Pro Football Focus, an advanced NFL statistics website, profiled Broncos linebacker Von Miller today.
The piece breaks down Miller’s strengths and weaknesses as a pass rusher and pinpoints the tackles that Miller victimized the most, and who had the most success blocking the linebacker. It also goes into what last season means for Miller’s future prospects.
It doesn’t take long to read through the third-year player’s weaknesses — there are none listed.
Below is the excerpt from Pro Football Focus’ Ben Stockwell:
The only category that Miller didn’t rank among the league’s Top 20 in terms of pressure rate this season was at getting unblocked pressure, and when you’re talking about Von Miller that’s hardly a surprise
Across his two seasons in the NFL Miller has recorded only 12 unblocked pressures, which is fewer than Aldon Smith (14) and Calvin Pace (13) recorded this season alone. When you dig further into Miller’s unblocked stats you find that he even makes the most of these rare occasions that he can get at the opposing pass rusher without anyone picking him up. Of those 12 unblocked pressures he has recorded, he failed to turn only one of those into a sack or hit of the opposing quarterback, further illustrating why you just can’t leave Miller unaccounted for in your blocking scheme. In his rookie season Miller converted his six unblocked pressures into five hits and one hurry, while this season he converted six into three hits and three sacks. Miller doesn’t get much of his pass rush for “free” but when he does, he makes you pay in full for not picking him up.
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