Jun 10, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) speaks to the media following mini camp drills at the Broncos practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware the Best Pass Rush Duo Ever in the NFL?


No one says you can’t have lofty goals, and that’s exactly what Denver Broncos star pass rushers Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware are setting for the 2014 season.

With Miller coming back from his ACL injury and Ware signing this past March, it’s fair for skeptics to wonder what exactly these two will be bringing to the table when the whistle finally blows in August and September. As Ware told the media on Tuesday, they are dreaming big.

“At the end of the day, when you look at all the guys in the league, you want to be the best at your position and on the best defense in the league,” Ware said. “Me and Von talk all the time about, ‘How many sacks do you want to get this year?’ He threw a number out there, and I said, ‘At the end of the day, a number’s only a result that people can judge.’ I said, ‘But why not be the tandem out there that at the end of the day we can say was the tandem that was best in the league ever?’”

“That’s what you want. You want something bigger than that, that lasts forever.”

The Broncos certainly wouldn’t mind getting that out of these two guys. When Ware was released by the Cowboys, the Broncos dropped everything to make signing him a priority. He was on a flight to Denver almost immediately after becoming a free agent and signed not too long after his arrival.

When Ware became a Bronco, it was clear that Denver was trying to fix a problem area from a year ago. As much as people would hate to admit it, losing Elvis Dumervil hurt the Broncos more than it helped, but with him in Baltimore, it eventually allowed the Broncos the opportunity to sign Ware, who is working his way into cementing the defensive end role opposite Von Miller.

The Broncos were one of the best defenses in the league in 2012, and appeared to be on a very positive trajectory before faltering last year with a variety of injuries and of course the suspension of Miller.

It was the personal business of John Elway this offseason to upgrade the Broncos’ area of weakness, which was getting after opposing quarterbacks and creating turnovers.

Miller and Ware can help fix both of those areas, but be the best the league has ever seen?

The great thing about adding DeMarcus Ware is that the Broncos signed one of the most focused, dedicated veteran players in the league who is getting himself recovered from injury and by all accounts in is peak physical condition and as explosive as ever. With Miller also returning to form, there should be at least some validity to what he and Ware are apparently dreaming up.

Even the most optimistic of Broncos fans won’t say the Broncos have the best pass rush duo ever, at least not yet, but I’d be willing to wager not many fans would have thought that, even with the targets he had last season, that Peyton Manning would break the single season touchdown record at his age.

Hopefully it’s another case where the players surprise us on the field again — in a good way.

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  • 53quicksilver53

    Best Pass Rush Duo Ever? Are you kidding me? They haven’t played a down together and you’re talking that garbage? You know that’s the Kiss Of Death, right? STOP SPREADING BULLCRAP!

    • Taco Pete

      My thoughts exactly, thank you!

    • SayreBedinger

      Why don’t you talk to DeMarcus Ware.

      ‘But why not be the tandem out there that at the end of the day we can say was the tandem that was best in the league ever?’ — Ware.

      • 53quicksilver53

        ‘But why not be the tandem out there that at the end of the day we can say was the tandem that was best in the league ever’. Why not make sure you are healthy first? Why not make sure you will perform as well as you once did? Miller’s recovery is an unknown: Why not shut up until you are sure you are going to BE a tandem? I don’t care if Ware said it…its based on yet unproven performance, and that makes it bullish!t He’s a tempest in a teapot barking that nonsense coming off a year that he was hurt, and that Miller was hurt…both underperforming terribly. Ware & Miller better be worried more about reality and being on the healthy roster at the start of the season instead of blowing smoke about a fantasy of being the best ever.

        • Chad Jensen

          Wow. Calm down, buddy. It’s simply sports. And to say that Von Miller underperformed last year is erroneous. He was, yet again, the best outside linebacker in the NFL. Ware struggled in Dallas. But when Miller was on the field, he impacted in as big of a way as he always has.

          • Josh Landers

            Actually, justin Houston was the best olb in football last year according to pff.

          • Chad Jensen

            Not true. Justin Houston was the highest rated OLB in 3-4 with a +32.8 overall grade. Von Miller? +40.3. Miller was the highest rated linebacker in the NFL per PFF in 2013. Facts are pesky things.

          • Josh Landers

            I stand, corrected. Houston was #1 in the 3-4. Good job.

          • Chad Jensen

            I do think that it is now a real debate: who is better? Von Miller or Justin Houston?

          • Josh Landers

            I think at that level of play it’s just two of the best. I don’t know that you can find a weakness in either one of them. They’re both good against the run, pass, and they’re both great pass rushers. Plus they play in different base defenses.

          • Josh Landers

            I only hope for the donkeys’ sake he returns from his acl tear at full speed. Ap is the only one I know of to do so. I really, really hate Denver but miller is a baller and I would like for the chiefs to whoop dat ass with y’all at full strength. ;)

          • Chad Jensen

            Lol. He’ll be back. But the Queefs will be hard pressed to beat Denver, even if Miller was on the sideline. Manning is 4-0 vs KC as a Bronco. ;-)

          • Josh Landers

            Well you can chalk 2 of those wins up to the chiefs playing like a high school jv team. The 2 last year were good games. This year I think the chiefs are going to be better than most people realize.

          • 53quicksilver53

            Josh, Chad isn’t getting it…he says facts are pesky things, but he doesn’t know how stats are compiled. He wants (as we all do) Miller to be great, but he doesn’t realize you can’t compare someone’s 11 game stats (which is what Houston played last year) to someone’s 7 game stats because the guy with lesser games played will usually look better than a guy with more games…because there are more opportunities to screw up.

          • Josh Landers

            There’s no denying that miller is a stud. He could’ve graded lower or higher. Either way, wins are really all that matter. The chiefs and donkeys games should be better than advertised. The regular season can’t get here soon enough…

          • Chad Jensen

            Don’t make me laugh.

          • 53quicksilver53

            Robert Ayers, Malik Jackson and Shaun Philips all had more sacks then Miller. Miller played less than half the games for whatever reason then the others players. If that isn’t underperforming…I don’t know what is.

          • Chad Jensen

            Then maybe you don’t know what is, respectfully. Or maybe I just have more information. In only 552 defensive snaps, Von Miller had 27 QB hurries, 8 QB hits, & 6 sacks. Shaun Phillips played 784 snaps, had 32 hurries, 4 QB hits, and 11 sacks. So in 232 more snaps, Phillps managed only 5 hurries and 5 more sacks. On a play-to-play level, no defender in the NFL was more impactful than Von Miller in 2013.

            Robert Ayers? He didn’t have more sacks than Miller. He had 4. In 514 snaps. He also had 31 hurries and 7 QB hits. That’s very effective for the amount of snaps he saw. But he’s no Von Miller.

            Malik Jackson was awesome, but he tied Miller in sacks (6). In 601 snaps, he notched 29 hurries and 8 QB hits. Love me some Malik, but to say that he was more productive than Miller is erroneous.

            So, of the 3 players you mentioned, only 1 actually had more sacks than Miller. Phillips was healthy all year. And he started out with a bang but really faded down the stretch when we needed him most.

          • 53quicksilver53

            Ok, I see where you are coming from: stat land. Your stats are probably correct. I, however, am looking at the big picture. Without players working hard and performing…stats are worthless. Ya know, its nice to say Ware did this…Miller did that…stats are a great comparative tool…but that’s all history. There is no way in hell past stats can be a concrete projection of what will happen in the upcoming year. Miller could come up dirty on a urinalysis, Ware could get a DUI or both of them could be reinjured in camp. Stats can only be compiled AFTER the game.

          • Chad Jensen

            The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. And coming from stat land, I’ll plant my flag there, in a place where empirical data can point to what is reality and what is delusion. I’m sorry that the prospect, a very real one, that Ware and Miller could be the best pass rushing duo in NFL history upsets you. Try not to take it personally when Alex Smith is on his back, staring at the sky with a blank look on his face.

        • Josh Landers

          FINALLY! A donkeys fan with some sense…

        • SayreBedinger

          Why would your hope as an NFL player simply to return to health? If he feels healthy already, why would he not set lofty goals for himself? I don’t think he should temper expectations. The Broncos have had enough defensive units that were not confident and not aggressive. Those days are hopefully dead.

          • 53quicksilver53

            That confidence and bluster is all well and good…but your expectations have to be rooted in REALITY! He missed 3 games and was dinged up in the others. He was half as good in ’13 as he was in ’12, and roughly only 30% as good last year as other years. In who’s world just because you shoot your mouth off about your goals…they happen? Ware isn’t Mohammed Ali…you don’t start spouting off before you know what you’ve got, or you look like a fool. He doesn’t know if he will return healthy. He doesn’t know if Miller will return healthy. He doesn’t know if he and Miller will be able to work together. Its all unknown. What gets me is that he is skipping steps: when you have a goal to go to do something there is a protocol you follow…you don’t just appear there, and its no different in sports. Ware & Miller have to go through and excel at each and every step to go from injured…to Greatest Duo Ever. Ware’s got the talking part done.

    • SayreBedinger

      Maybe give the article a read next time lol