Englewood, COLORADO–Today, Von Miller and Demaryius Thomas addressed the media and gave answers to a few pressing questions, including Super Bowl hangover, the lack of DeMarcus Ware, Vance Joseph, the new offense and of course, questions ad nauseum about the quarterbacks.
As far as Von Miller’s stolen helmet and cleats, he said he didn’t even know they were missing it was so crazy last year. He hasn’t seen them, but knows they’re back in the building.
Regarding this off season compared to last, he spent htis one relaxing and traveling.
When asked about his thoughts concerning Vance Joseph he had this to say,
“I love him, really. He’s going to be a great coach for us. He’s a great leader. He connects well with all of the guys that we have in the locker room. We have a unique locker room, so it takes a unique coach to really make that connection. He’s definitely doing it from Day One.”
With DeMarcus Ware, his mentor, retiring it’s up to Von to step up and he’s ready.
“It is important for me to win games and win the Super Bowl. You’ve got to go out there and earn the respect from the guys in the locker room. I feel like my whole career I’ve always been kind of the people’s champ in the locker room. It’s not really going to change. I’m always going to be the people’s champ, but we have a void missing on our football team with DeMarcus Ware missing. That is definitely one of my goals, but the number one goal is to win games. That’s why I’m here.”
He also addressed what we call a ‘Super Bowl’ hangover.
“A lot of guys got frustrated, not just the offense, not just the defense and not just special teams. When you don’t win, everyone gets frustrated.It was cool. I felt like I’ve always been able to handle all of those situations. I feel like that was what I built for. It really didn’t bother me. I feel like that’s why I was able to come out and have the type of season that I had this year. If I didn’t have that, who knows where I would’ve been? The past is the past. I’m moving forward. This Von that I’m putting forward this season is going to be my best one yet ”
If you were wondering about the ton of beef we added during the Free Agency period, Miller seemed fairly happy about it.
“Have you seen those guys? Those guys are huge. Have you seen them? Peko, he’s athletic. We were working out today and I was like, ‘Yeah, he’s going to be great for us.’ Just by looking at those guys, you can already tell they’re going to be able to feel and correct some of those weaknesses that we had last year. The run defense was one of our weaknesses. We were still able to put together a pretty solid defense.”
With Ware retired, it’s now up to Shane Ray to step up into those large shoes. Von gave him a vote of confidence, not that he’d say he stunk. I love rah-rah pressers.
“Shane has been ready. Shane has been ready for a long time. Shaq has been ready as well. I’m looking forward to those guys. Shane being a starter from Day One, I think that will definitely help his game. He’ll have to come out in key situations and be the guy this year. I’m looking forward for big plays from everyone.”
When he was asked again, (a recurring theme for a while, I fear)
“I said it when I talked with Mike [Klis] a couple of weeks ago. I was OK with Trevor and Paxton. I wasn’t really going into the whole ordeal. We have great leadership here with Mr. [Executive Vice President of Football Operations/GM John] Elway and the guys upstairs. Whatever direction they went in, I was OK with that. I was OK with the guys that we had. Every single year you see quarterbacks turnover. You saw it in Dallas from a rookie quarterback just take off. I feel like Trevor and Paxton both have the potential to do that.”
DEMARYIUS THOMAS appeared to be excited about a new offense. Broncos Country is with him on that.
“That was kind of one of my first thoughts—the screen passes. I remember talking to [Wide Receivers Coach] Tyke [Tolbert] and he was mentioning the same thing. The years we played together with Mike were some of my best years. I look forward to it this year as well.”
He gave insight on a hip injury that was downplayed last year. What he says isn’t exactly comforting. Although he did say that he’ll do whatever he needs to do to be 100%.
“It was bad at times. It got worse at some times. I never thought about surgery. I could get it, but I didn’t think I needed it and I don’t really need it. Right now, I feel great. I’ve been running routes and it hasn’t been bothering me. It just depends on how you get hit now. It’s basically maintaining the hips.It was tough. Sometimes I couldn’t stop and sometimes I couldn’t run certain routes that I wanted to run. Sometimes I couldn’t get off press because I had no power in it. Like you said, it wasn’t my excuse. I was out there, going out, trying to help my teammates out and trying to make it not look bad on my part.”
He said he’s used to changing quarterbacks and both are ready to work. He’s fine playing with either one. As if anyone on the the team would say, no, so and so is horrible. His next statement was more telling about Lynch in Dove Valley than I think he meant it be.
“I’ve seen more smiles now because his first year in the league he was kind of nervous. He had the opportunity to start. The main thing is that he’s ready to compete. He’s got people behind his back and he’s got the confidence. That’s all he can have.” “The main thing is getting with the quarterbacks in the meeting rooms and getting with them on the field and giving them the confidence that he’s got my back. I’m going to do whatever I have to do to make myself better and this team better. I think with doing that, being with the guys, having conversations with them and listening to them because they will the starters. One of them will be the starter of our team, so we’re going to have to listen throughout the huddles and throughout the season anyway. You give them that confidence and let them go out and play at their best.”
Um, he’s got people behind his back? Where were they before?
It was a good thing to see DT so enthused with Mike McCoy and his style of offense.
“The sky is the limit. It’s just going out as a group of guys on the offensive side of the ball and executing. We have playmakers and we’ve got good coaches to call the plays. We’ve got two quarterbacks that can play and you’ve got running backs out the backfield, offensive line. It’s about going out and executing now. Mike McCoy has been a problem since I’ve known him when our defense had problems going over it throughout the week when we were going against the Chargers.”
DT said he believes this offense now has the potential to be like 2013. That the offense will watch game clips from those days. Be still my heart.
Thomas sure likes the phrase, got your back. His final question was of course a quarterback one, this time about Trevor. I’m guessing inside, they disagree with Joseph and don’t want a quarterback competition going to the wire because every presser will have questions about both as some reporter tries to find a clue to how they really feel.
“I think he still is a young quarterback. That was his first year playing. It was his second year in the league, going on his third year now. He had to step up and fill a role that he didn’t expect himself to be in. He’s still a young quarterback. He’s still got things to work on. I think he knows that as well. We’re going to have his back and do whatever we have to do to make him better.”