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Wake providing great QB pressure, Misi is not

Cameron Wake is having a Pro Bowl caliber year. I have an Associated Press All-Pro vote and I am very likely going to put Wake on my ballot. That's what 9.5 sacks in 10 games will do for you.

What it also does is cause opponents to take notice.

Suddenly, Wake isn't getting one-on-one matchups any more. Suddenly, all the slide protections are to his side. Suddenly, other teams are game-planning to stop Cameron Wake.

And that's where things can get easy or much more difficult for the team's other pass-rushing linebacker. When everyone pays attention to the weakside linebacker, you see, that makes it time for the strongside linebacker to step up his game and pick up the production slack.

If Wake is getting doubled or the slide protection is going toward the weak side, then the strongside guy should benefit and make up some of the difference.

It's good news for the Sam linebacker if he responds. It's bad news if he does not.

"Now the Sam linebacker although should be productive (you know) that guy is not really in the rush as much as Cameron (Wake) is,” coach Tony Sparano said.

True, Koa Misi doesn't get as many at-bats at the QB as Wake because the Will linebacker gets more rush opportunities than the Sam linebacker. But the Sam does get rush opportunities. No doubt about that. And the Dolphins need that player to produce.

My worry is that Misi isn't producing all that much lately.

Misi has 3.5 sacks this season. That's not my concern. My concern is he hasn't had a sack or even a portion of a sack since Oct. 24, which means it's been a month since Misi got to the quarterback.

The Dolphins have obviously noticed the drought because more and more they've used Quentin Moses in rush situations replacing Misi. And they've tried other means of creating pressure on the quarterback, which is the reason safeties Reshad Jones and Yeremiah Bell have more sacks in the past month than Misi.

The Dolphins are creating pass rush with blitzes because they obviously feel the need to do so. Misi isn't getting it done on his own.

That's a problem because if teams recognize they can solve Miami's pass-rush by sliding protections to Wake or doubling him and the guy on the other side doesn't make them pay, it makes the offensive coordinator's job easier. Misi must turn the strategy to his advantage. He hasn't been doing that lately.

Perhaps he has hit the rookie wall. Perhaps he's run into a ton of good tackles (they get paid, too). But 0-for-the past month?

But this is an issue the Dolphins clearly cannot be happy about.


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If wake was not tackled every other play he would have about twenty sacks so far. The guy is a beast. Misi is always playing grab ass with the tackle, he has no moves.

Jason Taylor is on a much better team.If i was taller than 5.7 and not a balding tumor filled steroid geek with a tiny head,i would be starting in the NFL.I think i`m awesome,but i cannot come off the steroids and look in the mirror at my hideously small hollow self.Please help me,i`m a freak!

It would have been nice if the dumb ex ball boy and Fat Tony actually drafted Clay Matthews when they had the chance. Then with him and Wake we would be killing QB's. BUT not our crack staff.
Misi is a joke. He is awful. The Bears ran at him most of the night and he never set the edge. He is another mistake in awhole list of them made by these losers who run our team. A first time GM and first time head coach great way to sink your team.

the sooner you get off the juice the better.you do look absolutely ridiculous.feel sorry for you,bud.With therapy and some cocooning at your mothers house, you can come out of the fake bravado steroid thing.your real body weight should be about 170 lbs esp on such a short and small frame.NJ you have to get off the juice, you look terrible.

I think that I would rather have Campbell starting as opposed to Gradkowski.
Campbell seems the more inept of the two.

Dez > Odrick + Misi + Dobbins.

Yessir! The Ball Boy sure knows how to work the system. We're close!!!

If I had wings I could fly. You can't play the "if" game. Because had we drafted Matthews, we may not have signed Wake, and we would be in the same position. And maybe Matthews would have not been active last year like Wake. And he wouldn't have won ROY, and he may have been cut this year, and we may not have got a great pass rush this year. Everyone wants to play the what if game, but the only thing we know are results and statistics that are actual, and not speculation.

this was the concern many of us had coming out of the draft. Misi did not do anything great in college, especially not enough pass rush. he simply wasnt and wont be a great or even good player. THAT should be a concern for this regime. one that all of us stupid "Joe" fans saw a long time ago.

Here is a look at the injury report for both teams.

Oakland Raiders

Out: CB Chris Johnson (groin) and WR Chaz Schilens (knee).

Questionable: TE Zach Miller (foot).

Probable: Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle), S Tyvon Branch (shoulder), S Hiram Eugene (neck), G Robert Gallery (fibula) and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (foot).

Miami Dolphins

Doubtful: Brandon Marshall (hamstring).

Questionable: C Joe Berger (knee), LB Karlos Dansby (toe), QB Chad Henne (knee) and WR Roberto Wallace (knee).

Probable: T Vernon Carey (knee), S Chris Clemons (groin), S Tyrone Culver (ankle), Reshad Jones (shin) and T Jake Long (shoulder).

Maybe the Ball Boy & Fist Pump oughta do a bit more "what iffing" in their spare time ---which they are soon, I hope, going to have an abundance of!

They never seem to learn from their mistakes, and they are regressing, nor progressing, the Franchise.

What I and many others may do here may be "what if,' but I ain't gonna sit quietly while these two Klowns, bereft of what little & uninterested guidance Tuna gave them, continue to stay stuck in the mud while the Pats & Jets continue to shine.

Plus, for the record, I wanted Dez then, not "what if." Odrick & Misi are schlemiels, "jags" [just another guy]. Nothing special, or even slightly above -average. AND DON'T TELL ME ODRICK'S INJURED---That's precisely the point: (1) our crack Daunte Culpepper Institute of Football Medicine missed the x-rays again; and (2) WE DID NOT NEED A lumbering DE & A FORCED MOVE OF STARKS TO NT. We needed playmakers.

Please Mr. Ross: FIRE THEM NOW!

Brandon Marshall will never be a Miami Dolphin.Seattle will work a deal with Denver.I know my football.

Spikes will never start or be a good NFL linebacker,probably will not get drafted until the fourth ir filth round.

*typo* or fifth round LMAO!!!



S.Smith is our best CB.I have a Smith replica jersey hanging in my brothers gym office near the meadowlands.

*typo* MY GYM, Meant My GYM, LMAO!!!


Don't forget: Quentin Moses = James Harrison!

Let me settle the whole Matthews-Wake theorizing. If we would've drafted Matthews, and also had the good fortune of having Wake on the same team, the all-knowing trifecta would have cut wake in training camp.

It doesn't take a genius to realize the incredible volume of churn this staff produces points to poor talent evaluation and lack of vision.

Karlos Dansby will never be a Miami Dolphin!Stop talking about it! ROTFLMAO!

I was an early critic of Misi(...no football player shouldbe called Misi...)but I think he is smart enough to know his shortcomings and I think we'll see a different Misi next year if not in these next few games.He has good size for his position(6'3" 250 #) maybe a little light but if he can study JT & Wake films and learn moves and how to read the opponent better, he may well develop into an excellent player...let's watch & see...

Having a 332 lamb for Easter dinner and then going to run my 3 businesses after a big meeting with all my staff.huge staff.female trainers love me,i date all of them and get digits on the qt from men in the showers ;)

man,i`m staring at my hamstrings and sternomastoid in the mirror.phooking awesome.hard for me to look away.

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I luv Jersey,so green and pretty here.If they had a good football team i would follow them.Hardly any pollution today!training my low back and hand strength today.eating brown rice with low sodium soy sauce and squid on black bread and cucumber sauce!bad farts for a couple days,but worth it when i look in the mirror.

Comedy Effing Gold!

Thanks for the chuckles!!

How have you been NJ?

Alzedo, joke all you want about my steroid body,but when i`m walking down the street at 5 foot 8.4 inches tall and my muscles are just huge.Everyone stares at me in my cut up string shirts,they all emualate me.they all want to be me.yeah i take a series of 8 to 10 injections,so what! It`s worth it when the people look at me and only me.For that month everyone is staring at me and only me!The attention of knowing everybody wants to be me and i`m all that makes me feel so high, like the Hulk.For awhile i feel 6 feet tall!When i walk with my little dog,i can feel people saying, OMG look at that enormous bodybuilder with such a little dog.Then people talk to me and i feel like a Rocket Dancer must feel on broadway.Going to get some more chestnut stuffing and carrots.Man, i`m huge!





Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the Misi-Wake combination has been more productive than the Porter-Taylor combination (13 vs 10 sacks/ 61 vs 45 tackles) through 10-games.

The good thing about Misi is that he has played big against good teams (NE, Min, Pitt, ad GB).

Even if they were dead even, I would rather keep this group than the crying frustrated hollywood star and the big mouth-heavy tongue tandem.

They're one the reasons we're one of the top-10 pass defense in the league.

The sky is the limit for these two young guys. and the season is not over.

btw, the reason MIami didn't draft Mathew was because we drafted Vontae Davis, which was considered a steal by many draft experts.

why don't you learn your history before opening your big mouth.

do you know how hard it is to acquire and develop a decent CB such as Davis?

You people are beginning to sound like the Big O, questioning why the Dolphins didn't draft Hakeem Nicks, after he had his best game as a pro the 1st week. Come on!! I would rather have DAvis over Nicks any time of day. The funny part is that he doesn't criticize the Fins for not drafting Evander Hood (his #1 pick for the Fins back then), who's been hiding in the Steelers roster.



lets trade cobbs and crowder for phillip rivers.

Misi is a rookie. And a starting rookie to boot. Not too bad. Everything will come in time.
Wake is a monster. He brings it on every play.
Shoulda coulda woulda... And Tom Brady would be ours if we didn't pick whozamacallit.

Face it, anyone after the top 5 is a crap shoot.

They could have drafted Hakeem nicks in the third round but they foolishly passed on him and drafted pat white. Boy, these guys really know how to pick them.

Well Misi should play grab ass with the QB instead then. See? It's just a matter of logistics, ha ha.

That is some pretty funny NJ impersonation stuff.

As NJ would say, ROTFLMAO!

Hey Armando:

Why can Miami bring a QB like Cam Newton (Auburn)or the QB from Oregon.???
We need a skill, accurate, running and mobile QB. Better yet; let;s get a good OC from one of these GOOD College Teams. They will do a H--&% of a job besides this PATHETIC Dolphins Coaching Staff.

its obvious henne is a statue. none of the other good quarterbacks today are like that.

All of you guys are wrong, http://firedanhenning.com/

Guys like NJ that joke about there anus in reality have homosexual fantasies, thats why jokes like that are on their mind. The blog is a ad place to live your fantasy, go make it happen.

So what??? if you ever saw me in a speedo,guy or girl,i garantee you could not look away!


Uhh bond...ur are horribly mistaken...dolphins couldn't have grabbed Nicks the third round becuz he was grabbed by the giants some picks later and becuz miami grabbed pat white while still in the second round unfortunately...even while still being in the second round Nicks was already gone...

I think it's hilarious that some of you guys choose to criticize Misi in his rookie season. When the team was 2-0, he was the greatest thing since sliced bread. Now that we're 5-5, every one is calling him a bust! Typical, bandwagon, unloyal, half-committed fans! Koa Misi is NOT the reason that we're 5-5. They guy has stepped in and is having a good, not great rookie season. I'm not sure what else you guys can expect from a rookie. He's stepped in and started from day one. So direct your wrath elsewhere....and shut up and get out and actually SUPPORT your team in person. Once some of you ACTUALLY show up to the games, then maybe you can start to have a voice. You're mostly closets fans anyways, so who cares what you have to say. No committment!


In this instance you really don't know what the hell you are talking about. Misi has played very well for us and I think he will only get better.

Let's throw a little more fuel on the fire. I think Chad Henne still has the potential to become a better than average QB in this league. This is only his 2nd year as a starter. I'm going to continue to believe until after his 3rd full year of starting.

Misi also played very well against the Bears. Just so you know.

Another overly critical post by Armando.

It would be interesting to list all the 2nd round picks and see how many of them are starting today. Just a guess, but less than 50%?

Misi "just" 3.5 sacks, how many QB pressures? You left that out Armando, I'd like to know that stat. It's a critical one. So is QB hurries.

The guy is setting the edge very well now, and is a good run stuffer.

How many other SAM LB's in the league are good pass rushers? We all know the answer, very few, that's why guys who can rush are so coveted.

How about mentioning something hopeful, like The guy is just a rookie!! He can and probably will get better!! You make it sound like he's a vet who "is what he is" and will never improve. How long did it take James Harrison to develop into a starter? 5 years? He got better. Misi likely will too.

Your only fair statement was that Misi does not get as many chances as Wake. I'll give you that.

One last thing, when Wake and Misi both rush, that is called a blitz. Three down lineman and two LB's = blitz. So what if Bell rushes with Wake instead. It's still a blitz.

I thought Misi was a reach for a 2nd rounder but let's review.

1st (28th) Odrick. Broke leg in 1st game. Do we need to review our scouting reports or physicals? Or did they gamble? In any case, missed pretty much all his 1st year. 0 contribution

*2nd (40th) Misi. Got 2nd round pic back but paid big time for it. Dropped 16 slots to get him and there were a lot of good players #12-18. Average at best

3rd (73) Jerry Was promising early then mystery illness. Guards have been the weak points in the O-line this year. Average

4th (119) Season ending injury during preseason
o contribution

real post from the Florida Son, today LMAO!

November 27, 2010 at 12:08 pm

So tired of pukejerkesy says:
November 27, 2010 at 1:43 am
Seriously NJ? Whether that pic is you or not, you look like an eastern European fruitcake in your feminine little one piece. The fact that you have some steroid muscles with your little red metrosexual string-tanktop is freaking embarrassing, FOR YOU. Guys like you are meat-head wanna-be- athletes who don’t have a lick of physical skill.

You know, the guys with your popcorn muscles who, when you play them in hoops, they force their as$ and body into you during rebounding b/c they have no REAL physical skill and it’s the only way they will impact the game.

You know, no coordination? The guy whom you pass the ball and it fumbles through his fumbling fingers? You know, the uncoordinated “muscle guy” who every one laugh’s at after we play them in sports.

You know, the guys who offset every single deficiency they have (yeah, that one too) by lifting weights psychotically, to make up for how pathetic they are in every other avenue of life?

I feel sorry for you. Dude, bring back the chicks. It is for your own benefit.

Keep at it buddy! We’re on to you!

November 27, 2010 at 12:03 pm
TROLL , i’ve played div 1 basketball and Football and i’ve also played hockey , my little troll !!. I take up martial arts everyday and I still play in pickup games in basketball and hockey while also playing softball. I feel sorry for you because your jealousy and envy will make you suffer throughout life. You sound pathetic and sad hiding behind names and being so jealous over a guy you’ve never met that’s on blog. To sit here and take the time to talk about somebody makes you a pathetic soul ,may god bless you because you need alot help !! LOL !! what a f’n loser LMFAO

this goofball uncoordinated ham from New Jersey is Phooken 48 yrs old gay male and telling war stories about what he did at 19 yrs old ROTFLMAO!

try a gay dating site, you deformed steroid old man!

NJFinFag - We are all thrilled to hear about your fantasies. Feel better now? You must be one seriously bored and frustrated individual if you find contentment in ruining the blog with adolescent drivel.

LOL, first it was football.then it was football,basketball and hockey!
Next week it will be Olympic swimmer and Kung Fu triple blackbelt! STFU you little 5.8 inch bag of steroid puke!
For the love of God ,your going to be 50 in a few years!shoot some more dope in your hiney.
Seriously drop the picture of the old guy with steroid hair loss and a mini pp,freak!

"I take martial arts every day while on ice skates with a softball bat and play full court basketball with Wade between football games but Wade is not that good,too slow!
Seriously does this Whackjob believe his own Bullsheet!What aF`King Loser!
NJ is arseholeof the year!

I remember the fins draft plan was to build from ground up and get the best core st players and olinemen.Well we suck on both categories.If we had another established playmaker he would only want out just like B.Marshall will call for in the weeks to come.betcha.Mark my words the explosion is to come.

bill Cowher Vontae Davis was a steal I'm just happy we got him or our secondary would get shredded every game but it'd be nice if we got both for sure

You people need to have patience he is just a rookie. How many players come to superstar status in their first year. I'll answer for you not many. Just give him some time to develop. By the way Mr. Ross as much as Sparano has his faults it would be a huge mistake to fire him and hire John Gruden. The only reason Gruden won anything is because of Tony Dungy!

Now "i`m a steroid bodybuilding ice skater that plays basketball, softball and takes martial arts everyday", even on Thanksgiving,Christmas,New Years,Easter and well, every single day.never miss a day because i`m a dedicated martial arts trainer to the stars!Also if you read my stuff i have trained Anthony Fasano from NJ and Brandon Marshall.Now i own 3 houses and have several businesses i manage day to day between expert martial arts weapons training,daily pick up basketball games and two hours of bodybuilding followed by ten hours of celebrity weight training.softball practice three times a week and two day games followed by two night games.Hockey practice two hours a day at four AM and three NHL games a week.Might buy a small stake in the Dolphins, if J-LO will stop calling me!Having dinner with Ross and Donald Trump tonight.Do not know where i find time to blog on four papers 1500 miles from my estate homes and 137 gyms i own in the NJ/NY area.I have my own line of supplememnts with the Rock and am doing a reality show on abs with the situation.Please believe me, this is the truth and you are lucky i`m even on this blog!

Misi stacks up fairly well against all rookie OLB's. In fact I think he mat be first in sacks, and 2nd or third in tackles. Not too bad. He has had his struggles, but all rookies do. I would think that the team is pleased with his play. Anyone calling this pick a bust needs to relax. Misi is fine. It is easy to point out the plays where he gets beaten, or looks overmatched, because they usually end up being big plays. People don't remember the routine plays that get shut down for litlle gain, or when he has set the edge for another teamate to make a play. Someone tell me how many more rookie OLB's have more sacks or tackles combined?

Misi will take a couple years for sure he wasn;t even supposed to have this much impact his first year switching from DE to OLB he will be better when things slow down for him and he becomes more physical he needs more muscle

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