The middle linebacker position has always been one that requires great physical skill and intelligence. The closest equivalent to the quarterback on offense, on the defensive side of the ball the middle linebacker is usually the signal caller and leader of the unit. Today’s linebackers are asked to do it all, tackle, cover, blitz, and motivate the troops.
The players ranked below brought all of these traits to the table, but more importantly brought their lunch pails to work every day. I can rank these players with pride knowing that they put their heart and souls into playing for the Dolphins and left everything out on the field. The following three players represent my biased ranking of the all-time Miami Dolphins middle linebackers.
3. John Offerdahl (1986-1993): Drafted with the 52nd pick in the 1986 draft, Offerdahl made an immediate impact making the Pro Bowl in his rookie season. He continued his stellar play for the next 4 years, making the Pro Bowl in each of them and being named a First Team All-Pro in 1990. Unfortunately, Offerdahl’s career was plagued with various injuries, allowing him to only start 22 games out of 48 over the next 3 seasons, leading to his early retirement. Offerdahl was one of the few bright spots on a porous Miami Dolphins’ defense, seemingly the only defensive player trying to help Dan Marino win a Super Bowl. Offerdahl could do it all on defense. He was a punishing hitter, was rarely out of position, had perfect tackling technique and drove his opponents into the ground. The Miami Dolphins were lucky do have such a dedicated and tenacious player, and one can only imagine what his career would have looked like without the injuries.no comments