Rams go all in Super Bowl quest with Von Miller trade

The Los Angeles Rams continue to stack their chips towards their Super Bowl roll. In the offseason, the Rams went out and jump-started their quarterback situation by trading Jared Goff for Matthew Stafford. 

Behind Stafford, the Rams are tied for first place in the NFC West Division with the Arizona Cardinals and playing like a team intent on finishing the season playing in SoFi Stadium where Super Bowl LVI will be held.

The Rams then upped the ante in the Super Bowl sweepstakes by getting ahold of one of the premier edge rushers in the history of the NFL. Let’s see. Von Miller and Aaron Donald are on the same team. 

Now that is a scary thought for any offensive line to go up against. Well, that’s now going to be a reality for opponents of the Rams. A week after shipping linebacker Kenny Young to Denver, the Rams made some real noise ahead of the league’s trade deadline in dealing for the pass rush services of MIller, the MVP of Super Bowl 50

“There was a possibility the last few days that there was a willingness on their part to move him,” Rams head coach Sean McVay said during a Zoom press conference. “This had kind of been for the last couple of days, the possibility of it.

October 6, 2019 © Mark Hammond/News4usonline – Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) looking to create havoc on the Los Angeles Chargers in an AFC West Division matchup played at Dignity Health Sports Park. The Broncos defeated the Chargers, 20-13.

“We kind of got our ducks in a row to figure out how to make it happen and then you have to measure if you feel like what they were looking for and what we were looking for was kind of in alignment. I think (Rams General Manager) Les (Snead) and (Denver Broncos General Manager) George Paton did an outstanding job working collectively to be able to get something done of this magnitude, but also keep it quiet.”

So what kind of player are the Rams getting in Miller, now in his 11th season? Well, for one, the Rams are getting a player who has registered double-digit sack totals seven times in those 11 seasons. Miller is an 8-time Pro Bowler. He’s made the NFL Top 100 list nine times and has been named Defensive Player of the Year twice. 

Miller came into the national spotlight when he and the Broncos put a lid on Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Newton nor the Panthers have been the same since. The question now is what version of Miller are the Rams getting? 

In the 15 games that he played in 2019, MIller only recorded eight sacks, his lowest sack total since 2013 when he played in just nine regular season games. Miller was forced to miss the entire 2020 season because of an ankle injury that required surgery. 

October 6, 2019 © Mark Hammond/News4usonline – Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) puts the clamps on Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon in an AFC West Division matchup played at Dignity Health Sports Park. The Broncos defeated the Chargers, 20-13.

Playing in seven games this season for the Broncos, MIller had picked up 4.5 sacks and recorded 17 tackles. The Rams reportedly gave up second and third-round draft picks from the 2022 NFL for Miller. The addition of Miller gives the Rams a star-studded defensive unit, which includes Donald and cornerback Jalen Ramsey.     

“He’s a complete football player that can really affect and influence an offense in a negative way on all three downs,” McVay said. “You can utilize him in a variety of different ways. I think when you look at he and (OLB) Leonard Floyd on the outside, obviously (DL) Aaron (Donald) inside, the continued maturation of (DL) Sebastian Joseph-Day. (I) thought (DL) Greg Gaines was really good yesterday. (I) thought (DL) A’Shawn Robinson’s playing better.” 

McVay continued, “So, you look at what it takes to be successful defensively and it’s about affecting and influencing the quarterback and this guy does it as well as anybody over the course of his career. We felt like it was a really good thing for our team. I know a lot of players are excited about being able to add (OLB) Von (Miller) to the mix and can’t wait to get him here and get going.”

Featured Image Caption: Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) recorded his 100th career sack against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. Miller also picked up an interception in the Broncos’ 23-22 win at StubHub Center. Photo by Steven Baffo/News4usonline