Nick Buoniconti, Zach Thomas, John Offerdahl, A.J. Duhe, all great Miami Dolphins LB’s. Karlos Dansby could have been but never took the next step. Between his mouth and his inconsistent play, he could never win over the fans 100%. Dannelle Ellerbe wants to be that guy.
Ellerbe recently spoke with a member of the Baltimore Sun and said that he is ready to start his own “legacy” in Miami. The Dolphins and their fans hope so too. Ellerbe has the physical talent to be great and he speaks more with caution than simple ego. When asked why he was brought to Miami he told the media that he was here to “Knock off the Patriots” but made sure that the media understood that it was something that they needed to prove and not simply talk about.
Ellerbe is entering Miami as Ray Lewis’ back-up which means that he has learned from perhaps the best LB in the NFL and one of the best NFL LB’s in the history of the NFL. He has learned how to be a leader and what being a leader means. How to act, what to expect from the rest of your team. How he translates that in Miami is up to him.
Ellerbe will also bring something that few other Dolphins players have. A Super Bowl ring on his finger. The Dolphins have had players on their roster in the past that had previously won Super Bowls on other teams and Ellerbe may be no different than the rest of them. However, this team seems more unified than those teams in the past.
The offense and the defense are no longer segregated by positions and the units intermingle regularly. Doing so allows both sides to understand the other more in depth both personally and professionally. It allows members on the offense to see what a player like Ellerbe is trying to accomplish as a leader.
How Ellerbe is remembered in Miami will not be conclusive at the end of the 2013 season but a great season will go a long way to impressing fans and instilling confidence in his fellow teammmates.