The Denver Broncos have one of the best defensive lines in the NFL. It looks like it could be even better in 2020.
George Chahrouri of PFF joined Broncos Country Tonight to breakdown the recent PFF article ranking the top D-Lines in the NFL. Denver ranked 7th on the list. That might feel low, but there are some question marks that hurt the overall ranking.
The biggest issue (if you can call it that) is Von Miller. Miller had a bit of a down season by his standards. As noted on the show, Miller still had a ton of QB pressures. Chahrouri pointed out Miller’s pressures didn’t result in as many sacks.
The question about Miller’s production comes from his dominance as a pass rusher. Any drop-off is going to raise questions. Being in a new defensive scheme that does not utilize the blitz definitely impacted the outcome. His PFF score dipped below 90 for the first time, and the concern has become that this is Von Miller’s new normal.
2020 will hopefully answer the question about whether or not 2019 was just a blip, or if Miller is actually playing the back 9 of his career.
What could give Miller some help is the addition of a healthy Bradley Chubb. Ben mentioned the double and triple teams that Miller faced because of the loss of Chubb. Malik Reed and Jeremiah Attaochu played well filling in for Chubb, but didn’t draw the same attention that Chubb would when healthy.
Factoring in the return of Chubb, and the addition of Jurrell Casey, Denver should have an improved defensive line. Year two of Vic Fangio’s scheme gives the defense another advantage, too.
And if you haven’t seen Von Miller’s twitter feed recently, go check it out. He looks ready to go.