The Miami Dolphins have stated time and time again that the team has selected Dion Jordan to be their prized pass rusher at defensive end and not as an outside linebacker. But that could all change with the recent petition the Miami fanbase has started to change Jordan’s position from defensive end to linebacker.
Neal Driscoll, a Miami fan and avid blogger who created the petition, states that he will deliver it to the Miami organization once it has reached roughly 100 signatures — which it has already surpassed nearly reaching 650 at the current moment. But that may not be enough to entice head coach Joe Philbin to switch Jordan’s position from defensive end to outside linebacker.
The idea behind this is quite interesting and is quite elegant, in my opinion.
While I wouldn’t view Jordan as an Aldon Smith player as the petition states due to the defensive scheme Miami runs (4-3) — Smith plays in a 3-4 — I love the comparison to the Denver Broncos‘ prized pass rusher Von Miller.
Miller has been one of the league’s best, if not the best, pass rushers during his professional tenure and has done it all as one of Denver’s 4-3 outside linebackers. Miller flies around and makes plays in coverage, while also being quite a force rushing the passer.
Jordan could certainly help out Miami’s linebacker issues. The team is looking for answers at all three positions, but they may have found their middle linebacker in Koa Misi, who has looked quite solid since switching from strong side linebacker in 2013.
That being said, both Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler have been downright awful, forcing the coaching staff to mix in rookie Jordan Tripp and veterans Jelani Jenkins and Jason Trusnik in hopes of solidifying the second level of the defense. Jordan could certainly help add a level of stability and athleticism to Miami’s front seven due to his unique look that blends size, speed and agility.
The former No. 3 overall pick in 2013 was a part-time player in 2013 at defensive end, but he was used sparingly at linebacker — when he actually saw the field — and performed well in that role, especially in coverage. He shut New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski out while covering him for an entire half.
If Miami decides to continue developing Jordan as a defensive end, it may end up hurting his future as a player due to the depth at the position and the logjam it could create. Cameron Wake looks like he could still play another five to six seasons at a high level. Olivier Vernon is poised to break out in 2014 and beyond, while young prospects Derrick Shelby and Terrence Fede look like solid players in their own right.
Miami should make the correct move in switching Jordan to an outside linebacker to not only help solidify their linebacker issues but also to field the best combination of players on the defensive side of the football possible. Jordan has no reason to sit on the bench due to his size, speed and athleticism.