We were so soft in the middle last year, but I'm not sure if that were Alonzo's fault. Still, the Dolphins liked him so much in the middle last year that they threw a lot of money at him to stay. He has to be a better option in the middle than Hull or Chase. Alonzo loved playing in the middle,so, I'd move him back.
Armando Salguero wrote:
We heard ad nauseam this summer how Burke wanted to cross-train his linebackers. He refused to say what position the linebackers were playing. He didn’t even tell the players.
Eventually we found out that somebody would play in the middle -- be it Mike Hull, Rey Maualuga or Chase Allen -- while Kiko Alonso played weakside outside linebacker and Lawrence Timmons played strongside outside linebacker.
This was interesting because the Dolphins moved Alonso from the middle, where he had a good season in 2016.
All good, except the plan is failing.
Now, I didn’t go to defensive coordinator school. I didn’t take linebacker coaching in college. But I can see from 200 yards away in a press box that Miami’s linebackers are not getting it done.
The Dolphins have a soft spot in the middle of their front seven where a solid middle linebacker is supposed to be -- where Raekwon McMillan is slated to be next season. Except it’s still this season.
So Alonso should have been moved back to the middle as soon as Rey Maualuga, who Burke vouched for, got arrested at 8:30 in the morning at some club and was immediately cut.
At that point, and for the good of the team, I’m putting Alonso in the middle.
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