Posted November 11, 2012

Von Miller dominates again, this time against Cam Newton

Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos

Von Miller and Cam Newton won their respective rookie of the year awards in 2011. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Carolina’s first possession Sunday ended when Denver linebacker Von Miller, spying on Cam Newton, rolled the dice and charged Newton as he rolled out of the pocket. Miller’s gamble paid off — he tripped Newton up for a sack, then mimicked Newton’s “Superman” celebration.

It was an ominous sign of things to come for the Panthers.

Miller absolutely terrorized Carolina and its superstar quarterback on Sunday. He finished with six tackles, that early sack and a forced fumble (Carolina retained possession), but the stats fail to tell the whole story. All day, Miller found himself around the ball, playing a huge part in helping the Broncos force two turnovers and sack Newton seven times.

The No. 2 pick in the 2011 draft, taken one spot after Newton, Miller has put together a stellar second season. His sack gave him 10 for the year, and he continues to be the leader of an improving Denver defense.

While J.J. Watt has battled his way into the NFL’s MVP discussion and Chicago’s Charles Tillman has secured a spot in the Defensive Player of the Year race, Miller’s efforts in helping Denver to first place in the AFC West cannot be overlooked.

Last week alone, Miller recorded three sacks and four more QB hits. He also had 25 QB hurries over Denver’s first eight games, a number he certainly added to emphatically on Sunday.

That Denver used Miller to spy on Newton early and throughout the game Sunday gives you some indication just what type of athlete Miller is. He had no problems keeping the physical, athletic Newton in his sights throughout Sunday’s contest.

The Broncos have more or less perfected how to utilize Miller, too, sliding him all over their formations to take advantage of both his pass-rushing and pure tackling abilities.

Newton learned the hard way Sunday just how dominant Miller can be. He’s not the first and won’t be the last quarterback to be taught that lesson.

4 comments
SpeedSkater
SpeedSkater

Got to Give Jack Del Rio credit for the schemes and for helping Miller develop into a more rounded player this year. I particularly enjoy watching him take running backs down in the backfield, and covering TEs.

 

 

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

No position impacts a team more than a franchise QB.  I'm a Broncos fan and happy with Von, but drafting Newton to replace the bleeding, balding vajay known as Jimmy Clausen is a no-brainer. 

 

Newton still has a chance to leave an offensive footprint on the league once he reads defenses and smooths out his mechanics.  Also some defensive help and a #2 WR better than Armanti Edwards/LaFell would speed his development.

RSpreier
RSpreier

I wonder if Carolina wishes they would have taken Miller first!

SteveFowler
SteveFowler

don't forget he leads the league in tackles for a loss!