The Miami Dolphins have had a successful free agency period so far, but I’m not crazy about the latest rumor of them pursuing Elvis Dumervil.
Personally I feel that Dumervil, like several free-agents, may be using Miami as a way to increase his offer from other teams as it is known that Jeff Ireland and the ‘Phins are being aggressive and have cash money to spend.
Kevin Coyle has the Dolphins in a 4-3 base defense these days, and Jared Odrick was very solid in the role of defensive end opposite of Cameron Wake. Odrick’s stats were underwhelming, but the team insists that when you watch him on film he is actually quite effective. So, with numerous other holes existing on this roster, I cannot see the Dolphins allocating Wake-type coin to Dumervil (Elvis is looking to get paid, big-time).
At 5-foot-11, 260 pounds, I think Dumervil is much better suited for a team that runs a 3-4 base defense. I went and added up average size of 28 starting defensive ends in 4-3 defenses — 6-foot-4, 274 pounds is the average, and none of them are below 6-foot-2. The smallest 4-3 defensive ends are on the New England Patriots. who average 6-foot-3, 260 pounds from their ends.
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox switched the team from a 3-4 to a 4-3 base in 2011. Dumervil romped to the tune of 17.0 sacks in the season prior, but his two seasons in the 4-3 saw him tally 9.0 and 11.5. Averaging 10 sacks in a 4-3 D is certainly a legit contribution, but his size and skill-set are better served to dominate in a 3-4 defense.