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Mike Tomlin: Von Miller Is ‘A Scientist’

Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett will have a challenge on his hands on his first NFL start against Von Miller.

That’s according to Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin, who couldn’t praise the Buffalo Bills linebacker enough.

In his first season as a Bill, Miller is tied for second in the NFL with 18 QB pressures. As well as that, he has a 23.1 QB pressure percentage.

Over four games this season, Miller has three sacks. He is 22nd in league history with 118.5 career sacks.


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“He’s Von Miller,” Tomlin grinned. “Some guys are aliens visiting from another planet, you know, and that’s just the reality of it. Man, in the National Football League, you’ve got to respect all these guys — they’re all freaky. But some guys are even freaky in our setting. And he’s just one of those guys.

“He always has been [special] since he came out of [Texas] A&M, moving and changing and running like a corner,” Tomlin said. “He needs no endorsement from me. His resume is his resume. Kudos to Von Miller. Tip of the cap to Von Miller.”


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

“We talk about his talents often,” Tomlin said. “But this guy is a scientist. He works at his craft. He encourages, trains others to do so that are like him. That edge rush summit and things that he’s a critical component of, I’ve got a lot of respect for.”

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