Nov 24, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Von Miller still has plenty to prove

In a career that could contain a lot of years with double digit sack totals, Von Miller will most likely refer to 2013 as his lost season. Miller gave away six games due to a suspension for trying to cheat the NFL’s drug testing program. Then he missed the final game of the season and the playoffs with a torn ACL.

In the nine games where he did play, Miller recorded five sacks, but he was hardly the unblockable force he was last season when he recorded 18.5 sacks.

With the release of Champ Bailey and the possible departure of Wesley Woodyard, the Broncos may be in need of a team captain on defense. But Denver Post writer Benjamin Hochman thinks Miller is far from captain material.


“That’ll be the day,” wrote Hochman. “I don’t sense Von as a leader in the sense of, you know, accountability, intelligence and setting a good example. But 2014 is his big season, leading into the uncertainty of that following offseason. So who knows? Maybe he ascends. But right now, the only leadership Von has, in my eyes, anyway, is the lead-by-example thing.”


“But I’d be very surprised if he’s wearing a C. In fact, it would concern me, and make me wonder what this says about the Broncos players who elected him.”

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