While Miller’s numbers were underwhelming – he registered just 24 tackles – he had, arguably, his best season in 2012. He performed his primary role well, clogging the middle on first and second downs, allowing defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and the team’s defensive ends to attack ball carriers. McCoy made his first Pro Bowl, in part, he has said, because of the play of Miller. The Bucs held opponents to a league-low 3.5 yards per carry in spite of their NFL-worst pass defense.
The Bucs lacked the sort of pass rush they were seeking, but Miller typically is not on the field on passing downs, giving way to more athletic defensive linemen in pass-rush situations.
Playing the “tilted nose” used in coach Greg Schiano’s defense, Miller, 25, excelled. It’s a role for which Schiano has described Miller as being “custom built.”