Von Miller has seven sacks on the season, which ranks ninth in the NFL for the year. What stats like sacks don’t do is give people a clear picture of how well the player is actually playing or how disruptive that player is in the backfield.
For that kind of analysis, we must turn to Pro Football Focus. Their analysts see a player who is getting double teamed, triple, teamed, chipped, chopped, held and just about any other way the opposing team do to slow him down.
And they’re not succeeding.
The most productive edge rusher in the NFL pic.twitter.com/I9KPfdIuTh— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) October 31, 2017
PFF’s pass rush productivity is a metric for measuring pressure created on a per snap basis. It is weighted toward sacks, but includes all of the other ways a pass rusher can move a quarterback of their spot or hurry them into their progressions.
At 16.1, only The Miami Dolphins Cameron Wake is close at 16.0. No other player is above 14.8 in PFF’s pass rush productivity metric.
The sacks may not be up there in the double digits yet, but Miller is wrecking havoc in the backfield all the same. Those sacks will start piling up at the rate he is going.