When the Miami Dolphins signed Karlos Dansby, prior to the 2010 season, they thought they were getting a play-making linebacker who would provide more big, game-changing plays. The Dolphins gave Dansby a 5 year contract worth $43 mil, with $22 guaranteed. In 2010, the Dolphins didn’t exactly get their money’s worth (3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 4 passes defensed, and 95 tackles). Through the early part of 2011, Dansby again failed to live up to the contract he signed. Through 8 games he had 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles, 52 tackles, and 1 pass defensed. However, on Sunday, Dansby went off (1 sack, 1 INT, 2 passes defensed, and 10 tackles). That is the type of performance the Dolphins were hoping to get from Dansby when they signed him. That, is an impact player.
So, why has Dansby become the self proclaimed “Best MLB in the NFL”? Why did the light bulb finally go on? Well, it seems that Dansby was undisciplined on his diet during the Lockout. Dansby admitted as much, saying he was out of shape when he reported to training camp at 270 lbs…..He’s currently at 246 lbs (his normal playing weight). So here is one of the Dolphins Captains, admitting that he showed up to training camp, out of shape. How long did it take Dansby to finally get ‘in shape’? The numbers tell the story. Through the first 7 games of the season, Dansby was virtually invisible in the heart of the Dolphins defense. Through the last 2 weeks, he’s really made his presence known. He’s averaged 10.5 tackles per game in the last 2 weeks versus 5.8 per game through the first 7 weeks of the season.
What I have issue with is that Karlos is the Dolphins Captain. How can we expect younger players to learn from Karlos, when he’s setting a bad example about how to be a professional? You have to wonder how many other Dolphins players arrived to camp out of shape. Maybe THAT is a big part of why the team has struggled so much early in the season? Maybe that TOP 5 defense that we heard about so much, prior to the season, is just now hitting their stride after shedding the holiday (lockout) weight?
Also remember, this is the same Karlos Dansby who told Dolphins fans how much he ‘sacrificed’ and how much he ‘puts into this’. It’s not fair to rip the fans who are disappointed in a franchise that has let them down for years, especially when YOU can’t even watch your weight and report to camp in shape. Dansby has the ability to be a great linebacker, but he has to work for it…and he knows it. THAT’S what makes him arriving at camp 24 lbs overweight all the more annoying. He’s one of the supposed leaders of the defense….Hopefully next season, he comes to camp ready to ‘lead’ the Dolphins defense from week 1. Because this defense is one of the main reasons that this Dolphins season is going to be filled with nothing more than meaningless December games.