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Von Miller unfazed about possible fine for hits on Sanchez

Von Miller, Ryan McBean AP

On Thursday night, the Broncos defeated the Jets, thanks in part to a strong defensive effort led by rookie linebacker Von Miller, who regularly harassed New York quarterback Mark Sanchez.

On Friday night, Miller joined NBC SportsTalk to discuss the victory.

But Miller may eventually hear from the league office.  Careful examination of three hits by Miller on Sanchez that seemed to involve the defender’s helmet suggests that, although no flags were thrown, one of the plays likely will trigger a fine.  Specifically, Miller placed the crown of his helmet forcibly into Sanchez’s chest after Sanchez threw a pass to running back Joe McKnight with just under nine minutes remaining in the second quarter.

During his visit to NBC SportsTalk, Miller said he’s not worried about getting fined, ultimately summing up his views on the situation with this gem:  “Shoot first and ask questions later.”

Every Friday, we ask questions, without shooting first, of one to three players or coaches or other NFL figures of interest.  We’ll be back next Friday at 6:00 p.m. ET on VERSUS.

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30 Responses to “Von Miller unfazed about possible fine for hits on Sanchez”
  1. richm2256 says: Nov 18, 2011 10:10 PM

    Since when is it illegal to hit a quarterback in the chest with a helmet????

    What the hell is this league coming to?

    A guy gets a penalty for celebrating/taunting, AND gets a fine? Come on, this is getting ridiculous.

  2. kwalk4780 says: Nov 18, 2011 10:27 PM

    What a stud. Keep doing your thing!

  3. damko12 says: Nov 18, 2011 10:28 PM

    Like a boss

  4. earthtopft says: Nov 18, 2011 10:44 PM

    Shoot them all first and let God-El sort it out.

  5. broncobrewer says: Nov 18, 2011 10:45 PM

    They just need to put flags on the players now bc every good hit is flagged and the players seem to be getting hurt more.

  6. dontrunfromme says: Nov 18, 2011 10:48 PM

    Tebow forgives Von miller. It’s ok now. No fine necessary.

  7. Liga Del Tacos Rosa says: Nov 18, 2011 11:11 PM

    I love Von Miller’s game. He gave the Jets a Dirty Sanchez last night.

  8. elwaysthebomb7 says: Nov 18, 2011 11:14 PM

    he will be one of the top 3 defensive players in the league in 2 years

  9. tilllman40 says: Nov 18, 2011 11:24 PM

    Run out of Tebow, Ryan storys?

  10. bspurloc says: Nov 18, 2011 11:26 PM

    fine him? according to u he single handedly beat the jets.
    he got all the sacks.
    he got the pick 6.
    he lead all blocks on the 100yard final series which started on a catch in the endzone.

    according to you ben rothy has never won a game. troy polamalo won them all
    tony romo won none all sean lee.
    all ravens games are won by ray lewis
    every single giants game in the past was won by Lawrence taylor….
    amazing how many straws people grasp at no matter how dumb they are

  11. nickfalzone10 says: Nov 18, 2011 11:29 PM

    Fines or not, I love the way he plays. He’s not afraid to lower his head and level somebody. Dude is a BEAST!!

  12. proteus914 says: Nov 18, 2011 11:39 PM

    Von Miller is a BEAST!

  13. hanktheking says: Nov 19, 2011 12:44 AM

    Ball so hard Von. Your so cray!

    DROY no questions asked

  14. midwaymonster72 says: Nov 19, 2011 1:11 AM

    Von is a Beast. people think that Tebow is the savior. Tebow does his part but the Defense and Von Miller are the key.

  15. mintberrycrunch1 says: Nov 19, 2011 1:49 AM

    Von Miller is a beast.

  16. kyle407641 says: Nov 19, 2011 2:31 AM

    absolutely absurd!!!!! let’s just put flags on the guys and play flag football ….. and I will be the first person NOT watching! Great game Von… Denver loves you buddy

  17. chowincowan says: Nov 19, 2011 2:53 AM

    Von Miller is an animal

  18. jimmylions says: Nov 19, 2011 3:22 AM

    If he played for Detroit they’d call him the dirtiest player in the league … and we’d love it!

    He’s playing the game the way it was meant to be played – the league is just trying to make contact against the rules.

  19. sshameless says: Nov 19, 2011 3:34 AM

    The videos show Miller’s eyes watching Sanchez throw the ball. Then he takes two steps, puts his helmet down and smashes it into Sanchez’s chest and again in his back on another late hit.

    Miller knew that Sanchez did not have the ball. He was not trying to tackle him. He was intentionally attempting to hurt Sanchez when he was in a vulnerable position w/ his body after the passing motion.

    It was not that Miller could not stop his tackling motion. The video shows him deciding to make the motion to hit Sanchez after the threw the ball.

  20. broncfolife says: Nov 19, 2011 7:09 AM

    “He was not trying to tackle him. He was intentionally attempting to hurt Sanchez”
    ••••••••••••••••••••••••••
    That, or he was trying to scare him to death.
    He did the same to Cassel the week before.
    No Mercy….
    Next up, Rivers….

  21. honolulubluekoolaid says: Nov 19, 2011 8:00 AM

    leave this kid alone, I wish he played for the Lions.
    He is a tough player and will be one of the premier Linebackers in the league for years to come. A true pro bowler the Broncos have there.
    He played Detroit hard, and I love his style of play.
    On that note, that Denver Defense is picking up steam!
    Watch out for the broncos, that defense is becoming good enough to keep the game close enough for tebow to give em a chance.

  22. lilrob10201 says: Nov 19, 2011 11:02 AM

    I got one word to describe Von Miller and that is ”BEAST”

  23. monropoobah says: Nov 19, 2011 12:10 PM

    richm2256 says:
    Nov 18, 2011 10:10 PM
    Since when is it illegal to hit a quarterback in the chest with a helmet????

    ________________________________

    this guys a beast and fun to watch. but it’s illegal to use your helmet to try to injure another player. i’m not wild about the inconsistency in penalty calls and fines. but i like the fact that a player isn’t allowed to be rewarded for a play that’s hurtful and potentially season changing without any purpose. football is fun to watch (except for the moment, for jets fans), but i don’t need the spearing to enjoy it.
    maybe they should create another, parallel league where such things are permitted and let them take steroids! THAT would be something. (not serious, i’m goofing on you)

  24. raideralex99 says: Nov 19, 2011 12:58 PM

    sshameless says:
    Nov 19, 2011 3:34 AM
    The videos show Miller’s eyes watching Sanchez throw the ball. Then he takes two steps, puts his helmet down and smashes it into Sanchez’s chest and again in his back on another late hit.

    Miller knew that Sanchez did not have the ball. He was not trying to tackle him. He was intentionally attempting to hurt Sanchez when he was in a vulnerable position w/ his body after the passing motion.

    It was not that Miller could not stop his tackling motion. The video shows him deciding to make the motion to hit Sanchez after the threw the ball.
    _______________________________________

    He did the same thing to Palmer.
    He should be warned and a bigger fine … that’s 3 QBs he has tried to injured on CHEAP hits. I wonder what the league would be if he finally does injury a QB and puts him on IR.

    If I’m the Lions or any other NFC team I would take the penalty and fined to injury Rodgers and knock him out for the season … right?

  25. f16fighterjet says: Nov 19, 2011 1:00 PM

    Sanchaz probably would have overthrown the ball anyway, but if one of our defenders would have nailed Tebow in the back with his helmet on a crucial 3rd down play and not gotten a flag, you guys would have probably burned down the stadium.

  26. backindasaddle says: Nov 19, 2011 1:25 PM

    It would be a crime to fine him for his hits on Sanchez. They were clean hits and he was doing his job….quite well. No flags were thrown and if the league image consultants decide to fine him now it would be a slap in the face to the very basic fundamentals of the game itself. The league needs to stop the image consultants and lawyers from ruining the game.

  27. koenig61 says: Nov 19, 2011 2:34 PM

    I have no problem with his philosophy of shoot first ask questions later.

    The refs mentality seems to be throw the flag first worry about being correct later.

    How many times are we going to see:

    A. Ref throws a flag and yet upon further review really shouldnt have been thrown, so there is no fine later by Mr. Anderson.

    B. Ref doesnt throw a flag but player is later fined for the same hit?

    The refs are inconsistent because you are asking them to make a split second decision on whether the helmet contact was incidental, or intentional. The same way you are asking a defender to alter his body in a split second after committing to a hit,and the offensive player ducks or moves.

  28. milehigh85 says: Nov 19, 2011 5:57 PM

    If this kid keeps playing that hard… I’ll pay his fines!! Bronco nation comin at ya rivers!!

  29. colleen805 says: Nov 20, 2011 3:25 AM

    He is a dirty player! Cheap shots do not make for great defense! Those of u who think that late hits r ok r just jackasses too!! I hope they fine him and if it was possible suspend his cheap playing ass!!

  30. bspurloc says: Nov 25, 2011 12:11 PM

    .
    spear brady or peyton in the back on a late hit and see what happens

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