Roy Miller’s Lack Of Stats “Irrelevant”February 26th, 2013
One great thing from a writer’s perspective about the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis was the virtually unfettered access to movers and shakers in the NFL. Over the weekend, Joe got a chance to talk Bucs football with Greg Cosell. A senior producer of NFL Films, Cosell is one of the most respected X’s and O’s guys out there. All he does for a living is break down film, aside from authoring a football book here and there. Cosell, nephew of famed broadcaster Howard Cosell, specifically detailed why defensive tackle Roy Miller is valuable for the Bucs.
JoeBucsFan: Your impressions on Bucs defensive tackle Roy Miller?
Greg Cosell: I always thought he was a good player for what he is.
Joe: Fans don’t seem to like him because he doesn’t show up in the box score much. He doesn’t get a lot of sacks; he doesn’t get a lot of tackles.
Cosell: Well, that’s irrelevant. It’s irrelevant!
Joe: Gerald McCoy always says he wouldn’t be the player he is without Miller.
Cosell: Well, essentially [the Bucs] play an underfront and McCoy is the three-technique and Miller is the nose-shade. And in that kind of defense, the nose-shade will not put up stats. The nose-shade often gets double-teamed; the nose-shade allows a guy like Lavonte David to run free. That is his job. His job is to stalemate and defeat double-teams, eat up blocks. Roy Miller will not appear on the stat sheet. That is not a reflection of anything that he is about as a player.
Joe: So again, when people whine that he doesn’t get sacks, it is irrelevant?
Cosell: It’s irrelevant.
Joe: You brought up Lavonte David. Better rookie season: Lavonte David or Doug Martin?
Cosell: Well, it is hard to compare rookies at totally different positions. I think Lavonte David is a really good player. He will probably get better; he sort of fits the new mold of linebacker in the NFL. He is a run-and-chase player. Not a big player but he does have some physicality. He is willing to be physical; he’s just not a big, big man. You know, Doug Martin, I loved him when he came out of Boise [State]. He ran well this year. Obviously, it is an offense that would like to go through Doug Martin as a focus. And I think he can do that. He is a volume runner to me.
Joe: Have you studied much of Ronde Barber at safety?
Cosell: I have seen him. You know, there is so much subpackage that he essentially played the slot in their nickel and played sort of the dime linebacker position. I see him more that way than a regular safety.