Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller stirred up some rumors about his future status with the team following their 23-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
A dejected Miller opened up about the frustrations of this season, “We’ve tried everything,” he said. “We’ve tried everything on and off the football field. We’ve tried all different coaches, all different players. I really don’t know what’s going on. If I did, I would be the first to execute whatever plan it is to make everything better. I’m just at a loss for words.”
It’s been a tough go-around this season for the 5-9 Broncos. This year was littered with expectations after the Broncos refreshed their coaching staff and added former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to the mix.
While there have been some high points, a majority of this season has been filled with frustration and shortcomings, especially for Miller. Miller has logged just seven sacks and has been limited in recent weeks by a nagging knee injury.
After winning back-to-back games, things were looking up for the Broncos, but the loss to Kansas City was a clear and obvious wakeup call about the state of the franchise.
“It’s just been all season, not only this season but last season and the season before that,” Miller said. “It’s a gift and a curse to have had so much success like that and experience the Super Bowl and all types of players and all types of games to be where we’re at now. I was born in that age, so that’s what I know.”
“I don’t want to make it seem like I’m not part of the solution because I definitely want to be part of the solution to get us back to the golden days.”
There have been rumors that the Broncos could look to trade Miller this offseason, and there was even the possibility that Miller could request a trade himself. His comments following the Broncos’ latest defeat only added fuel to that fire.
That said, Miller clarified his feelings about the organization and doubled down on his desire to stay in Denver his entire career.
“I’ve said it before in the week,” Miller said. “I’m tied to the Denver Broncos. It’s pro sports, and we all know things can change hearing that, but for me in my mindset, it’s a marriage that I’m not looking forward to divorcing any time soon.”
Despite their struggles, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for the Broncos this season. While 2019 has been difficult, Miller is still optimistic about the future of the franchise, and believes the team is heading in the right direction.
“We are definitely trending forward,” Miller said. “In other years, it was just me being optimistic and hoping, but the reality is that we do have a good team—rally around Drew Lock and Courtland Sutton and who knows what types of players will [get] in the offseason. We’re just one or two players away, one or two plays and one or two games away from being where we need to be.”
Regardless of his struggles this season, Miller is still the face of the franchise moving forward.
Miller, now 30, is entering the latter stage of his career and is craving a return to the spotlight after falling out of it following the Broncos Super Bowl victory.
Miller is committed to turning the Broncos around moving forward and is prepared to be with Denver for the long haul as the team looks to return to championship form.