Orchard Park, New York – There’s a sound in by MillerDuring the big moments. At the end of matches, when his team needs to play and everything is on the line.
Up 3 with 1:25 left in Super Bowl LVI this past February, the Los Angeles Rams defense needed to stop. Throughout the game, Miller—then an outside quarterback—was positioning the Cincinnati Bengals to use his ghost move to dash through passes.
Finally, it’s time to unleash it.
Miller likes to tell himself, “You can do it. You’re a professional. That’s what I was made for.”
“It’s that voice in your head,” Miller said. “I want to do everything I can to put myself in a good place.” “It’s all positive because I did everything I could do to be successful.”
Miller and Defensive Intervention Aaron Donald Combined for four sacks and 11 QB presses in a Super Bowl victory. Miller, who tied Charles Haley with the most career sacks in Super Bowl history (4.5), thrived in the post-season when Los Angeles needed him most — his post-season pass win rate of 41.5% was the highest for a player in Post season. (minimum 30 swipe passes) since ESPN began tracking this metric in 2017.
The Rams wanted Miller back this season, and hearing as Miller describes his time with the Rams is to question why he didn’t do the re-sign. Not only was the field production with Donald worthwhile, Miller said he was rejuvenated in Los Angeles, a city that reflects his bright personality.
“I was playing with one of the best defensive players who ever played in the game [in Donald]”I see myself as one of the best defensive players in the game,” Miller said. “And I was brought there for the purpose of going there and winning the Super Bowl.”
But there’s also the very competitive part of it. When Miller was on the phone on March 16 with his longtime agent, Joby Bragnion of Vanguard Sports, and his father, Von Miller Sr. , to discuss the big decision on joining buffalo bills As a free agent—his first big decision since he decided to go to Texas A&M, they mention him—his father said Von had a chance with the Bills to do something no other player in NFL history had done: play and win three Super Bowls with three different perks. He could also help bring a long-awaited first title to Buffalo, in a team that already has a high defense and franchise centre-back. The Bills take on former Rams Miller in the NFL season opener Thursday (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC).
“I wasn’t satisfied with where I was, I still wanted more,” Miller said. “This organization wants the Super Bowl. It’s a win-win situation and I just want to be part of something special.”
Bills Miller has signed a six-year, $120 million contract with a $51 million guarantee, leading to an uncharacteristic rush in a free agency to find the missing piece that could get them over the hump after failing to hit their target in the last two seasons, losing to Kansas City chiefs twice. The Bills need an elimination match-tested veteran who can lead and deliver plays in time, but they also need a mentor who can lift his teammates – and that’s what they have at Miller.
With so much riding on the duo working for both sides, the pressure on Miller and the organization to finally put this entire season together couldn’t be higher.
Super Bowl It contains a few key ingredients. The Bills took care of the franchise quarterback by crafting Josh Allen In 2018. He is the first quarterback in NFL history to earn at least 100 touchdowns and 30 touchdown touchdowns in his first four seasons.
As General Manager Brandon Bean’s team continued to build, he tried to take care of other areas that were missing, including the offensive line (extension of the Pro Bowl’s left tackle). Dion Dawkins) and the broad receiver nucleus (trading for Pro Bowler Stefon Diggs), but the rush of traffic remained a problem despite the huge investment through the draft.
The Bills used the top draft picks on the scrolling rushers Greg Russo (1st Street, 2021), Eenes too (Route 2, 2020) and Boji Basham (2nd Street, 2021) for the past two years, but a total of nine bags were obtained from the three. And the best passing player last season, Mario Addison (Seven bags), now with Houston Texans. No Bale has finished a season with double-digit sacks since Lorenzo Alexander (12.5) in 2016.
It wasn’t that the Bills were bad at the streak of scrimmage—from 2017-21, Buffalo ranked fifth in rush win rate (47.8%)—it was completing the play that was the problem. During this stretch, the team tied for 20th in Sacks (187) with the Titans.
That was evident as the Bills lost in the playoffs in back-to-back seasons against the Chiefs at Arrowhead, in part due to an inability to put pressure on their quarterback. Patrick Mahomes Consistently when it matters most (called in total 16.7% of throws).
At Miller, the Bills got a player who could influence the outcome of games directly and force teams to hold him accountable. Since 2017, bills are number 22 in fourth-quarter bags (52).
Miller has the most fourth-quarter sacks in the regular season and post-season since 2011 (51).
“He’s one of those people who can finish a match,” defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said. “We’ve had some good pushbacks here and played some good defense, but to be able to have a player in the fourth quarter, when the game is on the line, and who can put in such a big play, that would be huge for us.”
Miller is also the only Bills player to have a Super Bowl episode. He brings a lot of experience into the game, but he has also been a guide for those little rushes in the scroll who are not yet developed.
“I’m an open book and I’m going to impose some classes on them,” Miller said of the younger Bills players. “I’m going to impose on them some of the things I know. It’s just the little things.”
During rehearsals, Miller often explains why and how he makes certain movements and then expands that discussion in meeting rooms. “I once told him I wanted to work from the angle of impulsivity, and I wanted to work on this,” Ebenissa said. “We got into the movie room a few hours later, and he sees I was working on the lunge angle in practice. And he turned around and went, ‘AJ, that was a really good lunge angle.’…Being there then not necessarily to check it out, but to impress, it helps in teaching things also and helps in expressing his opinion.”
Notable previous bills have been pushing for a defender who makes the difference like Miller. Defensive end to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Bruce Smith, who played 19 seasons including 15 with Buffalo, was pounding the table – to GM Brandon Bean, coach Sean McDermott and team owners, Terry and Kim Pegula – to add a dynamic pass -Rusher who can change The outcome of these games is decisive.
“I’ve been saying that for years. For years,” Smith said. “And even in the text string I have with my teammates, Jim Kelly, Thurman [Thomas] And Cornelius Bennett and Daryl Tully and Steve Tasker and a few others, that’s the first thing I remember saying the same thing. We need this guy.”
At 33 years old, Miller still believes he has a lot of production years ahead of him. He relied on speed and explosiveness, not his power, to win in the scrimmage, which should help prolong his career. Among the 21 best bag leaders of all time, 15 years have seen bag production drop from 33 and up. But Chuck Smith, the coach and mentor who has known Miller for nearly a decade, isn’t worried.
“It moves. It moves. It has movements, and they work within the 5-yard area,” Smith said. “He doesn’t have to run to 4.2. He doesn’t have to be strong; he doesn’t have to be the biggest man in the world. The secret to Von Miller is that he has high-performance passing moves.”
For Miller, Bing Picking one of the Bills’ four defensive captains in his first year with the team was a big deal. Despite not being in every OTA or being with the team for that long, he made an impact. “Honestly, people will say what they want to say, but I really appreciate what my teammates say about me when I’m not around, and I appreciate what my opponents say about me when I’m not around,” Miller said. “People I’m against, people I work with, I value their opinion. I care about what they say about me, my career and my legacy.”
Several players have had more than three Super Bowl episodes, and there are two players who have had three episodes of three franchises but haven’t played in all games – linebacker Matt Millen and back Kingon Barner.
Millen said that for him, three episodes with three franchises “doesn’t make sense.” For Miller, being the first is about his legacy, and what people think of when they hear, “von Miller.”
“How he will be remembered and what people say about him, what people say about him when he’s not around, that’s important to him,” said Tony Girrod Eddy, Miller’s longtime friend.
Vaughn’s vision, his foundation that helps low-income students receive eye care, is part of that legacy. So is his son, Valor – Miller’s first child – who was born just over a year ago. But it is important to Miller that his son should be proud of his father when he grows up.
“This is one of the biggest things about me and my retirement,” Miller said. “I just want to get to a point where he can remember.” “I will keep playing until God says the same or God says no or whatever it takes. But in my opinion, if I have my way, I will play to the point where my kids remember I’m playing. They can come to an facility, and they know my teammates and coaches. And then I can finish it.”