Every great defensive player or unit needs a nickname, and if you can’t come up with something original, just borrow somebody else’s. At least that’s what Broncos linebacker Von Miller did, describing the pass-rush tandem of himself and DeMarcus Ware as the “Splash Brothers,” the moniker for Golden State Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson of the NBA.
Miller drew the comparison of him and Ware to the 2015 NBA Champions and 2016 runners-up while speaking to NFL Network’s James Palmer, adding that offenses “can’t double team all of them.” That’s certainly been proven true over the past year, with a victory in the Super Bowl to prove it.
But if Miller and Ware are the Splash Brothers, who plays the part of Kevin Durant, the seven-time NBA All-Star who signed with the Warriors during free agency? That would be none other than defensive end Derek Wolfe, says Miller.
That’s where we have to draw the line on this whole comparison. Nothing against Wolfe, who is an important piece of the Denver’s outstanding defense, but Durant is one of the best players in all of basketball. You can’t go there.
In truth, Miller, Ware and company probably warrant their own nickname. The duo has combined for 29.5 sacks in the regular season and playoffs since 2015 alone, and were reasons No. 1 and 1A why the Broncos were able to hoist the Lombardi Trophy this past February. Somebody should probably get to work on that, because as much of a sack artist as Miller is, he’s a little lacking for originality.