The case for … Von Miller as NFL MVP
Von Miller deserves to be NFL MVP because of this Madden commercial. A dozen Von Miller’s dancing in sync is a hypnotizing and glorious thing to watch.
Still not convinced? O.K. fine. I had to think outside the box, as Miller would be the first defensive player to win league MVP since Lawrence Taylor in 1986. Well, Miller should at least be considered for the award if only because the Broncos lost Malik Jackson, Danny Trevathan—two key starters from their dominant Super Bowl defense last year—and are somehow allowing less points per game this season (17.0 compared to 18.5). They have also suffered various injuries to Demarcus Ware, Aqib Talib, Brandon Marshall—hell, even defensive coordinator Wade Phillips—yet they keep winning games. Oh yeah, and their quarterback is some guy named Trevor Siemian.
Miller is far and away the best edge rusher in the NFL, putting up 8.5 sacks through eight games and consistently pressuring opposing quarterbacks, despite facing constant double teams. Miller also weakened the Broncos biggest AFC competition (the Patriots), when Jamie Collins reportedly asked for “Von Miller money” and the team promptly traded him. Plus, he dressed up as Dr. Evil for Halloween, and if that doesn’t make an MVP than I don’t know what does. – Ben Baskin