The best player on the field during Super Bowl 50 was Von Miller. He absolutely dominated Panthers right tackle Mike Remmers on his way to six tackles, 2.5 sacks, two quarterback hits, a pass defensed, a fumble forced and a Super Bowl MVP trophy.
His defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips, thinks even bigger things are in store for Miller in 2016.
Phillips’ stated goal for Miller of winning Defensive Player of the Year got me thinking: Has any Super Bowl MVP gone out and won the Defensive Player of the Year award in the following season? The answer: no. (Granted, only 10 defensive players have ever been named Super Bowl MVP, so there haven’t been quite as many chances as there have been for offensive players)
In fact, only one player (Ray Lewis) has ever won a DPOY at any time after winning Super Bowl MVP. Lewis was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXV and won Defensive Player of the Year three years later, in 2003. Lewis is also one of two players (along with Harvey Martin of the 1977 Dallas Cowboys) to win Defensive Player of the Year during the same season he later won Super Bowl MVP.
So, Miller has his work cut out for him. If his performance during this upcoming season bears any resemblance to the way he played during the Super Bowl, though, he just might get it done.
Source: CBS Sports / Wade Phillips: Von Miller’s next goal is to win Defensive Player of the Year