Will Von Miller lose Defensive Rookie of the Year?

Miller's production has slipped after injury
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Miller, the No. 2 overall draft pick, needs three sacks Sunday at Kansas City to tie Jevon Kearse’s rookie record of 14.5 sacks, set in 1998. San Francisco’s Aldon Smith, the No. 7 overall draft pick, has 14 sacks. He has 6.5 sacks since Miller’s injury. It will be interesting to see who wins the NFL defensive rookie of the year award. Miller has been on the field more than Smith and has he had a bigger impact throughout the year, but Smith’s sacks numbers may be difficult to deny even though Miller has 29 more tackles than Smith.

Williamson raises a fair point that wouldn't have been even remotely possible three weeks ago.  As we know, and as John Elway confirmed this morning, Miller's hand injury has affected his sack totals.  But do sack numbers mean more than overall production?  Let's just quickly throw down the lines of both players"

Name Team  Snaps  QB Sacks  QB Hits  QB Pressures  Tackles  Assists  Stops 
 Aldon Smith SF 446 14 12 30 12 2 22
 Von Miller DEN 873 11.5 19 28 41 8 41

I could have easily turned all of these into rate stats (sacks/snap, etc.), but they would essentially show the same thing: Aldon Smith has been more productive as a pass rusher, while Miller has been more productive overall. We're clearly biased here at IAOFM. We think Miller is the next Derrick Thomas, but with the chops to also play the running game. Does that mean he's Defensive Rookie of the Year?  In our minds, it certainly does.

I’m glad we had this talk.  Now, vaya con Dios, Brah.

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