Von Miller’s pass-rush summit goes virtual

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At a time when plenty of NFL quarterbacks are defying the medical advice of the league and the union to not participate in on-field workouts together before training camp, the guys who get paid to chase them around are heeding the recommendations.

Broncos linebacker Von Miller, the Super Bowl 50 MVP and still one of the finest pass rushers in the league, hosted his annual pass-rush summit on Thursday, in virtual fashion.

Via Lindsey Wisniewski of NBC Sports Northwest, Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux joined the session, which also included Miller, Buccaneers defensive end Shaquil Barrett, Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones, Ravens defensive lineman Calais Campbell, Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb, 49ers defensive lineman Arik Armstread, Colts defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, and Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan.

Others who were expected to participate include Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Bears linebacker Khalil Mack, Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark, Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, and 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa.

Some have questioned whether it makes sense for pass rushers from different teams to share the tricks of the trade, especially since some of the players benefiting from Miller’s summit will potentially become better equipped to chase down and sack Miller’s quarterback, Drew Lock. Last year, offensive linemen conducted their own get together, aimed at helping them do a better job of protecting their quarterbacks.

Regardless, it was wise and prudent for Miller and company to do it via videoconference this year, setting the right kind of example for plenty of people who are influenced by the words and deeds of professional athletes at a delicate and, for many, dangerous time.

12 responses to “Von Miller’s pass-rush summit goes virtual

  1. This is awesome. It helps them ALL become better players and gives them practice in case down the line they want to get into coaching. Win-win.

  2. 1. If each participant learns then isn’t the overall effect neutral?

    2. Do these guys know special techniques that no other DL coaches are aware of? Don’t some retired pass rushers become DL coaches and pass on their tips and tricks?

    3. It’s not like there isn’t tape, and players and coaches can study other star players.

    Look at the Jets with Leonard Williams. Talented but never developed into a pass rusher. Do you think he’d put up 6 more sacks a year if only he went to Von Millers camp? Maybe it would help him and he’d get an extra sack per year. Maybe two. Maybe zero extra sacks.

    Maybe among the elite they can share technique and gain an extra sack or two. Or not.

  3. The very best pass rusher in the NFL was not there —- all of those guys could have learned a lot from Chase Young. But he is keeping his state secrets in Washington.

  4. I agree with the article. Why is he sharing his secrets with others paid to pound his qb? Maybe he’s broke,however, Denver is paying him about $19M a year. Miller was a great player. His best years are behind him.

  5. “Maybe among the elite they can share technique and gain an extra sack or two. Or not.”

    These guys want to learn from their peers, add more pass rushing moves to their arsenal and become better players as a result.

    That’s what the great ones do, they never stop trying to improve. It’s not that hard to understand.

  6. Not sure how good the program is, but 49ers Solomon Thomas has attended it and he is still a rotational player.

  7. The very best pass rusher in the NFL was not there —- all of those guys could have learned a lot from Chase Young. But he is keeping his state secrets in Washington.

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    HOMER post of the day.

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