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

Thomas Galicia@thomasgaliciaContributor IINovember 18, 2011

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.  

Brian Urlacher

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    During Armando Salguero's interview with Dansby where he made his boast, Salguero asked Dansby if he felt he was better than Brian Urlacher.

    Dansby simply responded with this:

    “Aging, He’s aging fast, man. He’s a great linebacker, but he’s aging fast. I respect all the linebackers. But I’m better. That’s just how I feel.”

    Remember Dansby's numbers I showed you in the first slide? Here's Urlacher's numbers: 61 tackles and three picks. 

    Urlacher might not have any sacks this season, but he's been all over the field for the Bears and has been a key part to their current four game winning streak. 

    That's four game winning streak Karlos, or twice the winning streak the Dolphins are on. Chicago is 6-3 and looks well on their way to taking one of the NFC's wild card spots. 

    That alone makes Urlacher better than you, without even looking into Urlacher's already impressive body of work. 

Jon Beason

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    Jon Beason only has four tackles on the year, and yet I feel he's better than Karlos Dansby. 

    The reason for such low numbers from the three time Pro Bowl linebacker is because he only played in one game this season due to an injured left Achilles tendon suffered in Week 1. 

    He's still better than Karlos Dansby. 

Stephen Tulloch

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    Stephen Tulloch has 59 tackles, three sacks and that classic moment where he Tebowed over Tebow which he'll be known for more than the great season he's having with the Lions.

    Much better than Dansby, who along with the rest of the Dolphins defense at the end of the fourth quarter didn't know how to stop Tebow. 

Ray Lewis

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    “I’m better than everybody,” he said without pause when I asked if he’s better than Ray Lewis. “Everybody. Period. Point blank. I just haven’t had the recognition, man. I’m more versatile than everybody. Period. Point blank. I’m more versatile than everybody. Hands down. I can do it all.”

    Karlos, Ray Lewis has 68 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception this year, which would make him just as versatile as you. 

    Only he's 36 years old which is six years older than you. Six years in football is about 15 years in real time. 

    Now does that say more about Ray Lewis being youthful, or can I make fun of you for playing like an old man?

    To be on the safe side, I'll stick with youthful. I mean, I wouldn't mind making fun of Karlos Dansby, but to do that this time around, by proxy I'd call Ray Lewis old. I wouldn't want to do that. He's one of my favorite players of all time (my favorite non-Dolphin of all time actually) but he scares me. 

James Harrison

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    James Harrison is more of a designated quarterback killer than a coverage linebacker (which is what Dansby is) is), but he's great in that role. 

    Five sacks to go with 35 tackles. Nice. 

    Oh yeah, better than Dansby. 

Clay Matthews

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    Clay Matthews is another classic quarterback killer and one of the best in the NFL. 

    Five sacks and 28 tackles, plus the fear and double teams he draws from opposing teams. 

    Fear and double teams: Alex, I'm going to go with what are two things not associated with Karlos Dansby?

Lawrence Timmons

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    Dansby has better numbers than Timmons, who has 46 tackles and one sack, but playing linebacker isn't just about the numbers, it's about how good your defense is. 

    Timmons, unlike Dansby, is on a defense filled with playmakers, and I already covered James Harrison. Those are just the linebackers on Pittsburgh's defense and that's not counting Polamalu, Clark and the rest of the Steelers' stellar D. 

    Would Dansby be able to play on this Steelers defense? Quite possibly, but he wouldn't be as good as the rest of the defense. 

Paul Posluszny

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    Posluszny's numbers on a good Jacksonville defense: 72 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one interception and six pass deflections. 

    You know who's numbers those are better than?

    You should already know by now. 

Terrell Suggs

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    Suggs so far this year has 41 tackles, six sacks, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and two Ibuprofens that must be taken by any offensive coordinator after having to game-plan for him.

    Oh he's going back to the Pro Bowl this year, but guess who isn't?

    (Note: I'm sure you've noticed that all of these lame jokes have the same punchline).  

Jerod Mayo

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    Last season Jerod Mayo led the league in tackles. 

    While that has tailed off this season, a lot of that has to do with offensives tailoring their blocking towards him as he's the most effective man on a Patriots offense who this season has only proven they can stop the Jets

    And I'd still take him over Karlos Dansby. 

Cameron Wake

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    Hey Karlos, before you talk about being the best linebacker in the league, try shooting for best linebacker on your own team. 

    Because as long as Wake is the one getting the double teams and the 5.5 sacks, he's number one on the Dolphins. 

    Yet you say you're the best. 

    Way to insult your teammate. Just for that, you should be forced to trade contracts with him. 

Lance Briggs

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    Briggs is as much a part of the Bears defense as Urlacher and has contributed 69 tackles, a forced fumble and a pick to the cause for the Bears defense. 

    Much like Urlacher, he's all over the field, only he'll put more pressure on the quarterback and can cover tight ends. 

    You know, unlike Karlos Dansby. 

Brian Cushing

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    Forget for just a second that he sort of looks like WWE Superstar The Miz and the fact that he might or might not be a cheater. 

    Cushing, with his 69 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions, is doing more than pulling his weight on a Texans defense that has been without Mario Williams for quite some time as he is lost for the season. 

    Could Karlos Dansby pull more than his weight if Cameron Wake were out for the year *knock on wood that this doesn't happen*. 

London Fletcher

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    If Karlos Dansby is, as he says, the best linebacker in the NFL, then what's London Fletcher?

    Fletcher has 80 tackles, two picks, a forced fumble and half a sack. 

    He's the leader of a Redskins defense that's better than their record indicates. 

Patrick Willis

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    Notice how I didn't rank anyone on this list, I just pointed out that everyone on this list was better than Karlos Dansby?

    Well, this guy, Patrick Willis, is the best linebacker in the NFL. 

    I'm not the only one who thinks that. In fact, in that Dansby article I linked to in the beginning, I saw this comment:

    "Patrick Willis disagrees.Rightfully so."

    And this comment:

    "In other news, Patrick Willis never opens his mouth and humbling keeps playing."

    Oh and this one:

    "Patrick Willis would disagree except he was busy getting another tackle."

    Now I must remind you that these are comments made by others, which is why I didn't edit them. Some may look at these comments as trolling, but I see them as truth. 

    Willis is the leader of the 49ers defense and their MVP so far this season. The 49ers are 8-1 and have the NFC West locked up and are on their way to clinching a first-round bye. 

    Willis as the leader has contributed 78 tackles, two sacks and three forced fumbles as the 49ers have just about dominated most of their competition (and it's not just their division, the 49ers have only played one division game all season). 

    Karlos Dansby, how dare you say you're better than Patrick Willis. As a Dolphins fan I appreciate the enthusiasm, but as a football fan, to quote the way people usually talk on the Internet, STFU! Just go out there and play. 


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