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Bucs not showing much interest in re-signing Roy Miller

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense had two faces in 2012.

They were the league’s stingiest run defense, allowing 82.5 yards per game on the ground, while also allowing more passing yards than any other team in the league. The team’s expected to make the secondary a priority in the offseason, which is to be expected. What’s less expected is that they might also be making a big change in their run defense.

Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the team has yet to engage in any “substantive” contract talks with defensive tackle Roy Miller. Miller started 14 of the 15 games he played this season as the Bucs’ “tilted nose” and drew a lot of praise from the coaching staff for both his own play as well as the way he helps open things up for Gerald McCoy.

“I think how Roy has played and how physical he is in the run game has given a chance for … Gerald to get a single block, get off and make plays,” defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan said late in the season. “I think Roy has had a very good year. He’s been very disruptive. He’s a guy a lot of times you need to put two blockers on or else he’s got a chance to really knock the center back and get in the backfield.”

It’s early, so there’s plenty of time for the Bucs and Miller to engage in serious discussions. Holder points out that there isn’t much in the way of depth at the position, so Miller’s departure would leave a hole that the Bucs would likely have to fill from outside the organization. After all, fixing the pass defense won’t provide all that much help if the opposition finds they can just run their way down the field on Tampa.

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6 Responses to “Bucs not showing much interest in re-signing Roy Miller”
  1. swagger52 says: Feb 11, 2013 11:37 AM

    Come on..it is the overrated AFC South. You only need a defense if you were to get into the playoffs. Bucs aren’t going to the playoffs, so they are better off getting players on offense.

  2. bucingnasty says: Feb 11, 2013 1:03 PM

    Were in the AFC south now? I hate when they keep switching the bucs division.

  3. bucsfaninarkansas says: Feb 11, 2013 1:04 PM

    @swagger52

    The Buccaneers play in the NFC South.

    A division where you absolutely need a good defense.

  4. armeniandelight4 says: Feb 11, 2013 1:11 PM

    Looks like Dwayne Johnson.

  5. danno1212 says: Feb 11, 2013 1:42 PM

    Becauase a team doesn’t tell the media everything they are doing or thinking, it must mean they are not interested.

  6. jdubfla says: Feb 11, 2013 4:48 PM

    Number one against the run.

    Why run when you can pass them to death and score at will?

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