Here's an article from Andy Kent on MiamiDolphins.com
.When Karlos Dansby signed his free agent contract at the beginning of March he expected to be under immediate scrutiny by the South Florida football fans because he is being asked to take on an integral role on defense. His resume after six seasons in Arizona as one of the anchors of the Cardinals’ defense speaks for itself – 563 tackles, 25.5 sacks, 25 passes defensed, 12 forced fumbles and 10 interceptions from his inside linebacker spot, and he is ready for the responsibility that comes with his new role.
“I wouldn’t call it a weight. I’d just call it an opportunity to be great, and that’s what I’m trying to be right now,” Dansby said after a recent OTA session at the team’s training facility in Davie. “I’m taking all major steps to try to be great. We are having a good time. I’m meshing well. You know, all the guys, we’re talking to each other. We are doing a lot of different stuff off the field and on the field, so I’d say we’re meshing real well right now.”
Dansby will be lining up next to the only returning starter from last year among the linebackers, Channing Crowder, and the two of them will be breaking in new starters on the outside. Second-round draft pick Koa Misi will compete for the weak side starting job with the likes of Charlie Anderson while second-year man Cameron Wake will try to fend off Quentin Moses among others
We know Dansby is going to be a stud on defense as Nolan his going to come up with some crazy/brilliant schemes. The questions I have is can Crowder return to the same form he was at when playing with ZT and can Wake and Misi be the starters we need them to be. I see Wake have a Dumerville break out year. Nolan knows his strenth is getting after the QB and he is going to put him in the best places for him to succeed. My biggest question is how is Misi going to stand up at the SOLB? Will he be able to consistently set the edge? As a rookie I would be happy if he had a similar performance to what Roth had the year before we cut him.Wake is eager to prove he belongs as a starter on the same unit as Dansby and that he can develop into an all-around linebacker and not just a pass rusher. He did manage to rack up 5.5 sacks in limited action last season, but he remains his own biggest critic and committed himself to getting bigger and stronger during the offseason. Having played behind six-time Pro Bowler Jason Taylor, Wake feels like he learned a lot, and now he’s looking forward to picking up good habits from Dansby.
“He’s another veteran guy who obviously is a big playmaker,” Wake said. “Obviously, having a guy like that on the field you can count on, there’s not much more you can say about the guy. I know the way he feels. He wants to go out there and he wants to make big plays and having that kind of guy on your side, you don’t need to say much more. Maybe everybody will try to block him and free things up for me.”
New defensive coordinator Mike Nolan has worked with some of the greatest inside linebackers in the history of the game, like Ray Lewis in Baltimore, and Dansby fits the mold of linebackers Nolan does well with.
Dansby already has been impressed by Nolan’s energy and enthusiasm as well as the types of schemes he draws up, which are designed to put playmakers like Dansby in position to make game-changing plays. He is a little familiar with the kind of defense Nolan likes to run but he is learning something new all the time.