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See why Dolphins want upgrade at MLB

Watch the video below.

It is a compilation of Alex Mack highlights from 2013. Mack, the center for the Cleveland Browns, truly is among the best at his position in the NFL. But that's not the reason the video is on here.

The reason comes around the :34 second mark.

In that play you see Trent Richardson taking the ball around his 48 yard line and gaining 11 yards to around the Dolphin 41 yard line.

In that play you see Mack getting to the second level and locking on to Dolphins middle linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. And you see Mack driving Ellerbe back ...

... and back.

... and back.

Richardson is tackled by Dolphins safety Chris Clemons. Meanwhile, a couple of more yards down the field, Ellerbe is still being blocked by Mack.

The Dolphins middle linebacker got locked up just beyond the line of scrimmage. He didn't get off the block, like, at all. And he got driven off the line of scrimmage some 15 or so yards by the time the running play ends.

And you wonder why the Dolphins run defense struggled in 2013?

And you wonder why the Dolphins are working with Koa Misi as the middle linebacker now and Ellerbe, signed to a five-year, $34.75 million contract last year, was a bust in his first year with Miami?

Yes, Ellerbe was second on the team with 101 tackles. But only three of his tackles were for a loss. Three tackles for losses is the same number Reshad Jones had in 2013.

And Jones plays safety, often 15 yards off the line of scrimmage. 

(Anyway, watch the video before I continue below. Remember, the play in question starts at the :34 second mark.)


The Dolphins hoped Ellerbe could be their new Zach Thomas or Bryan Cox (he played MLB for a year in Miami) or John Offerdahl. He had been a solid fill-in for Ray Lewis when Lewis was injured in Baltimore.

But the move simply did not translate in Miami.

And so what to do with a player who is making $6 million this year, is costing $7.425 million against the salary cap, and cannot be cut because the move would weigh the Dolphins down with $11.6 million in dead money.

So Ellerbe is headed outside, with Misi now the MLB.

Why Misi?

Well, the attempt to sign D'Qwell Jackson in free agency did not pan out. He went to the Colts. The idea of drafting Ryan Shazier did not pan out. He was drafted by the Steelers before the Dolphins could even make a decision on the clock. And Jordan Tripp, drafted in the fifth round, is not ready.

Sooo ...

Koa Misi, everyone.

"Since I’ve been here, one of the things that we’ve emphasized strongly have been fundamentals on defense whether it is block protection, pursuit, tackling, creating turnovers," coach Joe Philbin said Monday. "One of the things we’ve liked about him, that I’ve liked in particular, is when we do a year-end cut-up and we show examples how to take on a block, how to tackle properly, how to pursue the football. He shows up on a lot of those cut-ups.

"Football, as I like to tell the team, is not complicated. Defensively, we want to do those things. We want to see him do those things and we want to take a look at him from the interior, from the middle. We think he has great leadership qualities. We think his play has certainly exemplified that over the course of period of time that I’ve been here. He plays football the right way, so we are going to see how we adjust to that position and how he relates to the other players at his position and the defense in general. So far he’s done a nice job."

Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said he's not ready to commit to Misi as the starting MLB just yet. But, honestly, what choice does he presently have?

Brian Urlacher is not walking through that door. (Well, maybe he might in Dallas.)

So ... Misi.

“I’ve always been open to anything," Misi said, thus dismissing an inaccurate report that he was unhappy with the move to the middle. "Like I said to these guys, since I got here, I’ve been switching positions. I’m always open to try something new. Like I said, if it works, it works and, if not, we’ll go back to the way things were."

So far, it is working as far as adjusting to the new spot and comfort level are concerned.

"I’ve played defensive end, I’ve played outside linebacker (and) all of our reads were from the outside in," Misi said. "I was walked out on number two. I’m playing Mike (linebacker) now, I’m in the middle. I’m reading everything inside out. I’m dropping in the middle. Everything’s different. I’ve got a lot more calls to make. I’ve got a lot more reads. With work, it will get better.”

 "Once I get this defense down playing, playing Mike, I think I'll be all right.

"I’m already feeling a lot more comfortable."


The team didn't ask him what he thought of the move.

"They just told me they were thinking about some things," Ellerbe said. "I’m down for it. Where ever I can stay in and get comfortable and be able to help the team and play my best, I don’t care where they put me."

The Dolphins are still in the middle linebacker market. As they should be. They'll keep an eye out for possible candidates as teams make cuts between now and training camp and then again before the regular season.

The next phase of this experiment is obviously to see how Misi handles the middle when hitting begins. Then everyone will see how he handles the middle when the preseason games begin.

Amazingly, a team that paid so much to fill its middle linebacker spot a year ago still has uncertainty with the quality of play at that position.


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With the exception of Grimes, FA's come to Miami for the paycheck and don't care about performing.

We are the least improved team in the division, maybe in the AFC.

Marino proves once again just how stupid he is.

Cut Dansby because of Philbin.

Philbin is really organized and punctual

Marino misdirections: 1. '94 Spike play. 2. 2004 accepts job as Dolphins VP, quits after 3 weeks. 3. In '14 sues NFL, changes mind next day.

Marino is a dumb rodent.

Decision making is really an issue for the Dolphins. Ireland spent money on the linebackers but came up not getting what he paid for. It's on the ACORN GM. Moreover what troubles me on offense is that Mike Sherman was so bad that one has to question Philbin's lack of judgement.

Promichael, has arrived to state what's been posted 9000 times already.

I'll tell you what's stupid is watching media/people trying to make hype and fabricate some kind of story about the lawsuit. I could care less about the whole thing. The only unfortunate part is it gave some an opportunity to take cheap shots and be a smartass.

Get off the site Great your to dumb to know what your posting on the site.

Take off your Marino goggles. What a buffoon that guy is to not realize he was filing a lawsuit? He is either a liar or dumber that cat poop.

Posted by: Orlando Dolphan | June 03, 2014 at 06:07 PM

Most people on here know Philbin is not the guy. But three non-winning seasons an no playoffs might be the end of his tenure.

Stay in the Closet Great!

your to dumb to know what your posting on the site.

Posted by: Great's Therapist and Lover | June 03, 2014 at 07:32 PM

This blogger (Gee I wonder who it is) is calling others dumb and he doesn't even know how to spell simple words.

Oh yeah Dumboak is here

Most people on here know Philbin is not the guy. But three non-winning seasons an no playoffs might be the end of his tenure.

Posted by: Darkoak | June 03, 2014 at 07:32 PM


I'll be a gambler and be the first to be in Ol Joe's corner. He won 8 games last year while making a ton of mistakes. Maybe he corrects just enough of them.

I wouldn't call it a sure bet for sure but the circus has to end at some point.

Hey Dolfan Rick! All I see when I see Philbin is an administrator, not a leader of men unfortunately. The cue cards sealed my impression of him.

I'm sure you trolls are all here because you only made the right decisions and didn't make any mistakes. So the guy may have made a mistake and went for some dollars. Who among us have not chased dollars? Hello?

Darkoak magically appears :)

Do not be shy Dumboak we just want to have some fun with you. I mean how often does someone as dumb as you post on this site. Well most likely a lot but you are the best of the best when it comes to being dumb.

Posted by: Darkoak | June 03, 2014 at 07:46 PM
There it is Dumboak trying to write and seem intelligent. How Dumb Thou Art Dumboak.

Posted by: Great's Therapist and Lover | June 03, 2014 at 07:54 PM

Your <> You're

You probably right Darkoak but maybe he's just not a public speaker who knows.

Well how dumb is that Dumboak trying to put down Joe Philbin. Dumboak you can not even administrate to an original thought on this site.


It is a pleasure to diaper you.

What's wrong with trying to earn a little money? Here's the most likely scenario. Someone lawyer type of ambulance chaser told Marino....blah blah blah...you'll get millions if you are part of the lawsuit and will provide protection for you and your family in the future in case of any problems.

I only heard the word millions all the rest was blah blah blah. How about you?

Darkoak, I'm really impressed at how many friends you have on this site. Perhaps you should consider running for some kind of political office on the site.


When Parcells was here? that was 2008 not 2004.


It's because Ross has already decided to clean house.
Evidently Marino is the only person that can call quality employee prospects without getting hung up on.

Phans, and you think that is a reasonable excuse for a wealthy ex NFL player, ex TV analyst? I mean, someone with money to have lawyers and advisors to fall for a gimmick like that?

Marino is as dumb as an chimps bottom,

Posted by: FckFace | June 03, 2014 at 08:24 PM



What Ivy league school were you a mascot for. Was it the one that has a donkey as a mascot?

Dr. Dawn, if you are foolish enough to respond to ETF-FCKFACE-ET AL, you are just as freakin pathetic.

Get a life OOO I'm just having some fun with it all.

Dan Marino

Oh, I didn't realize they were making me a suicide bomber, I thought it was a bullet proof vest

What a dumb fuhk

Get a life OOO I'm just having some fun with it all.

Posted by: Dr. Dawn | June 03, 2014 at 08:50 PM

Um, if this is how you have fun...I'd say you need a life.

When Dr Dawn was in 3rd grade, they asked him what he wanted to be when he grows up. He said, a blogger that spends his time responding to pathetic individuals.

Thought Home 4 GM had us all signed up w MLB 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Luke Kuechly

The Dolphins should be set now for 12 years

Great Job Home !

Go gogo girl still doesn't understand the difference between truth and opinion.

So Reaching for a QB @ #8
might have worked for some desperate reaching fans

Instead of Kuechly
The Best player at his position in the entire NFL

Home 4 GM

Most coverage in decades for the Browns

Home said the Browns would be building a better football team than the Dolphins

of course
u didn't listen

U will suffer


Imagine if we had SURED UP the linebacker spot and had MOORE starting.
Would have been a much better team. Cheaper to

writing styles

just sayin

Imagine if bloggers just enjoyed reading the post they were interested in, instead of jumping to paranoid conclusions that are wrong 99% of the time

"Tuesday did not start swimmingly for Johnny Manziel.

Taking snaps with Cleveland's first and second team during organized team activities, the rookie quarterback threw a trio of interceptions to Browns defenders.

After flinging the ball to undrafted safety Robert Nelson in positional drills, Manziel tossed a second pick during a full-squad heave that landed in the arms of veteran Donte Whitner, who took it to the house. Lightning struck again when Johnny Football misfired on a sideline route that cornerback Joe Haden pulled out of the sky for another pick six, per The Plain Dealer."

LOL have any comments homey bahahaha! Tpuke still blows

Johnny looks pretty bad. What's your excuse homey? DONT BE A YG (I mean hypocrite) now

Johnny throws moore pick 6ers then tpuke! And tpuke cannt even beat Lewis the Thad and Geno Smalls

World IS upside DOWN

Johnny THROWS moore THEN schaub


Posted by: OOO | June 03, 2014 at 08:54 PM

Yes responding to the pathetic such as yourself is what I do Pathetic Moron.

Yes OOO responding to the pathetic is what he does. However OOO you are much more pathetic than anyone he has ever responded to....

Opinions are ignored, truth hurts

hold them on 4th and 13 and boom instantly in the playoffs


that's what I said

I do not believe in "I know nothing"

Looks like they want to put to sleep Go gogo...so my time is running out

I will stay with the truth and nothing but the truth until the end

Go Gogo fuuug yor self

Funny how HOMEY disappears when SOMEONE calls Johnny out bahahahahaha! Can repost all these articles but can't backup the one against his BOIIIII!!!


Homey is tooooooo HAARPed up to respond BAHAHAHAHA

ohhhhhh johnnnny bo boooooney fi phhoooooney

what a Loser

flava of the month

Johnny manziel plays like home drank a whole bottle of johhny walker



Homes in Hiding until Johnny comes Out to Play 4 Real

more like Homey Manziel

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