Broncos' Miller gears up for pass-rushing match-up against Raiders' Carr

Broncos pass-rushing linebacker Von Miller looking for quickest path to get to Raiders' Carr

Playing against Raiders quarterback Derek Carr can be a frustrating experience for opposing pass rushers, even one as accomplished as linebacker Von Miller of the Denver Broncos.

Carr happens to play behind one of the games best offensive lines, including tackles Donald Penn and Kolton Miller, and he has one of the quickest pass releases in the game, allowing him to get the pass off a step ahead of the rush most of the time.

The Raiders meet their fellow AFC West foe on Sunday in Denver in a continuation of one of the NFLs most storied rivalries.

Hes not going to give you a chance to rush the passer, said Miller, who began the season by racking up three sacks of Russell Wilson in last weeks 27-24 win over the Seahawks. The average time to throw the ball last year was 2.5 seconds. They had Derek throwing it in 2.2 seconds on Monday. Hes going to get the ball out very quick and hes very accurate with his throws. They have a great offensive line, a great running back and great coaches over there. Pretty tough team that were going up against. We know that the ant pile is going to be stirred up a little bit, with the game they played the other day. Its going to be tough one, but were looking forward to it.

Despite his ability to quickly and accurately deliver the pass, Carr is coming off a lackluster outing in which threw for 302 yards but had no touchdowns and was intercepted three times, including once in the end zone in a 33-13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

There were a few plays that uncharacteristically, he wasnt at his best, said Raiders coach Jon Gruden. Its just disappointing, but I think knowing how good Derek is, it gives us hope that we can get it all solved.

Miller said he expects nothing less than to see Carr at his best on Sunday but he has a strategy in mind for limiting the damage as the Raiders quarterback seeks to rebound from his slow start.

Try to get them third and long, Miller said. At third and long, youve got to take your time and throw the ball anyways. If youre throwing the ball quick on third and long, weve got great corners. Weve just got to let those guys spread. Three and outs happen when you throw the ball quick and dont just want an incomplete ball. Weve just got to get our hands up and hopefully hell hold it. Rush like hes going to hold the ball.

For their part, the Raiders wont be able to focus entirely on the pass rushing charges of Miller, who is complemented on the other side by fellow edge rusher Bradley Chubb, the Broncos' top draft pick who had half a sack on the games first play last week.

The presence, the threat of Chubb is a problem in your pass protection, Gruden said. Because you dont want to isolate the wrong guy, potentially, against Chubb. We know what kind of future he has, and you always have to be careful with Miller. This is as good a defense as there is in football, I believe.

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