Dansby Leads New-Look Linebacker Corps

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  1. mnphinfan

    mnphinfan Lifelong Fin Fan

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    Here's an article from Andy Kent on MiamiDolphins.com

    http://www.miamidolphins.com/news/dansy-leads-new-look-linebacker-corps

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    We know Dansby is going to be a stud on defense as Nolan his going to come up with some crazy/brilliant schemes. The questions I have is can Crowder return to the same form he was at when playing with ZT and can Wake and Misi be the starters we need them to be. I see Wake have a Dumerville break out year. Nolan knows his strenth is getting after the QB and he is going to put him in the best places for him to succeed. My biggest question is how is Misi going to stand up at the SOLB? Will he be able to consistently set the edge? As a rookie I would be happy if he had a similar performance to what Roth had the year before we cut him.
     
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    honestly i think people overlook wake's age a lot. i just feel like if a player is going on 29 years old, they are probably at the top of the game, you shouldnt really expect to see it change all that much. but wake IS different. he played in the CFL, and backed up some of the best linebackers in the NFL in a short time, his accomplishments in the CFL were extraordinary leaving his mark there with broken records. i just dont know that even after backing jason taylor, joey porter, and now dansby, if his game is really gonna change that much. i mean i hope it does, because hes at the top of it right now, and the guy has some extra ordinary pass rushing skills. but we've all seen his speed also be his downfall where he overshoots the QB, or just flat out wasnt strong enough and got pancaked. maybe with some extra working out and a little more muscle this could be avoided a bit more, also with some better scheming i think so as well. but i dont see wake magically becoming awesome in run support and coverage out of no where. i could be wrong, and he probably will improve if hes working at it, but if you wanna see this guys full potential, u gotta play a 4-3 and stick his fist in the ground. i just feel like we have a lot of 4-3 players who we force into awkward positions, and wonder why we dont get the best production out of a team that looks great on paper
     
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    The thing most people are forgetting though is that Dumerville spent most of his time with his hand on the ground rushing the QB. CK did a great thread/post on the responsibilities of the LB's in Nolan's defense (I tried to find it but I can't) regarding this exact issue. In it he showed that Dumerville rushed the QB about 65% of the time he was on the field and most of those times he did it with his fist on the ground. This is due to the fact the Nolan runs a hybrid 3-4/4-3 defense which he does tailor to his players best skill set.

    I also read an article on NFL.com a few weeks ago showing the progression of projected great rookie pass rushers to their second year in the NFL. In the article it showed pretty well that most LB's who struggle getting sacks their rookie years continue having problems getting sacks their entire career with most of them becoming career backups or busts. It also showed that rookies who are able to manage 5-7 sacks their rookie seasons progressed nicely into their sophmore season with most of them accumulating double digit sacks. I would definitely put Wake into this category as he showed last year, that even with a limited amount of snaps he was consistantly able to get after the QB.

    I could be wrong but I just see Wake has having a breakout/probowl type of season this year.
     

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