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COACHES CORNER: I liked our Draft and roster moves, but one guy stands out

Discussion in 'Miami Dolphins Forum' started by DOLFANMIKE, Apr 29, 2010.



    Mar 22, 2008
    I'm pretty happy with the focus on defense in this years draft. It was both expected and needed IMO. While I was surprised by many of our selections, I can see how the players fit into what we are doing in Miami.

    Moving Starks inside to NT was something I saw coming long before the draft. While he lined up most the time at DE last season, he did play some NT and looked good no matter where he was on the field. One thing that led me to believe NT was in his future was that many of his big plays at DE did not take place on the edge, or even off tackle. They occured inside on twists and slants inside the OT. He was definately an inside-out player, not outside-in. The is key to playing NT and while he may not have the bulk of some of the fatties that play NT in the NFL, but his quickness and playmaking will make him a great one inside. I know the initial thought was he was just covering until Fergy comes back, but I expect Starks to remain of NT for good. I also think he'll contend for the Pro Bowl at that position.

    Part of that decision on moving Starks was just the perfect fit it made in drafting a player we had high on our boards in DE Odrick. Now we have a big strong DL that can ALL move pretty well, with Odrick, Langford, Merling, etc on the DE rotation we should expect alot of plays in opponents backfield. The LB pressure will just comliment that as Nolan will provide us with a look that can bring pressure inside and out from the LB position. The quality DE's are vital to this process in the scheme because if a DE can create a situation where OL have to double team them, or account for them beyond a typical situation, it creates lanes for our LB's to flow through to stuff the run or sack the passer.

    I have really come to like what we've learned about Misi. He is the ultimate coaches player in terms of hustle and wanting to win. I suspect he'll end up a leader on this defense soon enough. He'll give us the best LB coverage on slots and TE's that we've seen (and Edd's will also be great in that way). I know it's a bit of a reach to say that two or three rookies could make a groundbreaking difference on a team, but really I think Edds, Misi, and the Odrick /Starks additions could take our Nickel from being a weakness to something we win with week after week. How many times have we played well on 1st and 2nd downs only to cough up a poor effort on 3rd down in our Nickel or Dime. I think those days are over Dolfans. These LB's we added can cover and the new DL look is going to give us a great TEAM pass rush. Not one guy, but rather a scheme and team that brings pressure all the time where they choose to from a variety of positions. And I havent even mentioned Dansby yet!

    Karlos Dansby is going to get alot of credit this year from our defensive success because he was a big signing for us and plays a glamor position. I love the fact that while he can rush the passer inside or out, he is even better at coverage. We could run a great 3-3-5 nickel with Dansby, Edds, and Misi as our LB's. All three can cover better than anyone we've had at LB in years. It's going to create some great plays, and turnovers or us. I love that our FO had the forsight to make it happen.

    The one player that has not gotten much attention though that I love is OLB McCoy. This stud has a blazing first step, and while he may not be light out fast, he is has an incredible first few steps. His first step reminds me of Hugh Green back in his prime. If this kids is coachable and can learn the right angles, he may be the talk of this draft as a pure pass rusher. I like Cam Wake, but I will not be shocked if this kid pushes him for the WOLB position as a pure pass rusher. The more video I see on him, the more I say "why not" when assessing who might be our best pass rushers. This guy stands out to me as a steal where we picked him up.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5I3ZpUnlX0"]YouTube- Chris McCoy #98 DE/OLB Middle Tennessee Highlight Film (Part 1)[/ame]

    Here is some footage on McCoy, I think he could be special. Check out that first step and the angles he took in college. Not too bad at all and with those skills it's easy to see how he might compliment everything else that we brought in. The combination of pass rush and coverage LB's could really provide this teams pass defense with a huge upgrade over the last few seasons.
  2. Big Red

    Big Red Long Lasting Freshness

    Oct 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Charlie Casserly said something interesting on PATH TO THE DRAFT last week. You usually have to convert a DE to OLB in a 34 defense so you are projecting whether or not that player will be successful. That makes it a risky move. For that reason he likes taking an OLB in the 2nd round or later because it is going to take time for these guys to fulfill their potential. He specifically mentioned LaMarr Woodley as the perfect example of this.

    If Chris McCoy becomes the next LaMarr Woodley then this draft could end up being one of the best in Dolphins history.

    INTERESTING FACT: McCoy was Erik Walden's backup at Middle Tennessee State.

    INTERESTING FACT #2: NFLDraftScout had McCoy rated higher than Edds.
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  3. Dorfdad

    Dorfdad Well-Known Member

    Dec 9, 2007
    Got me excited for some defensive football!! Now sign Otawai or however you spell it and I will be excited for this defense for 2010-2011
  4. CrunchTime

    CrunchTime Administrator Retired Administrator

    Nov 23, 2007
    I always appreciate your coach's point of view .Good call on Starks .IMO this regime went into the draft with several scenarios in mind.They have strongly being considering moving Starks to NT for a while and when Odrick became available they made it happen.
  5. padre31

    padre31 Premium Member Luxury Box

    Nov 22, 2007
    inching to 100k posts
    A touch ahead of you on McCoy Coach:



    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5I3ZpUnlX0"]YouTube- Chris McCoy #98 DE/OLB Middle Tennessee Highlight Film (Part 1)[/ame]

    From the video, here is what I noticed:

    :30 nice play recognition, they tried to run underneath his arc and he sniffed it out

    1:30..more nice play recognition

    2:52 split a triple team

    4:27 great pursuit down the field

    8:06..epic hold committed on McCoy.

    To me, he needs work on his technique, especially his getoff, that blurb of a report is right in he plays with a narrow base and takes pigeon steps but man can he run an arc..to me he is the sleeper in this draft class.
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  6. Phinatic425

    Phinatic425 MIA State of Mind

    Feb 19, 2010
    Upper Left Corner
    Rocket for an arm, rocket for an arm, lookin' like Chad Henne with a rocket for an arm


    Mar 22, 2008
    Yes, I think that if McCoy turns out to be a coachable guy, the sky is the limit with him.

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