Sunday, February 12, 2012
Mea What????? Why Von Miller is Still Overrated
|I remember my first coverage sack....loser|
Reason #1Von Miller still sucks Size: As a 3-4 outside linebacker Miller is grossly undersized. Standing at 6’2 and weighing 237 Miller is too light to play the 7 technique in the NFL.
The number one problem with being undersized is that you wear down during the course of the season. Miller showed that he simply could not stay productive as the season wore on. The statistics back this up.
In the first 10 weeks of Miller registered
Now lets look at the final 7 weeks of his season (including the playoffs)
Making his late season slump even worse was that if you looked at his last 5 games these were his stats.
Wow! Von Miller is as soft as tissue paper and is a mediocre niche specialist at best. Now lets compare him with other rookies who play similar positions and are much heavier in the pants.
First 10 games
Von Miller 47 Tackles, 9.5 Sacks
Jabaal Sheard 31 tackles, 3.5 Sacks
Brooks Reed 27 tackles, 5 sacks
Ryan Kerrigan 44 tackles, 6 sacks
Aldon Smith 15 Tackles, 6.5 Sacks
As you can see Miller got off to a very fast start. The one thing I will give him is that he has some good pass rushing moves and speed off the line. I have never doubted that. The one problem is that he can't sustain that performance with his slight build. Lets take a look at how he compares with the other rookies down the stretch.
Last 7 Games
Von Miller 20 tackles, 3 sacks
Jabaal Sheard 26 tackles, 6 sacks
Brooks Reed 27 tackles, 4.5 sacks
Ryan Kerrigan 26 tackles, 4.5 sacks
Aldon Smith 21tackles, 8.5 sacks
|Aldon Smith > Von Miller|
Reason #2 Von Miller still sucks Productivity: "Although miller was productive in college his numbers are deceiving. In 2009 Miller got 11 of his 16.5 sacks against teams with losing records."
I know, you probably think that I am being too hard on poor Von, I mean he did get 12.5 sacks after all. Does it really matter when these sacks occur in the season? If that is your hangup lets take an even closer look at his sack totals.
I decided to compare Miller's performance against football outsiders rankings of the top offensive lines in the NFL. Here is what I found.
Top 10 pass blocking O-line: 4.5 (in 10 games)= .045 sacks per game
Middle 10 pass blocking O-line: 3 (in 3 games)= 1 sacks per game
Bottom 12 pass blocking O-Line: 5 (in 4 games)= 1.25 sacks per game
Wow! Look at this. Miller averaged under a half a sack a game against top offensive lines. In addition, he racked up sacks against mediocre and bad competition. To give him the benefit of the doubt I will say that he played way more games against good offensive lines, but that doesn't alter the fact that Von Miller chokes against good competition.
|Von Miller had 1 tackle and 0 sacks against the Patriots in two games....yeah I know he sucks|
Against Top 10 Run blocking O-lines: 26 Tackles (7 games)= 3.71 per game
Against Middle 10 Run Blocking O-Lines: 22 tackles (5 games)= 4.4 per game
Against Bottom 12 Run Blocking O-Lines: 19 Tackles (5 games)= 3.8 per game
Although these numbers are not as glaring, a troubling pattern continues to emerge. Miller performs admirably against mediocre and bad competition compared to against good competition. What saves Miller hear is that he got 10 tackles against San Diego who ranks as the 8th best run blocking offensive line. If you take that game out he averages 2.6 tackles per game against top offensive lines.
Bottom Line: "Miller can become a solid situational pass rusher who has the ability to rack of splash plays in bunches. Someone like Tully Banta Cain comes to mind when thinking about Miller’s prospects in the NFL."
This is the one area where I disagree with myself.....I was too nice. The actual bottom line is that I hate this man with all my heart and that he is dreadfully overrated.