Von Miller eager to rush the QB with his mentor

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm •  Published: March 15, 2014
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DENVER (AP) — Von Miller used to text, call and visit his mentor for pointers on pass rushing.

Now, his teacher is his newest teammate.

Yeah, it's safe to say the Denver Broncos hybrid linebacker is a big fan of bringing DeMarcus Ware on board.

After all, Miller's own pass rush moves are inspired by watching Ware terrorize quarterbacks for the Dallas Cowboys, where he had a franchise-record 117 sacks before being released. He can't wait to listen to Ware's suggestions on the field rather than over the phone.

Well, once Miller's ACL is back to full strength. Miller is currently working out in a pool, but hopes to soon be cleared for some light jogging and bike work.

Then, it's back to learning under Ware.

"This is great, seeing a guy that I molded my game after," Miller said Saturday as he took part in a program through his foundation to help identify kids in need of eye care. "Just to be able to pick his brain or how he gets ready for games, how he practices, how he stays consistent — this is big."

The Broncos have been on quite a defensive spending spree in free agency, bringing in the 31-year-old Ware, cornerback Aqib Talib and safety T.J. Ward at a cost of $110 million ($60 million guaranteed).

Of course, being on that side of the ball, Miller gave the moves a whole-hearted endorsement. It's also not a shock the Broncos are concentrating on defense after a 43-8 loss to Seattle in the Super Bowl.

"We had great guys before, but the guys we have now are big-time players," said Miller, who turns 25 on March 26. "This is a huge upgrade. We have guys coming off injuries and when you get a guy like Talib and Ward and Ware, it will solidify the whole defense."

Miller is coming off a rough season, one in which began with a six-game drug suspension and ended with a torn ACL on Dec. 22. Ware believes he can help get the 2011 rookie of the year on track. They already have a strong bond.