. Everyone can move on & probably start hating the Bengals, because they’ll be the hyped AFC team now.

  12. Without a doubt Von is a difference maker and Bengals probably win Super Bowl last year if they only had to stop Aaron Donald.

  13. If the NFL thinks the bills are restricted by Josh Allen’s salary, just wait until Joe Burrow becomes the first $500 million player.

  14. BuckyBadger says:
    January 23, 2023 at 1:40 pm
    Gets harder after you pay your QB the big bucks. Packer fans know this and Chiefs fans will learn this
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    and the bungles…

  15. I’m sorry. I wanted Buffalo to win but the Bungles really took it to the snowflakes in Buffalo.

  16. That window is shut for good because of the Bengals and Burrow Sorry Von no way he plays out that deal he got. Nice money if you can get it.

  17. Buffalo has fielded a team with great players the last few years. The problem with that, is they all want to be paid top shelf dollars. That is where the cap is the great equalizer. This year and next will see some adjustments. The Bills are already over the cap, and that is with no contract for Edmunds, Oliver’s 5th year option, and the final year of Davis’ rookie deal. All 3 will want big paydays.

  18. Getting ready to go from a $16 million dollar cap hit to a $39 million cap hit for Allen. Diggs is going from an $11 million cap hit to a $20 million… you need an OL and a RB. A lot of starters are set to be free agents. Is the window open, or is it closed and the glass just looks clear?

  19. “Miller was a difference-maker on defense when he was healthy. He had 8.0 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, and 12 quarterback hits for Buffalo. He also recorded a pair of passes defensed and a forced fumble.”

    Josh Uche had better production than that & he makes 1M per not 15M per. I guess his window is wide open?

  20. When I watched Josh Allen this season I thought he was closer to his second season than his 3rd. Daboll left. Daniel Jones improved. Josh Allen regressed. Pretty clear that upgrades in the coaching staff are needed as a starting point.

  21. As Von Miller said, the Bills are a great team. The problem is expectations. Betting odds had the Bills as Super Bowl favorites up until yesterday’s divisional game started. But the public should have seen them as overvalued.

    The warning signs have been there– Josh Allen plowing his body through defenses trying to be the hero on plays that don’t require it, closer-than-expected point differential like the win against Miami last week. Sports analysts should have been talking about the Bills more like they were talking about the Vikings: “Are they for real?” rather than annointing them as the new Chiefs, who have made it to 5 straight AFC championship games.

    The window hasn’t closed for the Bills. But the window frame is not as large as people have made it out to be.

  22. TheTruth says:
    January 23, 2023 at 2:22 pm
    Getting ready to go from a $16 million dollar cap hit to a $39 million cap hit for Allen. Diggs is going from an $11 million cap hit to a $20 million… you need an OL and a RB. A lot of starters are set to be free agents. Is the window open, or is it closed and the glass just looks clear?

    —————-

    Some fanbases don’t understand the cap or even think there is one. They just keep not wanting to learn.

  23. And we’ve come full circle back to the tired “cap hell” comments. Scintillating.

    I went 20 years as a fan without having a QB good enough to pay big money to. There weren’t a lot of playoff games during that time. I’ll take the expensive QB, any ol’ day.

  24. Yawn…….
    Haters …
    The cap goes up dramatically each year. Allen is a steal at that number, as well as Diggs.
    Players come, players go, but Allen is still 26 years old and the Bills window is wide open for 10-15 years as long as Allen is the QB.

  25. The Allen contract is going to decimate this team’s chances after NEXT season, they will still be in contention next year. Based on how the AFC is shaking out last couple years, along with their own division getting better overall, it would not surprise me to see this team being a wildcard team next year, and maybe that is what they need. Their biggest issues of o-line, d-line and RB and WR needs are GLARING everytime you watch them. Realistically, how can they get a great free agent at ANY of those positions with the contracts for Allen, Diggs and Miller ?

    Their window closed last year when they couldnt stop KC for 13 seconds. Everyone who watched that game could tell you that.

  26. It’s not just that Allen’s contract is a problem, it’s that they’re deficient in talent and need serious work to fill holes on their offensive and defensive line. That doesn’t come cheaply unless you draft effectively, and the Bills simply have missed on their selections at those spots the past few years.
    Their window isn’t closed, but they need a couple of exceptional drafts to fill in those average and below average spots on their roster.

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