Deep in John Fox’s head-coaching past, there were moments when he allowed his top pass rusher to line up on offense, as he did in Carolina for Julius Peppers in 2004.
And last year, the Broncos let defensive tackle Mitch Unrein line up at fullback — and promptly catch a touchdown pass, living out the dream many defensive players hold deep in their hearts.
So there’s precedent for giving Von Miller a shot on offense, an idea the third-year player threw out to the media last week.
But there’s no envy in Miller’s heart that Unrein got the big chance to grab a pass from Peyton Manning first during the win over Tampa Bay last December — mainly because Unrein had the pressure that set up Miller for a touchdown off an interception return that same day.
“Mitch was a catalyst to me getting my first interception. I wasn’t like, ‘Aw man, that should’ve been me,’” Miller said. “People don’t credit Mitch for my interception, because I think that was really his first sack of the season, but (Tampa Bay quarterback) Josh (Freeman) threw it to me. So I feel pretty good for Mitch.”
Nevertheless, Miller would love that chance in the future.
“I want to get my conditioning up so I can play offense, too,” he said with a chuckle. “Whatever they give me the ball at. I’ll block first. I’ll play a little bit of receiver, tight end. I feel like it’s the same way on defense — whatever they want me to do, I’ll do it. I’ll try to get it done.”
There’s only one thing on offense he can’t do.
“I can’t throw at all,” he said, laughing.