This offseason Karlos Dansby signed a 5 year $43 million dollar contract with the Miami Dolphins, so I guess in his mind he has 43 million reason why he is the best linebacker in the NFL. On 8/13 it was reported by Pro Football Talk that Dansby told reporters he was “the best” when he was asked to rank himself. There is nothing wrong with a little self-confidence but Dansby might be feeling himself a lil bit too much. Not sure if he has forgotten about a few other linebackers in the NFL that might take an exception to his statement.
DeMarcus Ware (Cowboys) might have something to say about Dansby’s self-appointed #1 status; Ware has had 4 consecutive seasons of double-digit sacks while anchoring the Dallas Cowboys’ defense. Not only can Ware rush the passer but he has improved his run defense along with his coverage capabilities; he has made himself into a complete 3 down player.
For Dansby to truly be “the best” he will have to put together more seasons like his last 2 seasons with the Cardinals; so calling yourself the best is easy while being the best means putting in the work not in the work not only during the season but in the offseason as well. Being paid BIG money has a lot of responsibilities; that means Dansby will have to shed the label of not being a hard worker in the offseason and become the leader of that Dolphins’ defense.
While Dansby proclaims to be the best, I guarantee the likes of Ware, James Harrison (Steelers), Patrick Willis (49ers), Brian Urlacher (Bears) and Keith Bulluck (Giants) are putting in that work necessary to be the best. Keep an eye out especially for Urlacher and Bulluck; both veterans are coming off injuries and have something to prove. Bulluck recently told the Newark Star-Ledger…
He’s only inches away from making plays he used to make, Bulluck said of his surgically repaired knee right now: “It’s scary how good it feels.”
Soon all the talking will be over and we will see who is “the best”!
Linebacker – Top 10 according to ESPN’s Insider:
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If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!