Bucs Clearly Sending Message To Roy MillerMay 4th, 2012
Last night when Joe learned the Bucs had signed Gary Gibson, many Bucs fans sounded like scared owls they asked “Who?” so often.
That’s exactly why Bucs defensive tackle Roy Miller should be concerned.
It’s pretty obvious that the Bucs are either trying to light a fire under the backside of Miller or, likely unhappy with Miller’s lack of production, are preparing to cut ties with the Texas product.
Gibson was a backup on a miserable defense with the Rams, bagging only three sacks last year. But Gibson’s sack total with the Rams in 2011 matches Miller’s sack total in his three-year NFL career, missing but one game during that same span.
When the Bucs landed talented defensive tackle Amobi Okoye in March, many took this move as insurance against Gerald McCoy and Brian Price, who have a hard time staying on the field due to injuries.
Joe took it as more of a shot across the bow at Miller. Drafted in the third round of the 2009 draft, Miller has been a non-factor thus far.
New Bucs coach Greg Schiano has all but said how critical he believes it is for the Bucs to put opposing quarterbacks on the ground. His defensive coordinator, Bill Sheridan, came from the Giants, where that is their specialty.
If the signing of Okoye wasn’t a wake-up call for Miller, last night’s signing of Gibson surely should have his attention. It’s time for Miller to make an impact or his Bucs days are numbered.
To Miller’s credit, he was drafted specifically to play a role in the heinous Jim Bates Experience. Bates is long gone and it’s a New Schiano Order now.