The Buffalo Bills finished 2021 as the most efficient defense in the NFL.
While Josh Allen’s impressive play at quarterback dominated national storylines, their success wouldn’t have been possible without tremendous performances from the defensive side of the ball.
Now, they’re aiming to continue such dominance by bolstering the team’s pass rush with none other than Von Miller himself. And the effects are already being felt.
The two-time Super Bowl champion could be altering the Bills’ defensive plans this season. In fact, he’s expected to break one of Buffalo’s long-standing defensive rules.
Bills’ beat legend Sal Capaccio joined The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday to discuss multiple training camp storylines and briefly touched on Miller’s impact on the team.
“The question isn’t going to be in camp, (where he is doing everything),” said Capaccio on the show. “The question will be, will he be the exception to the rule? – and I think he will – the Bills generally do not have a defensive line play more than 65% of snaps throughout the whole season.”
To Sal’s point, the last time the Bills had a defensive lineman exceed 60% of the snaps was in 2019 (Trent Murphy and Jerry Hughes). Now, however, they have significantly more depth.
But this is two-time Super Bowl champion, Von Miller.
“You gotta get this damn guy on the field, right?” asked Capaccio. “Ï know he’s 33. He’s not there necessarily to be an every-down player. […] He’s there to be the closer, he’s there to be in critical situations. He’s there to make sure they have him ready to go when it comes to crunch time and maybe they have to get to Patrick Mahomes with 13 seconds left.”
Perhaps Bills Mafia is ready to move on from that painful loss in the Divisional Round. But at the end of the day, 2022 will be about just that. Beating the Chiefs again. Or any other team out of plenty of AFC killers.
You can check out the rest of Capaccio’s appearance on Pat’s show below.
Featured image via Jamie Germano / USA TODAY NETWORK