Miami Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi is moving from the outside to the inside this season, as he’ll be the team’s starting middle linebacker in 2014 with with Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler slotting in on either side of him. While Wheeler and Ellerbe were horrible last season in their first year with the Dolphins organization, both are bounce-back candidates in 2014, if for no reason other than the fact that they have nowhere to go but up. Misi enters the 2014 as the team’s safest (and by extension, best) LB, and it sounds like the Dolphins are excited by what he can do in the middle.
According to the Palm Beach Post’s Andrew Abramson, linebackers coach Mark Duffner gave his new starting MLB some nice praise, “All I saw when I put on the film was a guy who freaking hunts the ball and who’s all over the football field. He’s active, he gives a great effort, he’s tough and the physicality that he brings — those are the attributes you like to have in a Mike (middle) linebacker.”
Earlier this offseason, defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle praised Misi for his work during the transition to the MIKE, and it looks like we should expect a solid season and a big stat line from the 27-year-old Utah product. Now in the prime of his career, Misi has consistently made strides during his time in the league, and his best season came in 2012 when he recorded 65 tackles and 3.5 sacks. A well-rounded player, Misi can get downhill in a hurry to stop the run, and he’s also a quality blitzer.