Aug 9, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan (95) during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Everbank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins Dion Jordan Playing Wrong Position

On draft day in April, there weren’t too many Miami Dolphins fans more excited about Jeff Ireland’s trade up to draft Oregon’s stud defender Dion Jordan, than I was.

A freakish athlete with physical attributes that reminded fans of Miami Dolphins legend Jason Taylor, he was supposed to come in and be the bookend compliment to Cameron Wake.

So far this season, with the emergence of Olivier Vernon, coupled with Jordan’s slow development setting the edge while defending the run, and the disappointment that has been Weakside Backer Phillip Wheeler; I’ve begun wondering if the Dolphins aren’t playing Jordan at the wrong position.

I look at Denver’s Von Miller as an example to the type of role Jordan can play for the Fins if given the opportunity. Serving as a stand up Linebacker on early downs and as a 3rd down pass rush specialist.

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Jordan’s movement skills, coverage ability, & motor in pursuit, Jordan would be a dominating presence on the Weakside with his size. Providing someone who could defend opposing Tight Ends, blitz, and rush the passer with his hand in the dirt during key pass rushing situations.

Middle Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe hasn’t been as great as advertised this year but he’s been much better than Wheeler, & Koa Misi is ranked top 10 at his position by PFF as he is ever so solid on the Strongside. So adding Jordan to the back 3 of the front 7 may be the spark that brings some consistency to the the defense’s performance and allows him to provide more impact than he’s generated so far during his rookie year.

It’s been a roller coaster ride all year for the Dolphins defense and for the team as a whole, but the key to making a playoff push the way they hope to is to utilize their talent wisely.

Supposedly, Jordan is going to see increased playing time against the Panthers, with most of it coming covering Greg Olsen and spying on Cam Newton. Hopefully the coaching staff’s epiphany equals a winning recipe. Fins Up!!

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  • jon velazquez

    we are not utilizing our talent! We have three stud DTs. why not put soliai in the middle with starks and odrick on either side? wake and jordan as the olb and ellerbe & misi or wheeler in the middle. rotate vernon in at de as he has earned it. it gives us more versitility. & while we are at it, it doesnt make sense to try to upgrade the pass rush but play an off zone coverage in the backend. you gotta play bump and run. think madison/surtain. force the issue! force the offense to make plays under duress!

    a few other quick thoughts: read an article, got me thinking…

    hire carl peterson as the football czar that reports to ross. hire marino as assistant that reports to peterson, have coach and gm report to marino.

    offensive line needs a complete over haul in the off season. it doesnt matter what other improvements are made, if the o-line isnt fixed we will lose. Free agency and the draft needs to focus on the o-line exclusively.

    phillip wheeler was a wasted signing. not enough positions on the field for him unless someone goes down.

    if you draft someone 3rd overall and you trade up to get him, you better find a way to get him on the field!

  • FinFan68

    Jordan is a wildcard and he needs to be used as such. With Jordan on the field, they can transition between 4-3 and 3-4 (and even nickel depending on the offensive personnel). He is a dynamic athlete and as the article says pursues the ball carrier well. The Miami Dolphins are at a crossroads right now. It is sink or swim and they all know it. I expect them to come out aggressive on both sides of the ball. Tannehill will roll out more and there will be several quick passes to mitigate the pass rush of Carolina. Carolina is a good team but this is a winnable game for Miami (even though none of the “experts” give them a shot.

    I disagree with Jon’s comments about Peterson and Marino. Mostly because I can’t stand Peterson and I don’t think a cerebral, time-consuming position fits Marino very well. He just doesn’t strike me as a front-office kinda guy.