When Bradley Chubb came into the NFL in 2018, Von Miller took him under his wing and helped coach him up as Chubb transitioned from playing defensive end in college to outside linebacker as a pro. Under Miller’s tutelage, Chubb and his mentor teamed up to combine for 26.5 sacks that season.
Various injuries prevented Chubb and Miller from ever returning to that level of combined production before Miller was traded last fall. But they were a dynamic duo when healthy, and Chubb now wants to help coach up one of the team’s young pass rushers the same way Miller helped him.
Baron Browning played inside linebacker out of necessity for the Denver Broncos last year, but the team’s coaching staff moved him to outside linebacker this spring. Chubb’s not surprised about the position switch because he can see the natural ability Browning has rushing off the edge.
“It’s crazy when it comes to Baron, the natural skills he has for the position — it’s amazing,” Chubb said on June 6. “You’ll see him go out there and he just throws his shoulder down. To him it feels like he’s doing just that, but on film, it looks like the craziest thing ever. We’re trying to keep coaching him up. He’s come over to the house and asked me what I see from his play.”
Fellow pass rusher Randy Gregory has also helped coach up Browning, and it’s clear that the team’s veterans are all-in on the success of the team’s pass rush rotation. More snaps for Browning will ultimately mean fewer snaps for Chubb and Gregory, but that hasn’t stopped them from being team-first players.
“I’m trying to be there for him like Von and those guys were for me when I first came in and first moved to the position,” Chubb said. “It’s been great to see the natural things he has already. Once he starts adding in those little, small details, it’s going be to over with.”
With so much depth at the position (Denver also used a second-round draft pick to select Nik Bonitto) and a team-first mentality, the Broncos should have no problem generating pressure this season.