Watt deserved defensive award over Miller

February, 2, 2013
2/02/13
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Von Miller's second NFL season was special, no doubt.

The 2011 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year became a complete player in 2012 and established himself as one of the very best defensive players in the league. The future is so bright that Miller could be considered a potential Hall of Famer if he stays on track.

But the fact that he received just one of 50 votes for the 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award is understandable. The winner, Houston’s J.J. Watt, was deserving of the award.

Watt was dominant. He had 20.5 sacks, 24 tackles for loss and 16 tipped passes. Miller was also very good. He had a team-record 18.5 sacks. He was very disruptive and he worked hard to get better against the run and in coverage. It was a brilliant year.

But Watt was just a tad better and he deserved to win the award.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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