There's one football game left to be played in the 2017 season, but Von Miller has turned his attention to how he can improve in 2018 — and get the Broncos back to the playoffs in the process.
"[We're] one or two pieces away, but I've got to get more than 10 sacks," Miller told Orange and Blue 760, which is broadcasting live from Minneapolis. "I've got to get more than 10 sacks, Shane [Ray]'s got to get more than one sack. Shaq [Barrett] has to get more than five sacks.
"I'm a 20-sack guy. That's what the city believes in me to be, and that's what I believe myself to be. If I can get going, I can help the offense out a lot [more]. I think I only had two forced fumbles. I'm a six-plus forced fumble guy. I didn't get that done."
Miller also emphasized Wednesday the need for self-evaluation before the defense looks at the offense to improve.
"Before we start pointing fingers at the quarterback position and 'offense this' and 'offense that,' me personally, I have to do a better job," Miller said. "If I can do a better job, everything else will be a whole lot smoother."
On the heels of his sixth season with at least 10 sacks, Miller sees a path back to the postseason. But in addition to his own play improving, he knows he must lead the younger players to more-productive performances.
"We really have to hit on these draft picks," Miller said, "and the draft picks that we already have — I've got to do a better job getting those rookies, second-year guys going. If we can do that, the team will be totally different."