Schiano Wanted Roy Miller But Didn’t Get HimAugust 26th, 2013
He is a heck of a run stopper and plays the position, you know we call the tilt nose in our defense, he plays it very well. And he’s really custom-built to play it. I mean his traits really fit the position. — Greg Schiano on former Bucs defensive tackle Roy Miller. December 27, 2012
Who makes the personnel decisions in the current Bucs regime?
That’s a subject that has drawn much speculation. Former Tampa Bay Bucs beat writer Stephen Holder called Greg Schiano one of the most powerful head coaches in the NFL, and many believe Schiano is all but running his own ship.
Joe, however, has always maintained that Holder was out of his mind and that Schiano and rockstar general manager Mark Dominik work as a team with Dominik wielding as much if not more power.
One interesting nugget to come out of Saturday’s preseason game in Miami was a conversation between analyst Ronde Barber and play-by-play man Chris Meyers that might have been an insider look at the chain of power at One Buc Palace.
Myers and Barber shared a bit of their pregame interview with Schiano, in which Schiano told them he still stays in touch with Roy Miller via text messages and how he had hoped Miller would have stayed with the Buccaneers. Myers said it was a financial decision that cost the Bucs Miller, and Barber said Schiano respected Miller’s feedback as a trusted veteran and Barber talked about how Miller was an ideal fit for the defense.
So Joe has to wonder why Schiano didn’t get his Buccaneer Man, Roy Miller? Why was Schiano denied?
Either Miller didn’t want to stay, doubtful given that Schiano’s defense resurrected his career, or Dominik turned down the head coach’s request.
Per Rotoworld.com and other sources, Miller’s deal with the Jaguars was a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the only guaranteed money being a $650,000 signing bonus. That’s not a lot of cash at all.
What adds intrigue to this question is that six weeks after Miller signed in Jacksonville, the Bucs traded up in the fourth-round of the NFL Draft to snag defensive tackle Akeem Spence to replace Miller. And Spence has been a preseason standout and appears to be an absolute steal — at a much lower price for the next four years.
This reminds Joe of when Raheem Morris openly praised and sought the return of Barrett Ruud and Cadillac Williams for the 2011 season, but despite miles of salary cap room, those two veterans were not pursued.