At the end of the 2010 season, Denver Broncos fans were hurt, disappointed, and humiliated. Having finished the season with a disgraceful 4-12 record, the organization was at it’s all-time low and the fans weren’t happy.
However, with the second worst record in team history, Denver was granted the second overall pick in which they selected one of current best players in the NFL, Von Miller.
In a weird, unique way, the dreadful season three years ago may have been an early blessing in disguise. At least that what’s the organization is surely hoping for.
Since Miller’s arrival into the NFL, he has been nothing short of spectacular. In his two seasons, he has totaled 30 sacks and has already claimed both Defensive Rookie of the Year and two trips to the Pro Bowl.
The former Texas A&M standout has virtually been unblockable for offensive competitors, and due to his nimble speed off the outside edges, defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio is able to create more specialized blitzing packages to coincide with the overall aggressive nature of the defense.
It’s also important to note that although Miller has been nagged with a few minor injuries, his motor is very hard to shut off. After breaking his hand during his rookie season, the All-Pro linebacker still managed to finish up the season as a powerful threat from the outside.
Although not close to contract talks just yet, the Broncos need to make the conscious decision of making this rare talent a Bronco for life.
Within the next two years, it would not be surprising if the Broncos offered Miller a similar contract to what the Green Bay Packers offered Clay Matthews.
Matthews, during this offseason, signed a $66 million deal to keep him in Wisconsin for the next five years. Matthews is very similar to Miller, although Miller’s numbers have been more productive.
Expect the Broncos to address the need prior to Miller’s contract date. Losing Miller to anyone would not only be detrimental to the defense but to everything the team is trying to achieve.
Make no mistake, Miller is by far the most prominent leader on the defense, and without him, their defensive rankings would drop significantly.