Von Miller is one of the best pass rushers in the NFL. So Sunday when Miller tried — and failed — to predict the snap count on multiple plays versus the 49ers, Broncos coach Vance Joseph wasn’t pleased.
Denver went on to lose 20-14 in San Francisco.
“You can’t do it. Watch the ball and get off on the ball,” Joseph said Monday, via ProFootballTalk. “Von’s a gifted pass rusher so he doesn’t have to cheat the count to go. That drive before the half killed us. …
“He can’t do it. He’s a gifted guy, so he can go on a snap and still win his one-on-ones.”
The drive late in the second quarter was littered with penalties from Denver’s defense and helped secure a first-half lead that San Francisco would never relinquish.
Miller drew two flags for neutral zone infractions on second-and-10 and first-and-10, the second of which put the lowly 49ers in the red zone where they scored three snaps later. Three other Broncos also drew flags in San Francisco’s fourth scoring drive of the first half for a total of five penalties in a single drive.
The loss broke Denver’s three-game winning streak that was highlighted by victories over the Chargers and the Steelers. The 6-7 Broncos will close out their season with games against the Browns, Raiders and Chargers.