Brian Urlacher, Patrick Willis and 15 Players Better Than Karlos Dansby

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Brian Urlacher, Patrick Willis and 15 Players Better Than Karlos Dansby
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“I feel like I’m the best, and now I just have to prove it. I’ve been saying it for the last couple of years, and I’m just now getting my opportunity to be on the stage to show it.

-Karlos Dansby after the Dolphins defeated the Redskins on Sunday.

Really Karlos? You're the best linebacker in the NFL?

Let's see. Your stats are decent this season: 62 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and one interception. Decent, solid, not spectacular, not the best. 

I'm sure there are plenty of players better than you. 

Actually, I KNOW there are plenty of linebackers who are better than you. Keep in mind Karlos, I'm a Dolphins Featured Columnist, I'm somewhat of a homer, I'll argue that Dan Marino is a better quarterback than Joe Montana or John Elway even though he doesn't have rings. I'll tell people that Ricky Williams from 2002-2003 was the best running back in the NFL. 

To me Don Shula was the greatest coach of all time, which despite his win totals isn't a popular view. The Orange Bowl was the greatest football stadium of all time, and there will never be a better receiving duo than the Marks Brothers (Mark Duper and Mark Clayton). 

But I have my limits. I don't think the 1972 Miami Dolphins are even the best Miami Dolphins team of all time (and I wrote an article ranking the best Dolphins teams of all time and stated why I didn't consider them the best), much less the best NFL team of all time (read the link to see my best Dolphins team of all time, while my best NFL team of all time is the 1989 San Francisco 49ers).

I don't think Matt Moore, despite his great performances the last few weeks, is the future. I hate Sun Life Stadium's sterile "let's take the fans out of the game as much as possible" atmosphere, I hate celebrity co-owners, and I'm not particularly fond of our last two owners, Stephen Ross and H. Wayne Huizinga (OK, most Dolphins fans aren't either) and I will call this team out when they do wrong.

Karlos Dansby, it's your turn to be called out. You're not the best linebacker in the NFL, far from it. There are 15 guys better than you.

And here they are.  

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