Denver Broncos star Von Miller is tired of losing. He delivered an emotional speech after the team’s latest loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Denver Broncos have experienced plenty of losing since they won Super Bowl 50, not even four years ago.
Von Miller was the Super Bowl MVP that year, and then got a massive contract from the Broncos as the team’s franchise player. Peyton Manning retired and Miller became the heart and soul of the Broncos from that point on, if he wasn’t already.
Three straight losing seasons after the Broncos narrowly missed the 2016 playoffs at 9-7, Miller is upset. Understandably so.
The Broncos will have at least nine losses for the third straight season. They have lost nine straight games to the Kansas City Chiefs dating back to that Super Bowl season in 2015. Miller seemingly had an epiphany after the loss to Kansas City, which was preceded by two wins in a row for the Broncos.
You can see and hear his emotion in a six-minute post-game media session.
Miller mentioned a couple of times the fact that he’s now 30 years old. The Broncos have had three straight losing seasons and will miss the postseason for the fourth straight year. After winning the Super Bowl, that’s hard to accept as reality.
Miller isn’t racking up sacks this season but he notched his seventh sack of the season against the Chiefs and he’s been one of the most frequently double-teamed defenders in the NFL this season. That should come as no surprise, considering Miller has been without Bradley Chubb most of the year.
Still, Miller has been productive. We haven’t seen the big-time strip-sacks this season and we haven’t seen a ton of Miller dancing out on the field.
The night is always darkest before the dawn, right?
The interesting thing is, the Broncos have more hope now than they have at any other point in the post-Super Bowl era. They finally have a quarterback. Despite losing to the Chiefs in some of the worst game conditions I’ve seen, they were fresh off two straight impressive wins — one at home against a division rival and one on the road against a playoff team.
The Broncos have their most talented QB in place since Manning was around and they have assets to improve the team considerably this offseason.
Miller’s raw emotion after a loss like this — against the Chiefs (again) and a playoff elimination loss — is more than understandable. He’s experienced the highest of heights as a player and mentioned he’s ready to gear up and get back to those winning ways.
Miller is right — he’s 30. The Broncos are fighting hard out there and still coming up short. This team needs to make some changes to the roster this offseason, but it really does feel like the arrow is pointing up.
Does this postgame rant make it seem like Miller wants out of Denver? A little bit. But Miller is not saying anything that’s not valid, and he also said he’s not losing hope. He said that Drew Lock is the future.
It’s just hard to see the future through a ninth-straight loss to the Chiefs and a cloud of giant snowflakes.