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Von Miller named AP Defensive Rookie of the Year

Von Miller AP

The Associated Press announced Saturday that Broncos linebacker Von Miller is the 50-member panel’s winner of the 2011 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

Miller won pretty handily over 49ers linebacker/defensive end Aldon Smith. Miller got 39 votes, Smith 11.

The advantage Miller had over Smith was that Denver’s rookie was an every-down player. Miller played strong-side linebacker on most early downs, and flipped to defensive end in the Broncos’ nickel packages. He finished with 64 tackles, 11.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles.

Smith was a designated pass rusher, playing primarily in San Francisco’s sub-packages. Benefiting from attention commanded by hulking defensive linemen Isaac Sopoaga and Justin Smith, Aldon racked up 14 sacks to lead all rookies.

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28 Responses to “Von Miller named AP Defensive Rookie of the Year”
  1. mjbulls45 says: Feb 4, 2012 6:52 PM

    dennis allen

  2. theseekeroffun says: Feb 4, 2012 6:55 PM

    He deserves it!

  3. captainwisdom8888 says: Feb 4, 2012 6:57 PM

    What a polished, prototype of a LB. It’s scary to think he’s going to get better.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 4, 2012 6:57 PM

    Deserved, although Smith could have gotten it also.

  5. djrando7 says: Feb 4, 2012 7:00 PM

    Congratulations Von. Well deserved award. He will only get better as time goes on.

  6. mistakenny says: Feb 4, 2012 7:01 PM

    They justsaid miller was an all down player and smith played primarily on passing downs yet out did miller in limited action and didnt win !!! SMITH DESERVED TO WIN !!!

  7. cliffordc05 says: Feb 4, 2012 7:11 PM

    Exactly!! When a guy can’t play the run well enough to stay on the field he deserves the defensive rookie award.

    Aldon Smith had a great year. He needs to improve his ability to play the run and learn how to dial for a cab when he needs one.

  8. 4thquartermagic says: Feb 4, 2012 7:12 PM

    Before the thumb injury Miller was a disruptive force that could make a play at any moment.

    His first NFL tackle caused a fumble.

    Elway called him a once in a decade player and he played like it.

    Here’s to many more years of success for this beast.

  9. eaststsfb says: Feb 4, 2012 7:19 PM

    He deserves it. The man’s a beast.
    Congrats, Von.

  10. favresweiner says: Feb 4, 2012 7:51 PM

    Aldon Smith played almost 100 less snaps than Von Miller, yet he still had 2.5 MORE SACKS than Von Miller. Aldon deserved it. There was more hype about Von Miller coming out of college, but Aldon definently outplayed him.

  11. mrlynch33 says: Feb 4, 2012 8:00 PM

    Congrats to Miller….had Aldon not gotten that DUI i bet it would have been him.

  12. bosdober says: Feb 4, 2012 8:05 PM

    Maybe Aldon Smith came off of the field because the 49ers had enough good players to allow it? Maybe it wasn’t that he was bad against the run, but rather that the 49ers had better options against the run whereas the Broncos didn’t?

    Too much is being made of Aldon not playing as many snaps. It’s sad that he’s penalized for playing on the best defense in the NFL.

  13. thestillcity says: Feb 4, 2012 8:30 PM

    Von Miller wouldn’t have been good enough to play three downs on San Francisco’s defense either. He demonstrated major flaws in coverage and pursuit, just like most rookies do. The difference was that Miller had the luxury of playing on a patchwork defense with little talent.

    In three years, when Aldon Smith is still putting up 15-18 sacks a year on a top defensive unit and Von Miller is still doing his best Julian Peterson impression, we’ll all know who this award really should have gone to.

    Hire a driver, Aldon.

  14. marvin49 says: Feb 4, 2012 9:01 PM

    @cliffordc05

    Know what you are talking about before you type dude.

    Aldon Smith has ZERO difficulty stopping the run. He played DE and sometimes even DT in College.

    He only played in obvious passing downs because he is learning to play OLB. His issues aren’t against the run, they are dropping into coverage…and he got much better as the season went on. Including the playoffs, he had 16 sacks and countless pressures as a rookie primarily on passing down and playing little if at all in the first 2 or 3 weeks of the season.

    Von Miller is a good player, but know of what you speak before you say something completely false.

  15. iseek11 says: Feb 4, 2012 9:15 PM

    Stat line…

    Smith–Games 16 Tackles 37 Solo31 FF 2 Sacks14
    Miller–Games 15 Tackles 64 Solo 50 FF 2 Sacks 11.5

    Miller played 1 fewer game, was injured, still had 11.5 sacks, had almost double the tackles, played every down.

    Miller hands down RoY. Voting shows it.

  16. iseek11 says: Feb 4, 2012 9:23 PM

    Clifford, if Smith didn’t have trouble with run, but learning coverage, why was he pulled on running downs only?

    Can’t cover. Can’t stop the run. Can rush the qb like a demon when others are double teamed. Smith is a one trick pony. He does have a mean spin move and stunt though.

  17. hail74 says: Feb 4, 2012 9:36 PM

    Kerrigan had 1 less tackle than von and only 7.5 sacks but had 5 pass def and 1 pick 6 to zero and zeroonly for von and as many forced fumbles as von and smith combined

  18. Spencer says: Feb 4, 2012 9:46 PM

    Well deserved, I enjoyed watching him this year.

  19. skinsrock says: Feb 4, 2012 10:00 PM

    hail74 says:
    Feb 4, 2012 9:36 PM
    Kerrigan had 1 less tackle than von and only 7.5 sacks but had 5 pass def and 1 pick 6 to zero and zeroonly for von and as many forced fumbles as von and smith combined
    ______________________

    Sacks are like home runs… compared to singles & doubles… Skins fan through & through, but he would of been 3rd in my book.

  20. thestillcity says: Feb 4, 2012 10:22 PM

    In my job, if I take twice as much time as the other guy, and proceed to get less work done, the other dude gets promoted.

    Obviously, the same logic isn’t applied here.

  21. danglybanging says: Feb 5, 2012 1:04 AM

    If I do my job one handed and get more work done than the other guy.

    Plus I don’t get a DUI after work, I get promoted.

    Sounds like pretty good logic to me.

  22. trubroncfan07 says: Feb 5, 2012 2:40 AM

    Props to everyone on here giving thumbs up to Von and thumbs down to the haters. I expected to come on here and read a bunch of people hating on Von. Aldon had a great season, but Von was a more complete player and had the better overall season.

  23. trubroncfan07 says: Feb 5, 2012 2:44 AM

    49ers D has been great before with out Alden. Take Von off the Broncos and this D and this team is drafting in the top five again.

  24. superbeast1369 says: Feb 5, 2012 8:20 AM

    skinsrock says:
    Sacks are like home runs… compared to singles & doubles… Skins fan through & through, but he would of been 3rd in my book.
    _____________________________
    So, is a pick 6 lick a grand slam? We all know the reason why Kerrigan didn’t get a sniff.

  25. fittytuckin says: Feb 5, 2012 8:21 AM

    Every down player > situational player

  26. ninerdynasty says: Feb 6, 2012 11:09 AM

    iseek11 says: Feb 4, 2012 9:15 PM

    Stat line…

    Smith–Games 16 Tackles 37 Solo31 FF 2 Sacks14
    Miller–Games 15 Tackles 64 Solo 50 FF 2 Sacks 11.5
    ————————————————-

    Your comment is laughable because you obviously don’t know what you’re talking about. IF you’re going to count how many games each player played why dont you count snaps too? here, i’ll help you out:

    Aldon Smith
    Total Snaps: 446
    Run Defense: 100
    Pass Rush: 309
    Pass Coverage: 37

    Total Tackles: 31
    Sacks: 13
    QB Hits: 12
    QB Pressures: 30
    Forced Fumbles: 2
    ——————————–
    Von Miller
    Total Snaps: 823
    Run Defense: 353
    Pass Rush: 365
    Pass Coverage: 105

    Total Tackles: 63
    Sacks: 11.5
    QB Hits: 19
    QB Pressures: 28
    Forced Fumbles: 3

  27. azwildcats96 says: Feb 6, 2012 1:05 PM

    @ninerdynasty

    You don’t get to sack the QB on run plays. So according to your own stats, Smith only pass rushed 56 less plays than Miller and Miller had to drop back in pass coverage (meaning he had no chance to sack the QB) 68 more times than Smith. YOUR OWN STATS prove why Von Miller won the award.

  28. briank1ne says: Feb 6, 2012 2:25 PM

    The arguement of a situational player is bs. If aldon had played for the broncos he would have played every down and prob gotten the rookiealltime record for most sacks. This just doesnt make sense. Less plays. More sacks. No award. No respect for the niners. Still. Unfinished business in 2012. Lames.

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