“Disappointed in myself on an individual level,” said Broncos quarterback menace and former Super Bowl MVP Von Miller. “They were throwing the ball quick, but we have to find a way to get there.” Miller was disappointed because the Broncos utterly failed even to scare Raiders quarterback Derek Carr during Week One.
“My job is to sack the quarterback and I didn’t get to him once, not even a quarterback hit,” Miller said after the game, which saw the Broncos fall 24-16. It was a rare admission by a star in the high-testosterone, big-money world of the NFL. But Miller is comfortable enough in his skin to tell the story like it is, and not try to spin it.
Miller and the Broncos defense are much more accustomed to seeing the opposing quarterback on his back wondering what hit him. Instead, “we just got outplayed,” he concluded.
It’s actually not the worst news for Broncos fans, since effort is easier to fix than talent. If Miller thought the Broncos were outclassed in the talent department, that’d be a bigger problem. But no, they got beat on effort — and that is nearly guaranteed to change next week.