Every one knows the names at the top of the DT roster Mccoy, Miller, Price, and Sims. The question is who will come out of this battle on on top. We all can speculate about who will win, but there is only 1 man making that decision. No matter the out come the D will heavily depend on Price and Miller Establishing their presence. Price also is the only DT who can battle with Mccoy for the UT position, while we all know Mccoy will start, no coach is going to let a rookie know that the job is secure before their first start.
No matter what happens Price and Miller will get good playing time next year. These two will have the fresh legs in second halves of the game (Something we did not have against carolina in the 08-09 season) and can not let there time go to waste. Both of Miller and Price abilities allow them to contribute in different ways for both to make an impact and give opposing teams different looks, plus allowing Rah to flirt with different formations.
Brian Price at 6'1 303 is not your typical NT he is more of an hybrid DT like Sedrick Ellis, I am not saying Price is as good as Ellis I am just comparing the players style. I don't know the strength difference in the players but Brice is bigger in frame and that allows him to play the NT, but I think he will be at more than just the NT position. He also has fundementail pass rushing moves and counter moves , which means he can get a rush up the middle not just an push. He is not consistent in staying low and driving his feet which is why he was not rated higher even though he played on a high level in college .
Roy Miller is 6'1 310 pounds I don't know the muscle body fat % but he looks as if has more muscle than fat. He is strong and stout against the run, playing the DT position 1 of the first things you learn is to stay low and drive your feet. Miller plays with that fundamental play in and play out, keeping that low center of gravity allows you to generate power, and if you watch this guy play he does not get blown off the ball to often. That was evident last year, but if your UT is not getting off the ball and running down the line or scrimmage, then an average NFL O-line will form a V around that 1 NT holding the point. Miller also has a non stop motor guys who've got that has a lot of will power, Miller gets Sacks off that will power alone it's like in basketball in Game 3 of the 2010 finals Derek Fisher made big plays for the Lakers with just his will. With that will power in Miller can give you a push in the pass rush he did get 2 sacks last year and with the league average in sacks for an DT being 2.8 thats not pretty bad. Without Millers non stop motor it would be hard for him to get playing time, while he might be stout with an low center of gravity just relying on that in the NFL will get you blown off the ball.
If you were to look at our defensive roster like an baseball line up we have a lot of home run hitters, but like a baseball line up you put your best home run hitters in around 3,4,5, of that lineup, and will need the rest of the batters to step up so there just wont be single home runs. In contrast think of the forced turnovers as home runs, you get that from your play makers (homerun hitters) you still need to stop the run and still need a pass-rush so there just wont be turn overs ( single homeruns). Miller and Price will be key in this role no matter who starts, each guy needs to establish there presence with their unique ability, if that happens then this defensive unit will be irritating to play against.