COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Yes, it's the first week of the regular season, which means you can take weekly conference call declarations from opposing players with a grain of salt.
They're usually filled with glowing remarks pumping up an opponent and devoid of bulletin board material.
So, not surprisingly, in a conversation with Los Angeles-area reporters on Wednesday, Denver Broncos talented edge rusher Von Miller didn't mince words when discussing this week's opponent, the Los Angeles Chargers.
"I feel like this Chargers' team is probably the most talented Chargers' team that I've played against in my time in the league," said Miller, entering his seventh season with the Broncos. "You've got Keenan Allen. The tight end (Hunter) Henry is coming along and you've got Antonio Gates.
"You've got two great running backs (Melvin Gordon and Branden Oliver). A solid offensive line with Russell Okung and Joe Barksdale -- (Travis) Benjamin -- All those guys over there are very talented."
Miller said it starts with quarterback Philip Rivers, who he called a top-three quarterback in the league.
"Sometimes he doesn't even need an offensive line, he can just get the ball and throw it," Miller said. "We're going to have our hands full with this L.A. Chargers' team. It should be a good one."
While Miller gushed over the Bolts, the reality is the Chargers haven't won in Denver since 2013, a 27-20 victory in a Thursday night contest on Dec. 12. The Chargers were effective running the ball that game, led by Ryan Mathews' 127 rushing yards.
Miller and the rest of Denver's offense could see a similar approach with new Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn, who led the No. 1-ranked rushing offense during his time with the Buffalo Bills last year.
However, like Miller, new Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said it all starts with Rivers. Joseph should know, as he served as the defensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins in that team's 31-24, come-from-behind victory over the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium last year.
"Schematically you have to be on point, because if not he will expose you," Joseph said about Rivers. "You can't give Philip the same look over and over because again, he will expose you.
"So the challenge is to give Philip different looks so we can keep him guessing so he won't cut us up."
Joseph said even though he's hired Mike McCoy as his offensive coordinator, he did not ask the former Chargers head coach anything about his previous team, and is instead focused on game planning with defensive coordinator Joe Woods.
"I'm assuming some things are going to change," Joseph said. "And when you have too much information from a previous regime, you can almost begin to start guessing. I don't want our guys to guess. I want them to read their keys and play hard."