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Koa Misi | Linebacker

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/17/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 255
College: Utah
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Koa Misi will be the Dolphins' starting strong-side linebacker this season.
The Fins wanted high-end athlete Chris McCain to earn the gig, but he couldn't cut it. Misi is moving from middle linebacker, where two-down thumper Kelvin Sheppard has taken over. We suspect the Dolphins' two nickel backers will be Misi and WLB Jelani Jenkins, though they could also just use one linebacker in the majority of subpackages and insert an extra defensive back. Sep 3 - 6:40 PM

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Koa Misi said he has improved as a middle linebacker this offseason.

Misi played in the middle for the first time in his career last season after spending four years on the outside. Despite missing five games due to injury, Misi recorded 66 tackles and showed well in coverage. With Ndamukong Suh taking up blockers in front of him, Misi could take a step forward this year.
Jun 27 - 12:36 PM

Dolphins MLB Koa Misi believes he'll have more room to operate playing behind Ndamukong Suh.

"[Suh] takes up another guy, so basically it allows us to move around a little bit better," Misi described. Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said Misi looks "more comfortable" this offseason after battling hamstring issues throughout 2014. He finished last season as PFF's 12th overall inside linebacker.
Jun 18 - 8:43 PM

Coach Joe Philbin confirmed the Dolphins view Koa Misi as their starting middle linebacker.

There was post-season discussion of Misi moving to the strong side, but the Fins never found a suitable upgrade. Often playing hurt and missing five games in 2014, Misi managed 64 tackles and one sack. He'll be on the LB3/4 radar in IDP leagues this season, but we wouldn't view him as a high-upside pick.
May 9 - 1:07 PM

Dolphins DC Kevin Coyle and coach Joe Philbin both reportedly want to keep Koa Misi at middle linebacker.

Per the Miami Herald, there's a "spirited debate" inside the Dolphins about where Misi fits best. His lackluster 2014 performance in the middle suggests moving back out to the strong side might be in the team's best interest. Miami's new personnel department led by Mike Tannenbaum reportedly wants Misi at outside linebacker, and for Kelvin Sheppard to get a shot at the Mike.
Mar 29 - 12:07 PM

Dolphins LBs Koa Misi (knee/hamstring) and Jelani Jenkins (foot) are both doubtful for Week 15 against the Patriots.

Neither is expected to play after missing every practice this week. The Dolphins were leaking rushing yards before these injuries, so they will really struggle to contain LeGarrette Blount with Misi and Jenkins sidelined. The Dolphins will turn to Kelvin Sheppard and Jason Trusnik with Misi and Jenkins out.
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 01:37:00 PM

Dolphins declared MLB Koa Misi, RB Knowshon Moreno, C Mike Pouncey, LB Chris McCain, OG Shelley Smith, OG Billy Turner and DT Randy Starks inactive for Week 4 against the Raiders in London.

Misi is targeting a return after the Dolphins' Week 5 bye, as is Moreno (elbow). Jason Trusnik is manning the middle in Misi's absence.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 11:35:00 AM

Dolphins MLB Koa Misi (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Week 4.

The Fins will continue to start Jason Trusnik at middle linebacker, although weak-side 'backer Jelani Jenkins has emerged as the favorite for tackles in Miami.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 01:10:00 PM

"Barring a setback," Dolphins MLB Koa Misi (ankle) is expected to return for Week 3.

Misi missed last week's game after going down in Week 1. A strong run defender, Misi's presence will be a plus as the Dolphins' banged up linebacker corps looks to slow down the Jamaal Charles-less Chiefs.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 04:45:00 PM

The Dolphins hope MLB Koa Misi (ankle) can return "in a week or two."

Misi won't be active for Week 2, but it sounds like the Dolphins are hopeful he can return before the end of the month. That would be pushing it if Misi had a high-ankle sprain.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 03:07:00 PM

Dolphins MLB Koa Misi is "out indefinitely" with an ankle injury.

We suspect he has a high ankle sprain. Miami is suddenly without all three of its starting linebackers, as SLB Dannell Ellerbe went on I.R. following hip surgery on Monday, while WLB Phillip Wheeler is on the shelf after thumb surgery. With Buffalo on deck, this is good news for Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 03:56:00 PM

Dolphins LB Koa Misi was forced from Miami's Week 1 game against the Patriots with an ankle injury, and will not return.

Misi went down in the first quarter, and was soon spotted in a walking boot. It's likely a high-ankle sprain, which is usually a 4-6 week injury.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 02:32:00 PM

Dolphins LB Koa Misi (shoulder) will not play the team's third preseason game Saturday.

It is unclear when Misi was injured. He practiced all week, so either the injury is minor, or he picked it up after the practice week was over. Jason Trusnik will start in his place. Misi's status should be updated after the game.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 06:56:00 PM

Dolphins DC Kevin Coyle told reporters Monday that he is pleased with Koa Misi's transition to middle linebacker.

Misi is staying on the field in sub-packages during OTAs, and has a chance to become Miami's every-down Mike 'backer, giving him serious IDP appeal. "I can't commit today that it's a done deal but I like what we're seeing," said Coyle. Dannell Ellerbe was terrible at this position in Coyle's scheme last year, but still racked up 101 tackles, two interceptions, and five pass breakups.
Mon, Jun 2, 2014 02:17:00 PM

Koa Misi took the first reps as the Dolphins' starting middle linebacker at Tuesday's OTAs.

There was a report earlier this month from the Palm Beach Post that said Misi thought the switch to MIKE would be "too much" for him to handle mentally. It proved to be false. The Dolphins want Misi, a strong run defender, to man the inside, with high-priced vets Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler on the outside.
Tue, May 27, 2014 10:15:00 AM

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