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Post ESPN Insider: Biggest remaining needs for the Miami Dolphins
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Miami Dolphins: Linebacker

The Dolphins will likely be starting two rookies (Ja'Wuan James and Billy Turner) and two free agents (Branden Albert and Shelley Smith) on their offensive line this season. The lack of continuity is a major concern, but the Dolphins desperately needed to improve their talent there, and they clearly have. If the group is established as the starting line at the start of training camp and stays together throughout the preseason, chemistry can be created. If that happens, the biggest hole on the Dolphins roster will be on the defensive side of the ball.

While the Dolphins have some new faces projected to play roles in their secondary, that wasn't the main problem for the unit this past season. The Dolphins ranked 12th against the pass last year and were the 29th-worst run defense in DVOA. Jamar Taylor, Will Davis, Walt Aikens, Cortland Finnegan and Louis Delmas could improve the secondary, but the defense will still be dragged down by a problematic trio of starting linebackers.

Unless multiple backups surprise in training camp, Koa Misi, Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler will start for the Dolphins again this season. Misi is a converted defensive end who has never lived up to his potential on the field, no matter where he lined up. Jeff Ireland gave both Ellerbe and Wheeler big contracts last year, but both proved to be undisciplined and technically deficient as starters. Regardless of the revamped secondary and hope that Cameron Wake will be fully healthy this year, the Dolphins simply can't feel good about their projected starters at the linebacker position.


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Post Re: ESPN Insider: Biggest remaining needs for the Miami Dolphins
Yep, this is still a question mark. I am not a huge Koa Misi fan mainly because the guy has just not been a play maker. He has been an average type of player and Miami definitely needs guys to step it up, but the hiring of the new linebacker coach could do wonders as that guy has an awesome track record. Perhaps he will bring the level of play up in these guys.

Ellerbe and Wheeler have got to produce, be more steady and make those bigger impact plays. Maybe Jordan Tripp will learn quickly and contribute and then also Jenkins pushing for playing time.

Whomever it is, they just need to produce at the backer position.


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Post Re: ESPN Insider: Biggest remaining needs for the Miami Dolphins
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Yep, this is still a question mark. I am not a huge Koa Misi fan mainly because the guy has just not been a play maker. He has been an average type of player and Miami definitely needs guys to step it up, but the hiring of the new linebacker coach could do wonders as that guy has an awesome track record. Perhaps he will bring the level of play up in these guys.

Ellerbe and Wheeler have got to produce, be more steady and make those bigger impact plays. Maybe Jordan Tripp will learn quickly and contribute and then also Jenkins pushing for playing time.

Whomever it is, they just need to produce at the backer position.



Agreed Karl. The linebackers are a HUGE key to this defense.

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Post Re: ESPN Insider: Biggest remaining needs for the Miami Dolphins
Start Jelani Jenkins over Wheeler.


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