Tag:Karlos Dansby
Posted on: October 25, 2011 11:03 am
Edited on: November 1, 2011 2:39 pm
 

Dolphins were in wrong defense on Tebow score

How to be 0-6 without really trying: look shocked when Tebow runs a QB draw. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

This goes a long way in explaining a) why the Dolphins are 0-6, and b) why they seemed like the only people surprised when Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow ran the Tebow Sneak on the game-tying two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter (Hint: you don't have plays named after you unless you have previously done something to make them famous. In Tebow's case, he ran some variation of the quarterback draw approximately two billion times in college.): On the game's most important play, Miami was in the wrong defense.

In case you missed it, the video evidence:


Denver Quarterback Tim Tebow capped off a miraculous 4th quarter comeback by sending the game to overtime, with this 2 point conversion in the final seconds of regulation against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

After the loss -- one that saw the Broncos score 15 points in the final minutes -- Dolphins defensive end Kendall Langford admitted that "everyone in the stadium knew he was going to run it." Everyone, it seems, except head coach Tony Sparano and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. On that fateful, game-tying play, Miami had five defensive backs, three linemen and three linebackers on the field, apparently under the impression that Tebow, who had amassed a whopping 24 passing yards midway through the third quarter, was going to throw the ball.

The Palm Beach Post's Brian Biggane notes that "Run-stoppers Langford, nose tackle Paul Soliai and defensive end Randy Starks typically are on the field in Miami's goal-line defense. But all three were on the sideline in the scheme defensive coordinator Mike Nolan used against the Denver formation that employed four wide receivers."

Defensive lineman Tony McDaniel, who played nose tackle on the play, was more succinct: "We had the wrong personnel on the field, to be honest. They spread us out and ran it up the middle."

He then echoed teammate Langford. "I always knew (Tebow) was going to try to run the ball when they got in the red zone. He just found a way, made a play and they got a win."

And just in case it wasn't clear, Langford reiterated the point one last time.

"We weren't in a goal-line package," he said. "Everybody at home watching knew what the call was. That was obvious."

Obvious to everyone but Nolan. Which brings us to this: what happened? Nolan got the 49ers head coaching gig in 2005 after coordinating up the Ravens' defense. He lasted three years in San Francisco and spent a season with the Broncos before landing in Miami.

The Sun-Sentinel's David Hyde points to a string of "wait, what did he just do?" decisions by Nolan in 2011:

1. Karlos Dansby wasn't on the field for Cleveland's game-winning touchdown drive.
2. Cameron Wake was asked to cover Santonio Holmes, which resulted in a touchdown.
3. The aforementioned two-point Tebow conversion

If you're looking for a silver lining, this is the best we can do: there's only 600 minutes left in the Dolphins' season.


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Posted on: October 20, 2011 10:21 am
 

'Suck for Luck' is not cool by Karlos Dansby

A. Luck is the subject of the Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If you want to upset Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby, if you want to get his heart pumping rapidly, bring up the Suck for Luck campaign and watch him go.

In case you’re stuck under the bad vibes created by some of the worst teams in the NFL -- I’m looking at you, Dolphins, Rams, Colts and Vikings -- Suck for Luck is the idea that a team will tank the rest of the season in order to gain the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft, which that team then could use to select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

But to suggest that a professional athlete would tank games for the sake of something that would happen next year, when that athlete might or might not still be on that team, is insulting to Dansby.

“It’s not right, bro. It’s not right,” Dansby told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “We put too much into this, man, to have the fans say that --  period, point blank -- or even promote that campaign. It’s kind of sad.”

Go on …

“It pisses me off,” he said. “I don’t understand nothing about that. I put too many hours into this, man, put too many years into this, sacrificed too much to ask somebody to put that stipulation on me and my teammates. Because I know how much we put into this.”

Dansby then was asked if he’d consider sitting out the final games of the season in order to insure losses for his team. In his answer, he said the word “no” eight times and the phrase “not going to happen” twice in the span of his 31-word response.

He also said this: “Man, we got 11 games. What are you talking about? We can’t look at next season. We’ve got 11 games. We can win ‘em out, and then what? Then you’d be biting your tongue. Those guys that are saying that are fair-weather fans. They’re not real Dolphins fans.”

Or maybe they’re the biggest Dolphins fans of all. With the team rowing in circles, with coach Tony Sparano almost assuredly gone, with quarterback Chad Henne’s fate still up in the air, you could understand why the fans would be dreaming about Luck -- a guy who maybe, possibly could turn around an organization.

Just don’t mention it to Dansby.

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Posted on: January 10, 2011 6:53 pm
 

BCS Championship podcast with Karlos Dansby

Posted by Will Brinson

You might think because tonight's all about our college brethren, we have nothing to contribute. You'd be wrong.

See, we got a hold of Miami Dolphins linebacker and Auburn alum Karlos Dansby to chat about the BCS title game, Jim Harbaugh's hiring (Ed. Note: the interview actually happened on Friday, so it was "breaking" at the time), Tony Sparano getting run around on by Stephen Ross, Cam Newton's NFL hopes, whether Chad Henne can be a quarterback for a playoff contender, who he thinks will win the BCS title game, and what he does when he hangs out with Charles Barkley.

Bonus: Newton and Nick Fairley make a guest "appearance" as they come walking by Dansby and screaming and whooping and whatnot. It's rather comical.

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Posted on: December 26, 2010 11:42 am
Edited on: December 26, 2010 12:17 pm
 

Week 16 AFC Inactives

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, those who ARE active: Jaguars WR Mike Sims-Walker, Ravens CB Chris Carr, Jets QB Mark Sanchez (who is starting), Colts RB Joseph Addai, Browns NT Shaun Rogers.

Now, those who are NOT active:

Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars:
We figured this was coming, but still, it’s important to note that this is the first time Jones-Drew has missed a game due to injury. Rashad Jennings will take over, and he should be fine today.

Aaron Hernandez, TE, Patriots:
The rookie TE who has been so impressive this season didn’t travel with his team to Buffalo, so this isn’t a surprising. Look for Rob Gronkowski to get even more action.

Todd Heap, TE, Ravens:
He's been dealing with a hamstring issue, and after an inconsistent week of practice, he's sitting down today.

Karlos Dansby, LB, Dolphins:
Miami will miss one of its best linebackers, but Dansby is dealing with a toe injury and didn't practice all week.

Chad Ochocinco, WR, Bengals:
Apparently, Ochocinco tweeted today that he was inactive. With this guy, though, I would wait until the official inactive list comes out to confirm it.

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Posted on: November 13, 2010 3:27 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 8:40 pm
 

Week 10 injury news and analysis, part II

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Patriots at Steelers


It was big news Friday when Tom Brady was listed as probable with a right shoulder on New England’s injury report (everybody in the Northeast let out a HUGE exhale). But he also was spotted limping Friday, and he declined to comment to the media about why. This obviously would be a problem if he’s called upon to move around in the pocket or to scramble.

In other New England injury news, RB Fred Taylor is listed as questionable with his turf toe injury. He was limited in practice all week, but the team also might want to hold off inserting him into a game before he’s completely healthy. He hasn’t played since Week 3.

UPDATE (8:38 p.m.): New England has downgraded three players to "out." That includes OG Stephen Neal, RB Fred Taylor and DE Myron Taylor. None of them will play Sunday.

Steelers DE Brett Keisel has missed three straight games because of a hamstring injury, and he’s doubtful again this week. He was supposed to start last Monday vs. the Bengals, but he re-aggravated the injury in warmups. OG Chris Kemoeatu also is doubtful after spraining his knee in Cincinnati. It sounds like Ramon Foster will take his place in the starting lineup.

LB James Harrison was a late addition to the injury report with back spasms. He’s listed as questionable.

Titans at Dolphins


The big question mark for Tennessee obviously is QB Vince Young. I wrote earlier today that it doesn’t sound like he will play , and that means Kerry Collins would get the starting nod.

WR Kenny Britt is out with a hamstring – potentially for the rest of the regular season – but that’s where Randy Moss is supposed to come in and perform.

For Miami, a couple backups (CB Tyrone Culver and WR Roberto Wallace) are questionable, and although some of the team’s most important players (T Jake Long, LB Karlos Dansby, S Chris Clemons and TE Anthony Fasano) are on the injury list, all of them are probable and should play.

Jets at Browns

One of the stranger stories of the week was Browns LB Marcus Benard who collapsed in the locker room Thursday and was sent to the hospital for tests. He didn’t practice Friday and is questionable to play. But Benard, who leads the team with 4 ½ sacks, wants to be out there, and it’s certainly possible Cleveland could allow him to do so.

Meanwhile, Cleveland QBs Jake Delhomme (ankle) and Seneca Wallace (ankle) are both questionable, but at this point, it’s hard to see how coach Eric Mangini could insert either given the way Colt McCoy has played the past three games.

The Jets are pretty healthy. CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring), LB Calvin Pace (foot) G Matt Slauson (knee) and T Damien Woody (knee) are on the injury list, but all are listed as probable.

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Posted on: November 7, 2010 5:44 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2010 6:54 pm
 

Dolphins, Ravens get into war of words (UPDATED)

D. Mason and his Baltimore teammates had a big day against Miami today (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Oh, to be a scribe in the locker rooms of the Dolphins and the Ravens after Baltimore knocked off Miami 26-10.

First, you’ll have to recall that Ravens WR Derrick Mason, who’s 36 years old, didn’t like the fact Dolphins LB Channing Crowder called him “the old guy” earlier this week. And yeah, it didn’t seem that it should have been a big deal, because after Crowder called him old, he still said Mason was one hell of a receiver. He might have been disrespectful, but it didn’t seem intentional.

Even so, Mason fired back, saying, “He was still peeing himself when I was playing football."

Naturally, Mason had a decent enough day, catching four passes for 42 yards and a touchdown as Baltimore routed the Dolphins, and afterward, he said Crowder is a horrible football player and that he’ll probably be out of the NFL before Mason retires. Apparently, the game got pretty nasty as well.

After the contest, Crowder accused Ravens FB Le’Ron McClain of spitting in his face in the third quarter.

"He spit in my face and that's the reason I got mad," Crowder told reporters, including the Miami Herald. "He's a bitch-ass punk. Write that."

McClain, you may respond:

“Nah, I didn’t spit on him. That’s crazy. That’s not my game. I’m Le’Ron McClain, man. Le’Ron McClain don’t spit on another player. But I will block you. Four quarters. That’s a fact.”

So, McClain denied the charge. Doesn’t matter to Miami LB Karlos Dansby.

"Man, if I'd have seen that, there would have been a damn brawl out there, straight up," Dansby said. "We some tough guys. But if you take a cowardly way like that, you need to be straightened. Hopefully, Roger Goodell will look at the film and he'll do something about it. If he don't, we'll see him in the street and we'll have to handle it like men.

"For you to spit in the guy's face and walk away, that's a coward move. That's a coward move. They supposed to be some tough guys. They ain't all that tough, they pull a coward move like that. They ain't that damn tough."

Tough enough to beat up on the Dolphins, though. Definitely that tough at least.

UPDATED (6:49 p.m.): Didn't see these quotes originally, but ESPN.com had a few bonus comments from Crowder - who probably needs a review of WWII history.

From the story:

Crowder said when he complained to the officials, they told him they didn't see McClain spit at him.

"Then they said something about they let [Dolphins linebacker] Karlos Dansby get away with a facemask the play before," Crowder said. "Who the f--- cares? A guy just spit in my face! I don't give a damn about Karlos pulling somebody's facemask. Like they didn't see [Dolphins quarterback] Chad Henne get hit twice when he slid. Yeah, a little Stevie Wonder and Anne Frank."

Asked what the Anne Frank reference meant, Crowder said "Who was that? Is that the blind girl? Helen Keller ... I don't know who the f--- Anne Frank is. I'm mad right now. F--- it. I'm not as swift as I usually am.

"That's the first time I've ever been spit in my face in my life. And that's the worst thing you can do to a man as another man, spit in somebody's face. Why would you do that? Why would you try to? Because you're scared of me? Really? Spit on me and then walk away real fast and let your team protect you? That's what he did."


Not real good (or swift), eh?

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Posted on: August 14, 2010 12:00 am
 

How good is Karlos Dansby really?

Posted by Andy Benoit
K. Dansby (US Presswire)
Dolphins inside linebacker Karlos Dansby was asked to rank himself among the game’s playmaking linebackers. "The best,'' he said. "The best in the game, by far, man. By far, the best in the game.''

You have to admire the bravado…maybe. Josh Katzowitz and I ranked the top five inside linebackers in football over the offseason. Dansby did not factor into the discussion.

To be fair, had we been talking strictly about “playmaking”, perhaps Dansby’s name would have come up. The 28-year-old sealed Arizona’s epic Wild Card victory over the Packers in January with his fumble return touchdown. Dansby also forced a fumble earlier in that game.

During the regular season, Dansby had just one forced fumble and one interception, but in his six-year career he’s recorded 25.5 sacks, 10 interceptions and 12 forced fumbles.

But by classifying himself as a playmaker, Dansby is inviting people to overlook his greatest attribute: consistent tackling. There might not be a better finisher in the game when it comes to breaking down and wrapping up an opponent at the point of contact. Dansby is an effective tackler in traffic or in space.

Is Dansby the best playmaking linebacker in the game (by far)? Of course not. But that doesn’t mean he’s not worth the $22 million in guarantees Miami gave him.

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Posted on: August 1, 2010 4:19 pm
 

Dansby off on the right foot

Miami coach Tony Sparano doesn’t like to single out his players for praise. So, it really means something when he actually does it. Which is what happened today when he met with the media.

LB Karlos Dansby, who spent his entire six-year career in Arizona before signing a five-year, $43 million deal with the Dolphins during the offseason, was the one who has made a good impression on Sparano.

“I’ve been really impressed with what’s happened with Dansby right now,” Sparano said. “The combination of him and Channing (Crowder) right now when you’re watching them communicate and you’re watching them go through what they’re going through in the huddle together has been really impressive to me. To have somebody like that with that kind of range and them kind of skills I think has been really good out there.”

What Sparano really likes about Dansby is the football instinct he shows.

“When Karlos sees it, he pulls the trigger right away,” he said. “And some people, they don’t do that, they see it, and they don’t quite pull the trigger and now, there’s a missed tackle or it’s an almost. With him, he sees it pretty fast and gets there in a hurry. I’ve been really impressed with that part of what he’s done.

“I think it’s instinct, I really do. I think it’s rare when you find some of those kinds of players that have that ability to do that. He has that ability.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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