Koa Misi’s role with Dolphins could be changing

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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.

12 responses to “Koa Misi’s role with Dolphins could be changing

  1. If this happens then Misi will have gone from 4-3 DE (at Utah), to 3-4 OLB, to 4-3 ILB……

    Sounds like a guy who is simply that…..just a guy….. Good enough to make your roster but doesn’t have a single dynamic, stand-out part to his game.

  2. I mentioned that earlier this year and got blasted by Miami fans. I think he would be pretty good as an ILB. That position uses his skills better and Dansby or Burnett could handle the outside if necessary. They have some decent defensive linemen (resigning a couple is likely) but they need an edge rusher from the draft or FA (Williams/Mathis if there is any money left under the cap). Miami is not as broken as many seem to think. This team has been a couple pieces away for a long time. Their problem is that by the time they get around to fixing one position another has already declined. They never seem to fix more than one hole per year. It starts at QB (again). Hopefully they get a QB (Moore is OK as an emergency option if everything falls through) and an edge rusher. They will be contenders with those two moves alone.

  3. Probably a good move. Lots of folks saw him as better suited for that position coming out of college.

    Ideally he fills that Channing Crowder role on 1st and 2nd down (though with better coverage abilities). And then he comes out on 3rd down.

  4. Actually they have five defensive lineman under contract: Wake (a defensive end in a 4-3), Starks, Odrick, McDaniel, and Philip Merling (sunsentinel reported he’s still under contract for this year because he was out for non football injury a couple years ago). C’mon man you’re a pro journalist get your facts straight.

  5. He’s good at reacting to the ball and is a solid tackler. ILB is a better spot for him, and it frees Dansby to attack the QB.

    A good move by the coaching staff?!

    Wow…so that’s what that looks like.

  6. @FinFan

    Couldn’t have said it better my self. All this talk about Manning is ridiculous. Go get Flynn or RG3, sign Mario Williams and get used to watching the Dolphins in the playoffs agian.

    Phin fan in KC

  7. Why do people assume that Miami will be in the need for interior defensive linemen just because Paul Soliali might not return? If it is true and the Dolphins are switching to a 4-3 then Randy Starks along with Jarred Odrick would fill the DT’s spots just fine.

    Even if Paul does leave the biggest need on Miami’s defense is DE which can easily be fixed with the 8th overall selection in the draft.

  8. I also mentioned this during the season. No one blasted me! I think that Misi and Dansby will make a good inside team if Misi will do what Dansby says. Burnett looks much more like a true Outside Linebacker because ho is big, fast, strong, intuitive and agile! Burnett does not get caught up in trash and can cover well. I think Burnett could be an all pro OLB. Burnett’s play will open up Wake for another 16 sack season too!

    Sign Soliali or franchise him or take his children hostage – just don’t let him get away!

    Move Sean Smith to safety and fraft corners!

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