Jamir Miller will be the first "new" Cleveland Brown to play in a Pro Bowl. The NFL announced that Miller had made the team Wednesday afternoon.
Miller said Al Lerner and Carmen Policy told him of his making the team after the Browns win over the Titans on Sunday. He said they also told him that he was a starter/first-teamer, although if that is the case it will not be announced until Jan. 12.
Some interesting points that came out of Miller's meeting with the media this afternoon:
* The question of his possibly moving to defensive end for next season was brought up. He smiled and said "I was just named to the Pro Bowl as a Sam Linebacker." While admitted that he "has no idea" what is in store for last year, he hinted that he would rather stay in the same role he played most of this season. Still, it is possible that the idea of moving Miller to end is rolling around Butch Davis' head. Davis told Miller that if the Cowboys had been able to move up to draft him in 1994, Miller would have played with a hand down his entire NFL career.
* One reason the Browns might consider moving Miller to defensive end would be if they do not re-sign Keith McKenzie. Miller was asked if he would lobby for the Browns to work out a deal with McKenzie, allowing him to stay at strongside linebacker. Miller laughed, then said he thought that McKenzie and the Browns were already working on a deal. McKenzie was not available on Wednesday to confirm if he is currently negotiating with the team.
* Miller said he thought the big reason for his success this season was the attitude instilled in him by talking with Butch Davis when he was first hired as coach. Davis has obviously inspired Miller. He also told Miller the role he expected him to play - allowing him to freelance and rush the passer - and that encouraged him to take his offseason workouts very seriously, running, lifting and doing "all the things that make you throw up," Miller said.
* Miller is anxious to finish as the AFC sack leader. "That's the goal," he said. He said he was very happy that San Diego's season is already over. That means Marcellus Wiley, who is currently tied with Miller atop the conference with 13 sacks, can not add to his total. Miller will have a chance to keep an eye on one of his closest competitors, Steelers Linebackers Jason Gildon, who has 12 sacks.
* Miller was most excited about making the Pro Bowl because the bulk of his votes came from the players. "I think I finished seventh in the fan voting," Miller said. "That means my piers felt that I deserved to be in the game. That means a lot."