Dolphins Trusting in Nolan’s Notions

24 Apr

New defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is a master schemer. It is becoming clear during this draft that the Trifecta is handing him the keys to the defense and letting him tinker away.

Within the last 48 hours the Dolphins have switched to a 3-4/4-3 hybrid defense, and snagged the most versatile defensive lineman in the draft to help make it happen. We’ve also announced that Randy Starks is going to move inside to nose tackle (Can you really call a 310lb man “undersized”?).

What does this slight move away from a pure 3-4 mean? Mainly, we’ll be harder to game plan for. Nolan mixes it up constantly, throwing look after look at offenses. He is being trusted to wreak havoc.

Mike Nolan is going to be leaned on a good bit this season, and it’s starting to show in a major way. Can we officially call them “The Quadfecta” yet?

UPDATE: Another defensive player added in the 4th, LB A.J. Edds from Iowa. What’s interesting about him? Experience at every linebacking spot (I expect him to push Crowder, big time). Second round OLB Koa Misi is another guy with experience with both hands in the dirt, and from a standing position. First rounder Jared Odrick is almost beyond classification due to his versatility. Nolan is being given interchangable parts here folks, and I expect him to have a lot of fun moving everyone around, giggling maniacally while offensive coordinators try and figure out what the hell we’re doing.

Mad scientist in a sportscoat? You decide!


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