Keith Millard Talks Defensive Line TechniqueJuly 31st, 2011
The Bucs — specifically Team Glazer — have damned near invested enough cash in the defensive front the past three drafts to buy an NHL team.
Between Roy Miller and Kyle Moore and Brian Price and Gerald McCoy and Da’Quan Bowers and Adrian Clayborn, there’s a lot of capital not to see some form of return on an investment.
Yeah, Moore has been hurt and so too has been Price and McCoy. But when Moore and Price were healthy, it wasn’t like they were overly productive and they certainly weren’t improving much, largely thanks to then-defensive line coach Todd Wash.
The Bucs in the offseason knew they needed defensive ends and quickly came to the conclusion that Wash was not the man to take these players from college stars to productive NFL studs.
So by bringing in Keith Millard as one of two new coaches for the defensive line, it was a blunt signal by Bucs management that improvement had to be made.
Millard came with the seal of approval by none other than Warren Sapp. Millard was once himself a stud tackle and still holds the NFL record for most sacks in a season by a defensive tackle with 18.
Millard graciously took a few brief moments recently with Joe to talk defensive drills.
McCoy and Price “just need proper technique, just need to clean up some techniques. A lot of things they did in college or they got away with in college, at this level, here, they are going up against pro offensive linemen, smart offensive lineman. Your steps, your hands, they all have to be on point if you are going to be a pro offensive lineman.”
Millard is impressed with both McCoy and Price. He sees big things from them; believes they have the tools and physical talents to be big-time NFL players. They just need polishing, he believes.
“It’s just little things, like the steps,” Millard said. “Little things, just little things. That’s all.”
Watching Millard work with the tackles is invigorating. He’s intense, always barking, always encouraging, and seems to have the hyper demeanor of Monte Kiffin.
If Millard can do half the magic Monte Kiffin worked with the Bucs, he will be a fine hire indeed.