Von Miller is ready for Monday night’s home game against the Houston Texans, likely in part to wash clean of the lingering loss to the San Diego Chargers but also to face his former starting quarterback.
Appearing on the “Jim Rome Show” on Thursday, the reigning Super Bowl MVP admitted he’s juiced to be squaring off against Brock Osweiler.
“Whenever you’re playing one of your brothers that’s on another team, it’s a little bit added. It’s a little bit added sauce on there,” Miller said, per 247Sports.com. “It’s nothing bad or anything. I’m just playing against one of the guys I played with for three years. It’s always going to be a little bit of an added level of competition there.”
Osweiler led the Broncos to a 5-2 record in relief of an injured Peyton Manning prior to last year’s run to the Super Bowl. They were his only starts in four years with the team that drafted him in the second round out of Arizona State in 2012, but he parlayed them into $37 million guaranteed.
Miller, who turned a monstrous postseason into the richest contract for a non-quarterback in history, said that he was glad to see his former quarterback get paid, even if it sent Denver searching for its next quarterback in the wake of Manning’s retirement.
“[That signing was] probably one the greatest things that could have happened to Brock,” Miller said. “He’s the No. 1 guy over there. He’s at an organization that loves him, a city that loves him. He has an opportunity to go and create something new for himself.
“I’ve been in that situation. We both went through contract negotiations together, so I’m 100 percent happy and glad and proud for Brock.”
Osweiler has had a rough start to his tenure with the Texans, although it has produced a 4-2 record and sole possession of first place in the AFC South for the time being. The fifth-year player has thrown 8 touchdowns to 8 interceptions, although he did just log his best start yet in a 2-touchdown fourth-quarter comeback win over the Indianapolis Colts.
The Broncos have replaced him with former seventh-round pick Trevor Siemian and first-round rookie Paxton Lynch. The two have combined for 9 touchdowns to 4 interceptions. Denver’s defense — led by Miller’s 7.5 sacks, half a notch off the league lead — ranks fourth in the league in total defense as the Broncos have started 4-2, tied with the Oakland Raiders for first place in the AFC West.