Von Miller has big expectations for himself in 2012. He had 11.5 sacks, 64 tackles, and 2 forced fumbles in 15 games last season, but he feels he has a lot to improve upon.
“I just want to cut down on all the mental errors that I had,” Miller said. “I’m not a rookie anymore and I want to start to play like a vet. I just want to be in the spots my teammates expect me to be in, in crunch time situations.”
Miller constantly looks to friend and teammate Elvis Dumervil for ways to improve his game, and Dumervil is more than willing to help his younger partner in sack crime.
“I was very fortunate coming into the situation, having Al Wilson, Champ Bailey, Brian Dawkins,” Dumervil said. “I was able to learn. Before you can lead, you’ve got to know how to follow.”
Miller was named the Colorado Athlete of the Year for his outstanding rookie performance.
“Whenever you get individual accolades, it’s always an outside catalyst that made that happen,” Miller said.
Part of that catalyst was Dumervil.
“I can’t wait to see the kind of jump he can do because he came in last year with a lot of pressure being the No. 2 pick,” Dumervil said. “He’s been working his butt off so we’re looking forward to him having a really great year for us.”