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Mike Tomlin on what makes Bills LB Von Miller special: ‘Some guys are aliens visiting from another planet’

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Mike Tomlin confirmed Tuesday that Kenny Pickett will lead the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback.

Tomlin also confirmed that one of the Buffalo Bills who will try to track down their rookie signalman on Sunday is not from this planet.

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When asked Tuesday what was so special about von Miller that allowed him to thrive despite his age and past injuries, Tomlin smiled before praising his intergalactic talent.

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“That’s Von Miller,” Tomlin chuckled. “Some guys are aliens from another planet, and that’s the reality. Man, in the National Football League, you have to respect all these guys – they’re all freaky. even bizarre in our conditions. And he’s just one of those guys.”

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The Millers Bills (3-1) take on the Tomlin Steelers (1-3) on Sunday, and Pickett makes his first NFL start.

Miller will certainly focus on making the opening of the first round difficult.

In his first season with Buffalo, Miller got off to a sensational start as his 18 quarterback pressing ties tied for second in the league, according to Next Gen Stats, and he boasted a 23.1 quarterback pressing percentage. At the moment, in four starts, he has collected three bags.

What’s most impressive is that Miller is doing it at 33 and two years before the ankle injury that decimated him the entire 2020 season.

Selected with the second overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, Miller, whose 118.5 career sacks officially ranks 22nd overall, has been an incredible talent for more than a decade.

“He has always been [special] since he left [Texas] A&M moving and changing and running like a corner,” Tomlin said. He doesn’t need my approval. His resume is his resume. Kudos to von Miller. Von Miller’s hint.

That resume boasts Super Bowl wins with the Broncos and Los Angeles Rams last season alone, as well as eight Pro Bowl picks and three All-Pro nods.

Tomlin coached Miller in one such Pro Bowl when he captained the AFC team to end the 2017 season. Miller made three tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery, two quarterback hits and a defensive pass. He was named the Pro Bowl Defensive Most Valuable Player following his dominance.

“I spent a week with him in Orlando when we coached the Pro Bowl, and just to see the professional and scientific approach he takes to his craft, even in this setting, this guy was the reason we won that Pro Bowl game. Tomlin said. “I know we don’t spend a lot of time discussing the results of Pro Bowl games, but von Miler took over that Pro Bowl game and gave us all the quality checks, man. And we appreciate his efforts.”

While Miller’s physical prowess was something to be admired, Tomlin pointed to the pass rusher’s mind as much as any of his qualities. Miller, who has long been praised for his leadership qualities and ability to mentor younger teammates, has also hosted the Von Miller Pass Rush Summit for the past six years. He was both a student of the game and a teacher.

“We often talk about his talents,” Tomlin said. “But this guy is a scientist. He is working on his craft. He encourages, trains others to do the same as himself. I have a lot of respect for this pinnacle of the dash and the things he plays an important role in. “


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