The Dolphins haven’t made it clear if they will be a 3-4 or 4-3 base defense in 2012, but they plan to experiment with a new role for outside linebacker Koa Misi either way.
Misi won’t be moving back to defensive end, the position he played at Utah before the Dolphins made him the 40th overall pick of the 2010 Draft. Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the team will take a look at him at inside linebacker. Per Kelly, the team thinks he has the instincts and coverage skills to make such a move possible.
Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett started at inside linebacker for the Dolphins in 2011. Both are under contract for next season.
Misi has started 20 games as the strongside linebacker in his first two seasons with the Dolphins, but he hasn’t added much to the pass rush with just 5.5 sacks. With Jason Taylor’s retirement, the Dolphins will be in the market for help with the pass rush and that need will only grow if they wind up going with a 4-3 look. Their current roster is short on players who fit the bill for an end in that scheme and they only have three defensive linemen under contract altogether. If Paul Soliai leaves as a free agent, there won’t be much question about the biggest defensive priority in Miami this offseason.