The Denver Broncos have put together the NFL‘s best pass rush that has a league leading 35 sacks while putting constant pressure on opposing QBs. Led by LB Von Miller, who has 13 of those sacks, this is becoming a complete unit that will allow the Broncos to go far in the playoffs.
This past week, Miller recorded three sacks, six tackles and two forced fumbles against the reeling San Diego Chargers to become the third Bronco to win an AFC Defensive Player of the Week Award in 2012. The other two were CB Tracy Porter in week one and fellow LB Wesley Woodyard in week eight.
It is difficult to believe that this is only Miller’s second time collecting the award: the first being last year. If Miller continues on this pace, there is no reason for him not to be able to win Defensive Player of the Year honors while putting together one of the best seasons of any linebacker in recent memory.
I have a feeling that this will be the beginning of many weekly and yearly awards for Miller. Last year, he edged out San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith for Defensive Rookie of the Year even though Miller had less sacks. The league recognized then, as they are recognizing now, all that Miller brings to his Broncos team week in and week out.
As the strong-side LB, Miller contributes against the run as well as rushing the QB and has recorded more tackles for losses than any other player in the NFL over the past two seasons. His speed and agility allow him to make complete fools of opposing ends that are asked to disrupt him, and rarely do. DE J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans and Smith are excellent pass rushers, but that is about all they do.
Miller is a more complete player that offensive lines and RBs have not been able to contain, and that poses a huge problem for AFC teams heading into the stretch. This weekly award has finally showed that the NFL is paying attention. And to think that many believe that Miller will only get better in the coming years.
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