One of the things that irks coaches the most (besides missed tackles and assignments) is bulletin board material.
More often than not, when a player spouts off, the opposing team will humble said player.
Such an occurrence happened Thursday night in the Browns/Broncos game.
In the days leading up to the game, Denver linebacker Von Miller took it upon himself to make some noise.
— Mile High Huddle (@MileHighHuddle) October 20, 2021
Taking a look at the Browns offensive tackle situation, Miller vowed that he would “kill” the tackles, whoever they were.
“I will play well in this game. … I’m going to have a great game. … I don’t know who the tackle I’m going against is, but I’mma kill him. I’mma kill him. And the other guy, too, on the other side,” Miller said Tuesday, per tweets from Broncos team reporter Aric DiLalla.
Miller then continued with his prediction.
“It’s on me,” he said, per DiLalla. “I’ve played in all types of games. I’ve performed well in all types of games and I’ve got to play well in this game. I will play well in this game. I’m going to go off. It’s going to be a good game for me.
I don’t want to guarantee a win for my teammates, but I guarantee I’ll have … I don’t want to put the pressure on those guys this time. I’ll put the pressure on me. I’m going to have a great game … I’m going to play well and get a couple of sacks. And if I can do that, then we will win.”
Unfortunately for Miller, he did no such thing.
As Cleveland and the Broncos slugged it out in a low scoring affair, Miller was largely bottled up.
The tackle Miller was going to dominate, Blake Hance, kept up with Miller just fine.
Before leaving the game with a leg injury, Miller had two tackles.
On Friday, the Browns had a little fun at Miller’s expense.
In a tweet released by the team, the caption reads: “Vitals check for a guy named Blake.” The tweet continues with a check mark next to ‘body temp,’ ‘pulse rate,’ ‘breathing rate,’ and ‘blood pressure.’ It ended with, “Status-Still alive!!!”
Vitals check for a guy named Blake:
Body Temp – ✅
Pulse Rate – ✅
Breathing Rate – ✅
Blood Pressure – ✅
Status – Still Alive!!! pic.twitter.com/9CrIGqezx9
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) October 22, 2021
It was Mayfield’s first career absence.
On the bright side, starting left tackle Jedrick Wills returned.
The team hopes right tackle Jack Conklin will return soon as well.
However, in the meantime, some guy named Hance played very well in the 17-14 victory.