A new Broncos season brings reason for an elite veteran to celebrate Christmas early. When Von Miller had an outside linebacker opposite him that warranted attention he was a different player. He wasn’t being double teamed nearly every play and his sack total showed as much.
When he had DeMarcus Ware to shoulder some of the load, Miller never dipped below 11 sacks in a season. He also had 13.5+ sacks in a single season twice. That was with an aging yet effective Ware. With an up and coming rookie who has elite potential, Von should be able to eclipse those numbers.
Bradley Chubb was selected fifth overall out of NC State and has the ability to compete for playing time right away. He also beat two top offensive lineman in this year’s draft, badly. Bradley Chubb’s highlights against Notre Dame last season show countless times he took advantage of both Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey. Nelson was taken one selection after Chubb, McGlinchey was selected three picks later. This shows that he can pick apart great offensive lineman, likely at the next level as well.
Coming full circle, Von Miller will only benefit from the emergence of a young elite rusher compared to the veteran by Von himself. When training camp starts and pads go on we will get the first look at how the tandem will work at full speed. All reports out of OTAs are encouraging so far. Chubb seems to be picking up the playbook vigorously and with purpose. Here is to hoping that the two can help make a push back to the post season.