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There is no Tebowmania without Von Miller

Von Miller, Ryan McBean AP

Lost in all the Tebowmania last night: A rookie was the MVP of the game.

On any other team, Von Miller’s insane performance would grab the headlines. He’s already a Pro Bowl player and the best player on the Broncos.

Miller is the main reason the Broncos offense can pick up two first downs in 10 drives and still stay close enough for Tim Tebow to do his thing on the last drive.

There is no Tebowmania without Von Miller.

Miller had 10 tackles, four quarterback hits, three tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, and a pass defensed on Thursday night. He did not let the Jets passing game operate, and he was disruptive in the run game.

We’d call this a breakout game, but Miller has been a star from day one. He has 9.5 sacks on the season.  He has been a consistent force and continues to get better.

The Broncos defense started the season out as a terrible group, but they have allowed only 30 points in the last ten quarters. That’s why the Broncos season has turned around, and Miller is the key.

Just give the guy the Defensive Rookie of the Year award now. Aldon Smith has been great, but he’s not nearly as complete as Miller. (He also doesn’t play as much.) J.J. Watt is solid, but not as spectacular. Patrick Peterson may one day be a true shutdown cornerback; Miller is one of the very best pass rushers in football.

Tebow is a great story. Miller is already a great player.

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80 Responses to “There is no Tebowmania without Von Miller”
  1. mataug says: Nov 18, 2011 10:16 AM

    Finally, credit goes where it is due!

  2. benwantsababyruth says: Nov 18, 2011 10:18 AM

    The word “Tebowmania” makes me throw up in my mouth.

  3. mavajo says: Nov 18, 2011 10:18 AM

    “Lost in all the Tebowmania last night: A rookie was the MVP of the game and of the Broncos season is a rookie. MVP of the game, and of the Broncos season is a rookie.”

    Say what?

  4. smartbutlazy says: Nov 18, 2011 10:20 AM

    Lost in all the Tebowmania last night: A rookie was the MVP of the game and of the Broncos season is a rookie. MVP of the game, and of the Broncos season is a rookie.

    3G is at it again. lol.

  5. bspurloc says: Nov 18, 2011 10:20 AM

    he didnt get all the tackles or all the sacks….

    Where was Von Miller before tebowmania?

  6. gallogj says: Nov 18, 2011 10:23 AM

    Does anyone else find it odd that I saw Tim Tebow’s face in my grilled cheese sandwich this morning?

  7. bspurloc says: Nov 18, 2011 10:23 AM

    Von miller got the pick 6 too eh…..

  8. crashdog says: Nov 18, 2011 10:23 AM

    Agreed. Miller is a sick playmaker

  9. gosuhgo says: Nov 18, 2011 10:24 AM

    Von Miller’s glasses kill me.

  10. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Nov 18, 2011 10:24 AM

    Gregg, you are a genius.

    Miller was a beast last night. Combined with Dummerville, this pass rush is going to be incredible for many years to come!

  11. stoogy says: Nov 18, 2011 10:24 AM

    Thank you giving credit were its due. Teebow isnt a good QB. The defense is winning games. Pick six last night was due to pressure applied by the men upfront.

  12. sicklife1 says: Nov 18, 2011 10:25 AM

    I’m not a Jets fan, but he also had two late hits/leading with the helmet hits on Sanchez that should’ve been flagged. Funny how that’s not noted in this story….

  13. sobora says: Nov 18, 2011 10:25 AM

    A true shutdown quarterback? Quarterback, cornerback- same thing, right?

    I shudder at the thought.

  14. turdfurgerson68 says: Nov 18, 2011 10:25 AM

    the ‘real’ Jesus (saviour) in Denver ain’t Tebow…it’s Von Miller!

  15. packfaninthehook says: Nov 18, 2011 10:26 AM

    I don’t think Tebow would disagree at all. Miller has been crazy good.

  16. azr1988 says: Nov 18, 2011 10:26 AM

    I was going to call you out on the terrible English in the first paragraph but you changed it already.

    Still screwed up the last sentence though.

  17. stanmark says: Nov 18, 2011 10:26 AM

    What about Revis for DPOY??? He almost tackled Tebow.

  18. joshborden says: Nov 18, 2011 10:27 AM

    Really, I didn’t know Peterson played quarterback as well. I guess the cardinals thought he would tear it up behind center better than…..what’s his name again…

  19. medtxpack says: Nov 18, 2011 10:27 AM

    How come PFT is the only outlet to recognize this!? Tebow, ya did good and got your team a win, but the consistency award goes to Miller for sure!

  20. cardiovascularendurance says: Nov 18, 2011 10:28 AM

    No doubt. He looked pretty freaking good last night. How did this dude get benched earlier in the season?

  21. jaymx22 says: Nov 18, 2011 10:28 AM

    Von Miller is a Boss Man!

  22. sedcontra97 says: Nov 18, 2011 10:28 AM

    As a Broncos fan, I wanted Dareus. Fortunately the fans don’t make the decisions.

  23. muihtil says: Nov 18, 2011 10:28 AM

    Hate to be “that guy”, but no mention of Kerrigan in your talk about DROY? In my opinion it’s clearly between Miller and Kerrigan right now.

  24. cfmaguire9 says: Nov 18, 2011 10:31 AM

    He sure looked good last night. On that last Jets drive, he absolutely stuck Sanchez. Looked like the Bill Goldberg spear finishing move back in the WCW.

  25. denverhoopdreams says: Nov 18, 2011 10:31 AM

    I think it’s absurd to think Denver is forgetting about what Von Miller is doing.

    The fans love him out here. It’s the media that doesn’t pay attention because it’s a bigger story… but hey, thanks for going out of your way to make it obvious to everyone else.

  26. raiderlyfe510 says: Nov 18, 2011 10:31 AM

    Jets fans I feel your pain. Nothing worse than losing to Tebow. Not only is it game you should have won easily. But iys hard to get over the loss because the media blows it up like he won the SUPERBOWL or something.

  27. Failhorn says: Nov 18, 2011 10:33 AM

    Ryan Kerrigan is been good too.

  28. bbrophy1 says: Nov 18, 2011 10:33 AM

    That sack he had at the end of the game was reminiscent of Reggie White tossing Larry Allen around like a rag doll

  29. jacunn2000 says: Nov 18, 2011 10:34 AM

    True. Von is a Beast.
    If you did not cheer or feel anything other than happiness when this guy scored the game winning touchdown against the most arrogant team (JETS) in the NFL, you have no soul, or are a JETS fan (samething). FUN to watch this guy win.

  30. rabidmike says: Nov 18, 2011 10:35 AM

    It was only lost on the media, most fans acknowledged Miller whether they support Tebow or not.

  31. dezno24 says: Nov 18, 2011 10:36 AM

    Von Miller was a beast last night. Keep playing like that he will get his just due!

  32. sullijo1 says: Nov 18, 2011 10:37 AM

    Funny, on draft day, all the talking heads were berating the Broncos for taking this guy instead of a Defensive Tackle.

    Ummmm…can you all just admit you were wrong and get it over with?

  33. 15gb2 says: Nov 18, 2011 10:39 AM

    ROY? How about DPOY.. he’s a beast, iv watched every game, doesn’t matter if he’s double teemed or not hes in the qbs face every play.. havnt seen a DF player like him for quite some time

  34. kev86 says: Nov 18, 2011 10:40 AM

    Tebowmania ended Jets SB talk once and for all so for that I am grateful.

  35. nflofficeadmin says: Nov 18, 2011 10:40 AM

    Let’s call it V-bow mania. A compromise of sorts.

  36. dwinsgames says: Nov 18, 2011 10:41 AM

    Right on, Greggy. Broncos D scored 7, consistently gave the O field position they didn’t take advantage, held the Jets to 3 after the fumble in Broncos territory. Yet after 55 minutes of putrid play, Tebow makes a couple of good plays and is the hero? And BTW, how the hell do the Jets blitz 8 and not have any containment on Tebow’s left. Worst defensive call ever.

  37. chiefjj says: Nov 18, 2011 10:41 AM

    Let’s not jump to conclusions. He’s a great linebacker for a rookie, but he’s no where near complete. He can be overmatched when it comes to pass coverage. He just looked great last night because Sanchize can’t hit the broad side of a barn.

  38. tigeralum2010 says: Nov 18, 2011 10:43 AM

    Not close at all between kerrigan and miller. Sorry man

  39. daffy87 says: Nov 18, 2011 10:44 AM

    The entire Broncos defense played a heck of a game. And their special teams was pretty solid as well. I don’t know what to say about Tebow. It seemed like they were not wanting him to run the ball much until the fourth quarter. But once they let him off the leash and he just went out and played his style, they scored on a 95 yard drive. He basically is at home playing street ball, and there’s nothing wrong with that. His passing accuracy does need to improve in the long run however. His decision making was actually pretty good last night, but he missed several throws that should have been completed, one even would have been a touchdown to Decker.

  40. blackcatnfl says: Nov 18, 2011 10:45 AM

    Maybe its time we all accept that Tim Tebow makes EVERYONE a better player. He unites, inspires, and creates an atmosphere of champions. Even I have become a better football player just having watched Tim Tebow. Even if Tim Tebow never plays another down for the Denver Broncos, his very effect on the franchise has been enough already for at least 4 Superbowls in the next 10 years.

  41. mmerc10 says: Nov 18, 2011 10:49 AM

    Tebow ran THROUGH D. Revis last night. THOUGH him.
    (I’m doin the Tebow pose)lol
    This guy will continue to win games. He can run on any team at will.

  42. sullijo1 says: Nov 18, 2011 10:52 AM

    Broncos have a very young team and frankly are a below average NFL team…..which makes Tebow going 4-1 even more impressive in my mind.

    Besides Miller, Doom, Champ……maybe Clady on the OL and maybe Decker…..who else starts for the Jets? Some of those might even be a stretch.

  43. jnbnet says: Nov 18, 2011 10:56 AM

    I so wanted the Patriots to draft Von Miller. He would have been a great addition.

  44. drshakedown74 says: Nov 18, 2011 11:02 AM

    No Tebow mania here. Only ones at work today talking ’bout him are the Jesus freaks in the office. The handful of us that know sports thought that was a disgrace of a game (kept flippin to the Presidents Cup), and we aren’t sure why the last 3 D coordinators (Oak, KC, NYJ) still have jobs.

  45. young2rice says: Nov 18, 2011 11:10 AM

    I agree Von should deserves the ROY at this point, but if Aldon Smith got to see as many snaps as Von I would be saying differently

  46. snarkzilla says: Nov 18, 2011 11:10 AM

    Von Miller wasn’t “Lost in all the Tebowmania last night” to anyone who watched the game.

  47. isphet71 says: Nov 18, 2011 11:14 AM

    I would say “Great strategy by the Broncos” but they kind of fell into it – Don’t bother sending anyone to Revis Island. Just don’t bother throwing at all.

    Looks like that works against the Jets as long as you play good D on Sanchez and don’t turn the ball over. What a devastating loss for the Jets.

  48. tacoslinger619 says: Nov 18, 2011 11:15 AM

    I saw 2 personal fouls missed on Miller, refs can’t be blinded by Tebow-mania forever!!!! Flavor of the month is just that.

  49. atwatercrushesokoye says: Nov 18, 2011 11:17 AM

    Von effin Miller is awesome! When asked why he took him Elway said that he remembered how Derrick Thomas used to terrorize him and he wanted the Broncos to have their own version…so far it’s looking pretty good! If you watch all of the wins in this 4-1 streak you’ll notice that Von Miller is just hammering the quarterback play after play. Elway hit a home run here!

  50. nightwalker43 says: Nov 18, 2011 11:20 AM

    Tebow! Tebow! Tebow! Learn to love hit haters!

  51. almighty1 says: Nov 18, 2011 11:20 AM

    Yes, seriously. The Denver offense put up 7 points! And fans wanna call Tebow a winner. They got the other 10 pts from the defense. The worshiping is mind boggling. If Tebow develops into a quality qb then great for him. Until then people should be posting stories about how great Denver’s D has been.

  52. chocolatebaconbutter says: Nov 18, 2011 11:20 AM

    Vonmania! Doesn’t sound as good.

    I love the picture though. Quality work PFT.

  53. trollaikman8 says: Nov 18, 2011 11:24 AM

    Miller did well but it was Jesus (Tebow) that made it all possible.

  54. dcfan4life says: Nov 18, 2011 11:49 AM

    Normally it be hard to credit the Broncos defense here. This is the same Jets passing attack that couldn’t do anything against New England. But this same Denver defense shut down a number of teams recently. Besides Vonn Miller, i think Champ Bailey deserves extra recognition here. He completely shut down Brandon Marshall, Vincent Jackson, Dwayne Bowe and Santonio Holmes in recent weeks. Thats impressive.

  55. belicheckyoself says: Nov 18, 2011 11:50 AM

    One in this article and many in the previous articles so far.

    The refs and no calls had nothing to do with it. NYJ GOT BEAT. Green’s about right when you turtle!
    Ever notice everybody’s always cheating when NY loses something? It’s like 20 million children sobbing away all the time.

    Should’ve just had a coach try to trip him, but instead you got Tebowed!

  56. asdfasdfdasfadsfv23 says: Nov 18, 2011 11:53 AM

    Slower, less accurate version of Vick?

  57. seatownballers says: Nov 18, 2011 11:53 AM

    Im not a denver fan, but this team has talent. Von deserves the rookie of the year award. Cam newton is dope, but von miller is the difference maker that scares qb’s .

  58. 2sloweggroll says: Nov 18, 2011 11:55 AM

    as a Raider fan, this guy (Miller) scares the holy bejedus out of me. Derrick Thomas reincarnated.

    As for Tebow, he keeps it interesting, but the truth is he is wildly innaccurate and his body will not hold up with him rushing th eball 35 times a game

  59. purplekoolaid1 says: Nov 18, 2011 11:56 AM

    It’s funny, just because an athlete is a great guy, wants to be a great guy, loves to be a great guy and wants to be a role model…..he still gets grief for it. And then when an athlete (most of them) are d-bags, people pile on to them as well.

    I hate to bring this up, but I think religion plays a big part in this. If a non-religious athlete was acting the way Tebow is, he would be getting praise from EVERYONE.

    Some people just need to grow up and accept that some people are religious, and some people are not. They are still people and if religion is what makes them better people, then let it be.

  60. kleppnasty says: Nov 18, 2011 11:56 AM

    This isn’t really all that surprising. I think most people had Miller as a top 3 player in this year’s draft. (I had it as Patrick Peterson then Von Miller then everyone else.)
    Denver still needs a DT though b/c any good team that can stop the run (9ers, Stillers, Ravens) or any team that can run up the score (packers, lions) are rooting for denver to succeed b/c they would be an easy win in the post season.

  61. vaphinfan says: Nov 18, 2011 12:00 PM

    Maybe Tebow just motivates the defense to play better because they know he cares and he gives everything he has. Hes not the best qb but when its all said and done his stats will be terrible but he will have a lot more wins than losses.

  62. ron69 says: Nov 18, 2011 12:20 PM

    Let’s start the “Vonmillermania”

  63. bspurloc says: Nov 18, 2011 12:26 PM

    miller had nothing to do with the D scoring 6 points.

    The last drive was 100yards not 95 as the first play of that series was a completed pass in their own End Zone…

    With Orton in there the 2+ interceptions he does loses the game

    defense wins super bowls….
    18-1 GO GIANTS!

  64. atribecalledkevin says: Nov 18, 2011 12:33 PM

    What About Colquitt no ones giving credit. One of the biggest problems for the broncos in past years has been field position now it seems like its there strength

  65. j0esixpack says: Nov 18, 2011 12:53 PM

    This is all true – but it still sounds better to say that Rex Ryan and the Jets got Tebowned!

  66. countsnail says: Nov 18, 2011 12:58 PM

    Dimwitted fans will still manage to vote Tebow into the Pro Bowl and exclude Miller.

  67. sullijo1 says: Nov 18, 2011 1:20 PM

    Ummmm….Tebow does not have 35 rushes in any game, not even close…..the ignorance on this site is humorous.

  68. glac1 says: Nov 18, 2011 1:22 PM

    Saint Tebow! Can you chant MVP…MVP…MVP!

  69. goforgin01 says: Nov 18, 2011 1:23 PM

    5 years from now, VM will be every bit the acronym LT is/was.

    Without the histrionics off the field.

  70. slew55 says: Nov 18, 2011 1:24 PM

    “I trust Tebow no matter how many interceptions he throw…” Von Miller in post game interview

  71. hailskins4life says: Nov 18, 2011 1:39 PM

    The majority of posts on this article are exactly why so many people are sick of Tebow. Here is an article praising someone else for playing a great game (best player on the field last night by far), yet the posts are still about Tebow and him ‘willing’ the D to play better. Unbelievable. You mean Tebow didn’t intercept Sanchez and score himself? Didn’t Tebow have 3 sacks in that game. He made the blocks that allowed the punt return game to consistently get great field position. He broke the tackle in the endzone to avoid the game ending safety. Oh wait, no he didn’t. The Broncos D knows that if they fall behind by 17 points in any game they will get killed (see 45-10 Detroit lions game). Yet they are still holding teams to 13 a game. Give credit where it is due.

  72. whoisedgy says: Nov 18, 2011 1:39 PM

    Tim Tebow lives in Chuck Norris’ beard.

  73. mcconnellrules says: Nov 18, 2011 1:51 PM

    KERRIGAN!!!!

  74. btwicey says: Nov 18, 2011 1:54 PM

    The leagues young class of rushes is in great shape, miller smith jpp watt Just to name a few

  75. Bill Moore says: Nov 18, 2011 4:29 PM

    Tim always gives the whole team props. It’s Team effort, it’s a team game. Tebow says nothing, all he does is play. By the way, do you notice all the love his teamates give him? That says it all. He is not responsible for the hype, stop hating you pathetic sad little people

  76. philrat says: Nov 18, 2011 4:35 PM

    Someone to keep an eye on is Brooks Reed of the Texans. He took Mario Williams’ place in the starting lineup after he got hurt. He has 4 sacks and has put consistent pressure on the quarterback the last few weeks since he has been starting. He’s only 2.5 sacks behind Miller and Smith but hasn’t played nearly as much.

  77. bozosforall says: Nov 18, 2011 5:41 PM

    jnbnet says:
    Nov 18, 2011 10:56 AM
    I so wanted the Patriots to draft Von Miller. He would have been a great addition.

    __
    Wasn’t going to happen. Your coach is a horrible drafter for the most part.

  78. denverdude7 says: Nov 18, 2011 8:04 PM

    The “Son of Crush” defense is born !!!!!!!

    There, I said it first.

  79. denverdude7 says: Nov 18, 2011 8:07 PM

    Divine Intervention 17
    New York Jets 13 FINAL

    How’s that one tasting Rexy???

  80. trey14jewels says: Nov 19, 2011 6:46 PM

    It seems like everyone has forgotten how bad the Broncos sucked at the beginning of the year. Von Miller has been playing all year and the Broncos started out 1-4. They only started winning once they made the switch to Tebow and re-energized the team. That’s why he’s rightfully getting the credit.

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