Confident Camper

Karlos Dansby has brought a lot of things to the Dolphins: great athleticism, some pass-rushing prowess, the ability to stop the run, length at the linebacker position. And confidence. A lot of confidence. Dansby became the highest-paid linebacker in the NFL when he signed with the Dolphins, and he said that only made sense because he's the best linebacker in the league.

Dansby's contract has since been surpassed by that of San Francisco's Patrick Willis, but that doesn't mean Dansby is ready to back down from his claim.

He made that perfectly clear following the Dolphins' practice on Wednesday morning.

Asked where he ranked among NFL linebackers, Dansby replied: "The best. The best in the game by far. By far, the best in the game. That's my goal. I want to get the yellow jacket, I want to be a legend in the game. I thikn right now I'm the best in the league. That's the way I feel."

The yellow jacket, mind you, is the one given to former players upon their induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Of course, skeptics could point out that Dansby needs to chill out a little bit because he hasn't even made the Pro Bowl yet. But Dansby says his resume speaks for itself.

"Everything, man," he said when asked what made him No. 1 among linebackers. "Twenty-five sacks, 25 1/2 sacks, 10 picks, you name it, 100-some tackles every year. I think consistency is the key. I just want to be consistent year in and year out and just do my part to make the team better."

One major thing on Dansby's resume has been his ability to make big plays in big games, the evidence being an interception of Ben Roethlisberger in the Super Bowl a couple of years ago and his game-winning fumble return for a touchdown in overtime of last year's playoff game against Green Bay while he was still a member of the Arizona Cardinals.

As far not making the Pro Bowl yet, Dansby says he's never worried about it.

"There's a lot of little things that go behind that," he said. "That's kind of out of my hands. All I can do is go out and play the game the way it's supposed to be played and the people who know football and watch football, they understand that. I'm a game-changer and I go out and I play the game. I'm not complaining about it, I just go out and do my thing."

Dansby is expected to make a big difference for the Dolphins defense in 2010, but he's not worried about what kind of stats he can put up. Rather, he says it's all about accomplishing team success.

And the way he sees it, the Dolphins have the potential to do what his 2008 Arizona did: reach the Super Bowl.

If that happens, Dansby is sure to play a big role. But it's not like he's feeling any added outside pressure because of the huge contract he signed in the offseason.

"I put pressure on myself all the time," Dansby said. "I watch a lot of football. I watch a lot of different players and I just try to take a piece from some of everybody and try to add it to my game to make me even better. I love playing with Channing. Some of the things that Channing does, I just want to implement to my game and make me even better."

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