Mr. Von Miller goes to LA: 7 reasons to love him on LA Rams roster

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If you build it, he will come,” is one of the most famous and recognizable lines from any movie of modern times. This misquoted line is spoken by Ray Kinsella, played by Kevin Costner, in the film Field of Dreams, directed by Phil Alden Robinson (1989).

And yet, does it apply to the LA Rams, who are now calling the crown jewel of NFL football fields, SoFi Stadium and Sports Complex, home? After all the multi-billion dollar architectural wonder is decades ahead of its time. The site is a multi-venue sports complex with shops, restaurants, hotels, and sports venues over a nearly 300-acre site. As we had reported early in 2020:

"“Sofi Stadium is not just a sports stadium. The complex covers 298 acres and will feature an entertainment “district”, a sports “district”, as well as host a hotel and house lots of retail shopping and restaurant dining. This will host both indoor and outdoor sporting events and is the marquis feature for the 2028 International Olympics.”"

So how did the LA Rams organization intend to draw crowds to their new state-of-the-art stadium? The old-fashioned way, simply by signing up the NFL players whose star power is equal to the challenge of filling the stands. Players like All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald, All-Pro defensive back Jalen Ramsey, Pro-Bowler Matthew Stafford, NFL-leading wide receiver Cooper Kupp.

And now, the Rams have traded for All-Pro outside linebacker, defensive end Von Miller. So beyond name recognition, what are some bona fide reasons to love his arrival to the LA Rams defense?

Reason I: He is the missing piece to the defensive puzzle

Was the addition of Miller some half-brained marketing scheme, intended to help market the LA Rams franchise and brand name, even to help push LA Rams merchandise? Absolutely not.

Von Miller is intended to be the missing piece to the Rams defensive puzzle. While the team is running the same basic defensive scheme as 2020, this version is more dependant upon attacking the quarterback. Now, by adding one of the NFL’s best at doing exactly that, the LA Rams plan to make quarterbacks very uncomfortable in the pocket going forward.

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Miller brings a wealth of knowledge, techniques, and experience to a very young Rams defense. The team will immediately benefit from his ability to play consistently and help Leonard Floyd in mentoring the younger guys on the squad. But is his heart in it? Well, be patient on that front. Here’s why: