Thirteen-year NFL assistant Mike Miller begins his sixth season with the Cardinals and second as offensive coordinator after being promoted on 2/16/11. He spent the previous two seasons as passing game coordinator after working his first two years (2007-08) as the team’s wide receivers coach. Miller joined the Cardinals on 2/6/07 as an offensive assistant and was promoted to receivers coach on 3/21/07. He came to Arizona after splitting 2006 between the Berlin Thunder (quarterbacks/receivers) of NFL Europe in the spring and Robert Morris University (defensive line) in the fall. The Cardinals are the third NFL franchise Miller has worked for as an assistant after previous jobs with the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Last year, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald earned his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl selection (2007-11) while becoming the franchise leader in career receiving yards (9,615), receiving TD’s (73), 100-yard games (32) and career TD’s (73) after setting the team record for all-time receptions in 2010. He had 80 receptions for 1,411 yards and eight TD’s last season, becoming the fourth player (Jerry Rice, Randy Moss, Marvin Harrison) in NFL history to record at least 1,400 receiving yards four times in their career. He also had his team record sixth 1,000-yard receiving season, becoming one of just eight players in NFL history to reach 1,000 receiving yards at least six times in their first eight NFL seasons.
In Miller’s two seasons as passing game coordinator, Fitzgerald was selected to consecutive Pro Bowl appearances and went over 1,000 receiving yards each season. In 2010, Fitzgerald had 90 catches for 1,137 yards and became the first player in NFL history to record 90+ receptions five times in their first seven seasons while also becoming one of just five NFL players in league history to record 90+ receptions in at least four consecutive seasons. In 2009, Miller helped guide quarterback Kurt Warner to 3,753 passing yards and 26 touchdown passes. Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin both eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards as Fitzgerald also tied for the league lead with 13 TD receptions, becoming the first player in franchise history to record 10+ touchdown receptions in three consecutive seasons (2007-09).
During his two seasons as wide receivers coach (2007-08), Boldin (160 receptions for 1,891 yards and 20 TDs) and Fitzgerald (196 receptions for 2,840 yards and 22 TDs) combined for 356 receptions and 4,731 yards to go along with 42 touchdowns. The duo also combined for three Pro Bowl appearances (Fitzgerald 2007-08, Boldin 2008). Fitzgerald led the NFC for two consecutive seasons in both receptions and receiving yards (96 receptions for 1,431 yards in 2008, 100 receptions for 1,409 yards in 2007) while also leading the NFL with 12 touchdowns in 2008. Even though Boldin missed four games due to various injuries in 2008, he still caught 89 passes for 1,038 yards and a career-high 11 touchdowns. Receiver Steve Breaston had career-highs with 77 receptions for 1,006 yards, giving the Cardinals three 1,000-yard receivers for the first time in team history and only the fifth time in NFL history. Arizona finished the season with NFL rankings of fourth in total offense and second in passing offense as quarterback Kurt Warner threw a franchise record 30 touchdown passes. In both of Miller’s first two seasons with the Cardinals, the passing offense finished with a top five ranking in the NFL (5th in 2007).
Miller joined the Thunder in the spring of 2006 from the Buffalo Bills where he was quality control/tight ends coach in 2004 and tight ends coach in 2005. He previously served as an offensive assistant for five years with current Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt and assistant head coach/offensive line Russ Grimm with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1999-2003).
The Pittsburgh, PA native got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant coaching running backs at Robert Morris University (PA) for two seasons (1997-1998). He also worked as a public relations and operations intern with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1994-95) and Indianapolis Colts (1996).
After attending Plum (PA) Senior High School, Miller received his bachelor’s degree in Communications from Clarion University (PA) and his Masters in Education from Robert Morris.
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