Mike Singletary's on-field resume is impressive. He is a Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker and 10-time Pro Bowler. He won Super Bowl XX with the Chicago Bears. He was even an NFL head coach for a short while with the 49ers.
So when Mike Singletary is asked to rank his top linebackers in the NFL right now, and a Denver Bronco sits atop his list, I sit up and pay attention.
Singletary ranked his top linebackers in the NFL while appearing as a guest on the NFL Network. Here are the results:
NFL Network host Dan Hellie stole the words out my mouth when he said, in response to Miller's slot, "I guess it shouldn't surprise me too much, but I was a little surprised."
Indeed, Miller and the Peyton Manning-led Broncos aren't often recognized for their defensive prowess.
"First of all, (he's a) pass rusher," Singletary responded. "He is a playmaker. He is a guy that you put out there, and you have to account for him everywhere."
Singletary is spot-on here. Miller made it a point of focus to improve his game at all levels in 2013 - I saw him practicing with the secondary during training camp to improve his coverage skills - and it showed. Yet he still remained a huge threat as a pass rusher, grading out at +20 in pass rush by ProFootballFocus.com.
The next-highest-ranked pass rusher from the 4-3 OLB position graded a +6.8.
Singletary went on to compliment Miller's attitude and leadership - a role we wanted Miller to officially step-in to a year ago, before news of his off-field issues surfaced.
"Of course, all of these guys could be No. 1," said Singletary. "But (Miller) is a guy that I really feel is a leader. I feel he's a great player. I feel he has a great attitude. I think he is the total package."