Training Camp Preview: Linebackers Posted Jun 20, 2013 Andrew Mason Independent Analyst A breakdown of the club's roster at the linebacker position
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The strategic reaction to the growing prominence of pass-intensive, three-wide receiver formations and up-tempo offenses has altered the job description of linebacker.
The days of an every-down, middle linebacker anchoring a 4-3 defense are vanishing. Only a unique athlete can handle that role; he must be strong enough to stop the run up the middle, smart enough to make all the calls and checks before the snap and speedy enough to be used in pass coverage as one of two linebackers that remains on the field when the defense goes into its nickel sub package.
"You’d love to have it where that guy was an every-down guy who wouldn’t have to leave the field," said Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio. "But if you don’t have that situation, then fortunately you find a guy like Wesley Woodyard, who filled that role for us last year as the quarterback of the defense on sub downs."
It was Woodyard who eventually wore the helmet with the radio receiver, even though he plays on the weak side, and not at middle linebacker. Woodyard stayed in when the Broncos went to the nickel, and with Von Miller shifting from strong-side linebacker to defense end on nickel downs, the other nickel linebacker came from a changing cast before Del Rio settled on Danny Trevathan and D.J. Williams sharing that role late last year.
With Williams released, Trevathan is the favorite to play beside Woodyard when the Broncos go into the nickel, although others will be in the mix. But middle linebacker remains more muddled. Nate Irving got the first look throughout organized team activities, but Stewart Bradley and Steven Johnson are expected to factor into the competition before training camp ends.
"We have a competitive situation there and we’ll let it sort itself out," said Del Rio. "We don’t want to forecast and get into who may or may not be that guy."
Broncos star Von Miller suspended four games by NFL due to drug policy Posted: 07/23/2013 12:01:00 AM MDT Updated: 07/23/2013 08:34:56 AM MDT By Mike Klis The Denver Post
Better put 'em up, Peyton.
If the Broncos are to get off to a decent start in their Super Bowl-or-bust season of 2013, quarterback Peyton Manning and the offense might have to outscore 'em.
Denver's defense took a serious blow Monday when it was learned the NFL had informed star pass rusher Von Miller he is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy.
Miller has appealed the suspension. George Atallah of the NFL players association stated through twitter that Miller's "case does not involve the Steroids and Related Substances Policy."
That would imply Miller is in violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. The Denver Post has received documentation stating Miller had multiple positive tests for marijuana and an undisclosed amphetamine during his rookie season of 2011. It's unclear whether the league considered those positive tests as one "failed" incident.
Under the NFL's substance-abuse policy, a player cannot be disciplined with a four-game suspension until after he has been placed in "Stage 2" of the intervention program.
Von Miller's ban reportedly not for positive drug test By Marc Sessler Around the League Writer Published: July 27, 2013 at 09:31 a.m. Updated: July 27, 2013 at 02:20 p.m
As Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller prepares to appeal his four-game suspension for violating NFL policy, recent reports suggest his punishment wasn't triggered by a failed drug test.
"He didn't test positive for anything," a person with knowledge of Miller's situation told Lindsay H. Jones of USA Today Sports.
Mike Klis of The Denver Post also reported Friday that Miller, the 2011 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, didn't test positive for performance-enhancing drugs or recreational drugs in 2013, per an NFL source.
There are other ways Miller could have triggered a ban. Skipping a counseling session or test, or repeatedly being tardy for tests all can result in a suspension. Miller has been a part of the NFL's substance-abuse program since testing positive for marijuana in 2011, his rookie campaign.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that Miller's appeal is expected to be heard in mid-August, according to a person informed of the timetable. Miller has expressed confidence in that process from the start, saying Wednesday, "I don't think I let my teammates down."
"I just believe that what he says is right, and what (he) believes is going to happen." Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard told Jones. "I have his back 100 percent, no matter what happens. He seems quite faithful that he's going to beat it, and we're quite faithful he's going to beat it. There must be something to (his confidence). We don't know what it is, but we believe in his confidence."
Broncos SLB Von Miller was cited for speeding and driving with a suspended license last week. This dude just can't stay out of trouble. Already serving a six-game ban for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, he's now been popped for driving without a license twice within the last year. It's obviously nothing serious, but Miller is building a resume of ticking the cops off. Miller was also arrested last month while trying to buy a firearm when a background check revealed he had an outstanding warrant. Roger Goodell isn't going to be thrilled. Sep 11 - 8:41 AM Source: CBS Denver
Commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to add to Von Miller's current six-game suspension. Goodell is notoriously hard on repeat offenders. Although Miller's latest transgressions are of the traffic citation variety, they come while he was already on suspension. He was also arrested in August on a failure to appear warrant. The Broncos need to get this guy a driver. Sep 11 - 11:32 AM Source: ESPN.com