With eight sacks on the season already, rookie linebacker Bradley Chubb has been as good as advertised for the Denver Broncos. Paired with perennial Pro Bowler Von Miller — who has nine sacks himself — the Broncos’ relentless pass rush has regained its fearsome reputation.
At 3-6, the Broncos’ season has spiraled out of control, but Chubb understands that, as his career begins, there’s a bigger picture to consider, as well.
“My main goal’s just improving week after week; understanding my role for the team and – whatever that consists of – try and execute that, 100 percent. Wins? I feel if everybody does their jobs, the wins are just going to pile on,” Chubb told Eric Goodman and Les Shapiro of Mile High Sports AM 1340 | FM 104.7.
As a rookie that found himself burdened with high expectations, Chubb “really didn’t know what to expect; I really didn’t know how it was going to end up. Of course, I had goals that I wanted to achieve, but I never knew if they were going to happen. I feel, right now, that I’m on pace to achieve some of my goals, but my main focus now is just doing my job, and trying to add into wins.”
One of those goals is breaking the NFL’s rookie sack record. “Oh, yeah – 14-1/2, by Javon Kearse,” Chubb said. “It’s definitely something I look at; definitely something that was a goal of mine. Definitely something to accomplish, but if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. If it does happens, I’m going to be excited. So it’s not one of those things I’m putting my whole rookie season on.”
Instead, Chubb’s focus is on week-to-week improvement. Learning the NFL game is challenging enough, but doing it as a starter was, at times, almost too much for even Chubb, who’s seeing the game slow down as the season progresses. “I’m kind of new to the coverage and stuff, so I’d be thinking, ‘Oh, I have to drop into coverage here’, or ‘no, it’s a run play’… thinking too much. I’m getting more comfortable and letting the game come to me.”
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