Steelers prep for another meeting with 'alien' Von Miller – TribLIVE

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If Mike Tomlin is overly complimentary to Von Miller, it’s in part because Tomlin feels indebted to him.
How much so? About $32,000 worth.
“The guy (Miller) was the reason that we won that Pro Bowl game,” Tomlin said this week, referencing the 2018 NFL All-star game where Tomlin coached the AFC team. “I know we don’t spend a lot of time talking about the outcomes of Pro Bowl games, but Von Miller took over that Pro Bowl game and gave us all quality checks. And we appreciate his efforts.”
Players and coaches on the winning Pro Bowl team that year received $64,000; the losers each got $32,000. But the extra cash isn’t all that Tomlin came away from Orlando that week in regards to Miller, who now plays for the Steelers’ Sunday opponent, the Buffalo Bills.
“Just to see the professional and scientific approach that he takes to his craft,” Tomlin said of Miller, “even in a setting like (the Pro Bowl).
“We talk about his talents often, but this guy’s a scientist. He works at his craft. He encourages and trains others to do so that are like him. … I’ve got a lot of respect for him.”
Now 33 years old, Miller has three sacks over his first four games with this third team, Buffalo. He’s one of many problems the Steelers have to mitigate if they have a chance of winning Sunday.
Miller has 118 ½ sacks in 154 career games, the vast majority of which for the Denver Broncos from being selected No. 2 overall in 2011 until November of last season.
“Some guys are aliens visiting from another planet, and that’s just the reality of it,” Tomlin said. “In the National Football League, you’ve got to respect all these guys, right? They’re all freaky — but some guys are even freaky in our setting. He’s just one of those guys. He always has been since he came out of A&M moving and changing and running like a corner. He needs no endorsement from me; his resume is his resume. Kudos to Von Miller. Tip of the cap to Von Miller.”
Who does T.J. Watt watch perform his craft as an edge rusher?
Big Bro J.J. and Von Miller
— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) October 8, 2021

Counting two postseason meetings, Miller has four sacks in six career games against the Steelers.
One of the Steelers’ starting edge defenders Sunday will be Malik Reed, who was a teammate and position mate of Miller’s in Denver the previous three seasons. Reed said Miller is “an even better person” than he is a player, the type who guided rookies and took younger players under his wing.
“There are some things he could do on the field that not many people could do,” Reed said. “But in addition to doing those things, it’s how much football he knows. He has gained so much knowledge over the years, this being his 12th year right now, so just things that he picked up from offensive linemen and tips, how to get off the ball better, where the tight ends’ hands are when they come off the ball and how you can beat him really quick and stuff like that. The nuances of the game, I feel like is what took him over the top from being just a great athlete to an all-time player is how he understood the game.”
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Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .
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