All of Bronco Nation screamed when Von Miller cleared the corner and got a hand on the football in Cam Newton’s hand. The ensuing diving for the ball – except for Cam – seemed to last forever until finally TJ Ward landed on the ball at the Carolina 4 yard line.
Love this team and how they played all year. Together. Special teams, defense leading the way. The 2-man wrecking crew of DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller.
Speaking of which – don’t underestimate the influence of Ware on Miller. Ware is the consummate professional. He treats people with dignity, he is good with the press, he doesn’t get in trouble, he studies his film, takes care of his body, and the ultimate team guy. And Miller listened (and listens) to him.
The telecast made a big deal about Cam Newton and Von Miller being taken 1-2 in the 2011 draft and both have had their fair share of bad press. Cam and his pouting and ‘me-first’ body language in his early years, Von with his carousing around and suspension. Both have been skewered in the media for their immaturity.
Sunday night revealed how one of them has grown up and the other has a long way to go.
Von after winning MVP – ‘I wish I could cut this all up and give it to my teammates.’ Ware spoke highly of Miller saying how proud he was of his maturation and intensity this post-season. During the stress of Manning v. Osweiler, it was Von who said if 18 is healthy, he’s our QB. If 17 is, he is. It doesn’t matter. We are all Broncos.
Then there was the derailment of the image of Cam Newton last night in the press conference. Instead of tipping the cap to the Broncos defense who just mauled him all night light, he says – ‘they didn’t do anything special.’ Except…well…everything. Denver could have trotted out 10 guys in tutus on offense with that defense and won. They just rocked the #4, #3, and #1 offense in the league.
Instead of answering the questions like Russell Wilson, Manning, Brady – name a quarterback who has lost a Super Bowl – he pouted. He walked out.
For all of those who are justifying his behavior with he wants to win so bad – there were 52 other guys who felt the same way. And they stood at their lockers and answered questions like professionals.
With all of the dabbing, dancing, selfies, celebrations, and self-promoting comes an expectation to at the least be able to take it when the tables are turned.
Meanwhile, Denver’s win was no fluke. It wasn’t luck. It was straight up defense and coaching.
And congrats to them.