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Dolphins Make Picks To Fill Hybrid Defense

The first three rounds are finally completed, and the Dolphins have come away with 3 draft picks, and one wide receiver in Brandon Marshall. All considering, the Dolphins have a pretty solid draft going.

But the key word in the last sentence above is solid. All of the picks that the Dolphins have selected so far are viewed to be solid picks, and have some potential, but they are not the explosive picks that many fans were expecting the Dolphins to make.

But here may be an explanation as to why the Dolphins selected both Jared Odrick, and Koa Misi with their first two picks in this years draft.

Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald is reporting that the Dolphins are currently in the process of making a llittle change in the current 3-4 defensive system that is currently in place in Miami.

The switch to a more hybrid 3-4 system will not be hard, and will actually favor the Dolphins staff much more. The Fins’ defensive line is among the most deep and skilled in the league. You can also add versatile to that list as well. With the hybrid focusing on interior penetration from the defensive lineman, and inside linebackers.

This is why the Dolphins drafted Odrick. He is versatile on the line, and can play both inside and outside, which is perfect for what the Dolphins want to do with their lineman.

The hybrid version of the 3-4 allows the lineman to make the whole defensive group better. With the defensive line being one of the strengths of this Dolphins team, it would only be fitting that they mold the defensive scheme around one of their strong points.

The Dolphins still will use nose tackles Paul Solia, and Jason Ferguson this season, but making the switch to this new system will allow the need for a dominating nose tackle to be minimized, and allow the more versatile players, “tweeners” if you may, to be more effective.

The front three for the Fins will also force the inside linebackers, such as Karlos Dansby and Channing Crowder, to come up, and stuff the run, and penetrate more than they would in the regular 3-4. But this is both’s strong suit, and should ultimately make the whole defense with this switch.

The move to the hybrid explains why the Dolphins drafted Odrick. He can play both inside and outside, and will fit in perfectly into the defensive system.


One Response

  1. Makes sense. With the Bills going to a 3-4 defense, it will be an all 3-4 conference. Basically , everyone will be wise to what everyone else is doing. By adding in a little hybrid stuff we will be able to outlast the others in the AFC East. Not to mention the Saints played some hybrid stuff in the Super Bowl.

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