Apparently two wins makes you great. At least in the mind of Miami Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby. I love confident players and if a player is asked who the best at his position is, sometimes it’s o.k. to say “Me!”. Sometimes it’s o.k. to yell it out so everyone knows. I mean if you asked John Elway or Dan Marino who was the best QB when they played, you can bet they wouldn’t have pointed at each other before the man that stared back in the mirror. Dansby however thinks that he is the best LB in the NFL. Really?
Call it confidence, call it ego, call it whatever you want but smart wouldn’t be the word I would use. Especially coming off the teams first two wins of the season.
“I’m better than everybody,” he said, according to NFL.com VIA the Miami Herald.“Everybody. Period. Point blank. I just haven’t had the recognition, man. I’m more versatile than everybody. Period. Point blank. I’m more versatile than everybody. Hands down. I can do it all. I can take the tight end. I can check the running backs. You don’t have to put me in one hole, I ain’t no hole guy. You can play man-to-man all over the field, man. I can do it all. I can hit guys. I can drop in coverage. I can blitz the quarterback. I got, what, 28 sacks, almost 30 sacks.
Dansby has been in Miami for two years and to say that he has been the unquestionable leader of the teams defense would be a lie. The truth is only in the last two weeks has Dansby stepped up his game to the point that you stand and applaud. Until these last two weeks, Dansby played like most of the others, he simply supported the system instead of owning it.
This is not to take anything away from what Dansby has done in the past two weeks, he is everything that the Dolphins thought they were getting from him when they signed him to a big free agent contract to kick-off last season. But so far, it’s been two standout games and that hardly makes you think that Dansby is the elite NFL LB let alone the best in the game.
Dansby by his own admission believes that he can cover the TE something that in Miami has not been done in at least 5 years if not more, so please explain further what TE you are covering…the one who stays in to block or the two you have faced in the last two weeks? I enjoy his confidence but he has hardly made a name for himself, he even says he doesn’t get the recognition, making plays gets you on ESPN KD. Make more of them.
I recall back at the start of the season when Vontae Davis announced that he and Sean Smith were the best tandem in the NFL on the corners. I wonder if the team would be far better than 2-7 if they were? I mean it seems to me that the Dolphins have at least a couple of superstars, the best the NFL has to offer on their defense, yet, their defense still is one of the worst ranked in the NFL. Guess they don’t take that into consideration.
Truth be told, Dansby has the potential to be one of the best in the NFL but he is so far off right now that he won’t make it there anytime soon. He needs his play to stand out more than a couple of games. He needs to become a vocal leader and a leader who leads by example. Until then, he won’t get the cred that he believes he deserves. Best LB in the NFL? Maybe top 10.