With Edds our promising coverage linebacker out for the season and a crowded rotation at RDE,
would it be wise to MOVE Koa Misi to backup RILB behind Karlos Dansby. I would advocate using Misi and Dansby as ILB in Nolan's 2-4-5 nickel defense. I think Misi and Dansby would be awesome and would allow Alama-Francis/Wake and Grant/McCoy to primarily rush the passer while they covered the TE/RB.
Koa Misi seems to me to be more Karlos Dansby than Matt Roth or Jason Taylor
Misi can blitz, can cover, and can pursue sideline to sideline.
My proposal is to use Alama-Francis and Charles Grant as SOLB (Grant may need to drop 10-15 pounds, but he is certainly Matt Roth size, pre-shift to SOLB).Grant is currently listed as 6-3 285, but maybe he could get to 6-3 270 or 6-3 275.
There are two major drawbacks:
Charles Grant needs to serve a 4 game suspension and he needs to learn how to drop into coverage and play standing up.
Here's how I would address these shortcomings.
During Grant's 4 game suspension, use Misi as a backup SOLB or Erik Walden /Charlie Anderson as a backup SOLB (Walden will be needed for the Buffalo game v. Spiller) and who gets cut when Grant returns.
When Grant is active, use him as a backup SOLB and primary LDE in the 4 man nickel line. He would be dynamic as a rushing end paired with Wake or McCoy.
Grant, who signed a two-year deal worth up to $4.5 million, is competing with Marques Douglas, Tony McDaniel, Ryan Baker and Lionel Dotson for one of the defensive end spots behind Kendall Langford and Jared Odrick, who appear to be the two starters.
Considering the Dolphins will likely keep seven to nine defensive linemen — factoring in nose tackles Randy Starks and Paul Soliai — on the 53-man roster, it's unrealistic that all those ends make the cut.
That's why Grant's doing everything to make sure he's a survivor. If Grant can re-create his scrimmage performance, he might not only make the 53-man roster, but could enter the four-man defensive end rotation as a pass-rushing specialist.
So, what do you think?