There is very little namaste in Von Miller’s game, now there won’t be any in his training regimen either.
“I’m cutting out the yoga,” Miller said following one of the first Broncos organized team activities of the year. “I’m just trying to be a beast. I’m trying to get away from the Gumby stuff.”
Downward dog has aided the All-Pro linebacker, being able to contort his body in a number of ways to elude and evade the much bigger and less nimble offensive linemen, to down quarterbacks. Miller accounted for 18.5 sacks, third in the National Football League, and was as dynamic a player as you could find on the defensive side of the ball.
The third year linebacker has played a specialized role with Denver, and has been extremely successful due to his innate ability to get in the backfield and cause trouble. But Miller wants to become more traditional, he’s refused to be segmented as player than can only rush off the edge.
Now, it’s just about putting in the time.
“I just want to be more of a technician,” Miller continued, explaining his new position or role. “It really depends on the play. I’ve bull-rushed before. I’ve run around the corner before. I don’t want to rely on my talent, whatever that is. I just want to be a better football player this year. I want to work out, not do the yoga stuff… I just want to get it done.”
Miller will seemingly become harder to block, which is hard to imagine seeing as Pro Football Focus analyzed his game and could not pinpoint any weaknesses.
The two time Pro Bowler, the first Bronco ever to be named twice in their first two seasons in the NFL, will have an updated role due to changes in personnel. More will be asked of Miller, as the now undisputed centerpiece of the defense and overall team leader, and he is ready to round into his new and unfathomable form.
“I don’t want to rely on that. I just want that to be like second nature,” Miller said. “I don’t want to just rely on skill or talent or anything like that. I just want to go out there, I want to play, I want to know what I’m doing and I just want to rely on my skills that God gave me second.”