A South Florida Sun-Sentinel report today raises an interesting move for the Miami Dolphins this offseason. As the team looks to establish itself under new head coach Joe Philbin, one player may be looking to establish himself at a new position. Drafted as a defensive end out of college, and spending the last two years as an outside linebacker for the Dolphins, Koa Misi may soon find himself at inside linebacker, battling with Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett for playing time.
According to the report, the Dolphins are looking at moving Misi to the inside linebacker position, where they believe his instincts on the field will increase his production. In his final year at the University of Utah, Misi tallied 71 tackles from his defensive end position.
The Dolphins, who list a 3-4 formation as their base defense, actually ran more plays with a four man defensive front last season. That trend is expected to continue into this upcoming season, as the Dolphins continue a "3-4 hybrid" defense. The Dolphins are expected to be looking for a pass rusher this offseason, either in the draft or in free agency, to pair opposite outside linebacker Cameron Wake. With this news about Misi's possible move, it only makes that need even more pressing.
The Dolphins currently have Randy Starks, Jared Odrick, and Tony McDaniel under contract as defensive linemen.