Broncos, Briefly: Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

“That’s part of my game,” he said after practice Wednesday. “I’ll be a whole lot better this week. … You’re always upset about it, but at the end of the day, I have 97 (career regular-season) sacks. Probably 80 of them came off getting a great jump. Yeah, I jumped offsides, but quarterbacks throw interceptions, too, and you don’t tell them not to throw the ball downfield anymore.

“It’s something I’ve worked on and I guessed wrong. I’m a gambling man and sometimes I gamble big. Sometimes, I win. Sometimes, I don’t. I had been on a great streak of being in-tune with the snap count.”

Miller’s one sack against San Francisco gave him at least a half-sack in eight consecutive games (a personal best) and put him a half-sack behind Simon Fletcher for the regular-season franchise record.

Broncos identity is Von and Chubb (Mike Klis, 9 News)

Miller is going after the franchise’s all-time sack record long held by Simon Fletcher. In 11 seasons from 1985-95, Fletcher had 97.5 sacks. Miller already has 97 sacks with three games remaining in his eighth season.

Chubb is going after the NFL’s all-time rookie sack record of 14.5 that Jevon Kearse set nearly 20 years ago. Chubb has 12.0 sacks with three games to get 3.0 more.

“He has a motor for one,’’ Miller said when asked about Chubb’s qualities that make him special.

“He has a great, long arm. He has a feel for getting to the quarterback and he plays on the right side, too. Playing on the right side is totally different than playing on the left side. On the right side, you’re going against big-time tackles every week, it doesn’t matter what team you’re playing. He’s on the right side, but his ability to come underneath from the outside, with the long arm, over the top underneath is by far his best quality. …

“He runs games like Shaq (O’Neal) and Kobe (Bryant), it’s hard to stop him on the other side. Especially when the slide is away from me and it’s a true two-on-two, or one-on-one over there, he’s unstoppable.”

The Broncos and Keenum have to find a way to blend some of the big plays he had in the first half -- Keenum had 33 completions of 20 or more yards and eight of more than 40 yards in the first eight games -- while eliminating the turnovers that negated the impact of some of those big plays. In the past five games, including Sunday’s loss, the Broncos have 12 completions of at least 20 yards and one of more than 40 yards.

“We’re at that point in the season where we’ve got to make plays, and we’ve got to score points," Keenum said. “… I’ve said that before, and I can’t get caught back there with the ball in my hands. I’ve got to give guys chances down the field. It looks different on different plays, but in general, that’s a good mindset to have. I think being smart with the ball, continuing to be smart with the ball, but giving guys chances when we feel like it’s a good matchup or advantageous time to take a shot or take a chance down the field."

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