Von Miller Comments on Tom Brady, Broncos Defense vs. Patriots

Joe PantornoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2016

Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller arrives for the first half in an NFL football divisional playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
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The Denver Broncos defense continued its big-game talk on Wednesday toward the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady ahead of their AFC Championship Game tilt on Sunday.

Broncos linebacker Von Miller was asked about Brady's ability to get the ball away in "two seconds" in light of the Patriots' divisional-round victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in which the New England quarterback seemingly received the ball from the center and quickly released it toward the open man in one motion, per Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk:

You said two seconds? Sometimes I only need one.


It’s quick, we’re just going to have to be tight in the secondary and that little window we get, we have to get there. No excuses, we just have to get there, plain and simple.

Miller is a part of a Broncos defense that was best in the NFL during the regular season, allowing the least amount of total passing yards while recording the most sacks.

The linebacker who recorded 11.0 sacks in 2015 was always present in the face of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during the divisional round, per Pro Football Focus:

It's not the first time this week that Brady has been the topic of discussion within the Broncos defense. On Monday, Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith told the Colorado Springs Gazette it "would be an accurate statement" to label Brady as a "crybaby" (h/t ESPN.com).

Another defensive lineman, Malik Jackson, said Tuesday to Pro Football Talk Live that Brady "definitely threw some temper tantrums" while on the field (h/t ESPN.com).

Brady addressed the comments and more Wednesday, per Fox Sports:

The Broncos can talk all they want, but on Sunday, they are facing one of the greatest quarterbacks this game has ever seen on a big stage.

Going after New England's best player in the headlines might not be the best idea, as the Broncos are basically poking a sleeping giant who can seemingly spring to life at any moment and completely dismantle even the best defenses.

And Brady doesn't need any added motivation, as he'll be going up against longtime rival Peyton Manning with a trip to Super Bowl 50 on the line.


Stats courtesy of NFL.com.