On Now
Coming Up
  • Wed., Oct. 22, 2014 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT Live Gruden Press Conference Redskins head coach Jay Gruden speaks to media at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va. on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
  • Wed., Oct. 22, 2014 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM EDT Redskins Nation

    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
    • TIME:  5:30 PM 
    • LOCATION:  Comcast SportsNet

  • Thu., Oct. 23, 2014 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT Live Gruden Press Conference Redskins head coach Jay Gruden speaks to media at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va. on Thursday, October 23, 2014.
  • Thu., Oct. 23, 2014 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM EDT Redskins Nation

    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
    • TIME:  5:30 PM 
    • LOCATION:  Comcast SportsNet

  • Fri., Oct. 24, 2014 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT Live Gruden Press Conference Redskins head coach Jay Gruden speaks to media at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va. on Friday, October 24, 2014.
  • Fri., Oct. 24, 2014 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM EDT Redskins Nation

    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
    • TIME:  5:30 PM 
    • LOCATION:  Comcast SportsNet

  • Mon., Oct. 27, 2014 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM EDT Redskins Nation

    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
    • TIME:  5:30 PM 
    • LOCATION:  Comcast SportsNet

  • Mon., Oct. 27, 2014 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT Live Verizon Gametime Live Redskins pregame show hosted by Larry Michael LIVE from AT&T Stadium before the Redskins vs. Cowboys game on Monday, October 27, 2014.
  • Tue., Oct. 28, 2014 12:00 AM - 12:30 AM EDT Live Gruden Press Conference Redskins head coach Jay Gruden takes the podium following the Redskins vs. Cowboys game at AT&T Stadium on Monday, October 27, 2014.
  • Tue., Oct. 28, 2014 12:30 AM - 1:00 AM EDT Live Player Press Conference Select Redskins players take the podium following the Redskins vs. Cowboys game at AT&T Stadium on Monday, October 27, 2014.

News

Print
RSS

Gabe Miller's Transition Highlighted By Sack

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Originally coming to Washington as a tight end, Gabe Miller transitioned to linebacker during the offseason. His progress -- which now includes a sack vs. the Browns -- has garnished serious attention.

When Gabe Miller signed with the Washington Redskins on Dec. 24, 2013, he was a tight end. Today, he’s an outside linebacker.

It isn’t too often that a player can make the switch from offensive side of the ball to defensive, especially in the NFL when a player’s position has been solidified for years, but Miller has done just that now – twice. 

First playing in the NFL as a converted linebacker after being drafted by the Kansas City Cheifs, Miller would be repackaged as a tight end with the Seattle Seahawks.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound player split time between the Seahawks’ and Chicago Bears’ practice squads last season before signing with the Redskins.

He admitted that it’s been an unusual journey, but that he’s comfortable being back on defense.

“It is kind of wild to make transitions like this at this level, but it has been good,” Miller said. “The coaches have been really detailed in teaching me and everyone the nuances of the defense, so I feel like I picked it up very well, but there's still a ton I need to work on and figure out.

“I really like the defensive side of the ball, so I have enjoyed it.”

Between outside linebackers coach Brian Baker – a distinguished pass-rush specialist – and Pro Bowlers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan, Miller has a “great group of guys” helping not only with simply transitioning back to defense, but how to perform at an elite level.

“Between the three of them they have a ton of experience and they have been very successful with what they do,” Miller said. “Any coaching points I can pick up from Coach Baker, anything I can see from Kerrigan and Orakpo is helpful. It is pretty awesome to have that kind of leadership.”

While Baker works with the outside linebackers on certain ball-catching drills to keep them sharp for when the opportunity to intercept a ball presents itself, Miller’s main concern during the offseason was getting his technique down.

“In the offseason, rather than always catching passes and running routes, you’re working pass-rush and working more training side to side and speed stuff,” he explained.

His hard work was on display in Monday’s game vs. Cleveland, when he sacked Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Despite being known for his elusiveness, Manziel couldn’t free himself from Miller, who said it was a “cool feeling” to get his first-career sack on national television against the Heisman Trophy Award winner.

“It’s definitely something you try to do as an outside linebacker,” Miller said of the sack. “You try to pressure the quarterback, you try to get after them and take them down, so it was nice.”

.

.

.