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When in Arizona, LB Karlos Dansby was the Cardinals best defensive player. Now in Miami the past couple of years and nothing has changed.
This season Dansby leads the Dolphins with 59 solo tackles and has recorded two sacks to go with three pass deflects. He's one of the more underrated LBs in the game, is solid at getting off blocks and is a sure tackler.
On Thanksgiving Day against Dallas, the Dolphins' best odds at slowing down RB DeMarco Murray is for Dansby to spy him all game long. Anywhere Murray goes, Dansby must follow.
Even if Murray stays in to pass protect for Tony Romo, you never know if a screen pass is being set up, so deferring from blitzing will be the secret key. Because if Murray releases on a delay and Dansby blitzes, DeMarco will be wide open whether in the flats or across the middle.
However, the more Dansby can isolate Murray, the better odds Miami has to win. And with their No. 7 ranked rush defense, patrolling the middle of the field has to be his second priority to slow the Cowboys intermediate passing attack.
He is the key to Miami's defense and is the man who must be responsible to shut down DeMarco Murray.
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