By: Jason Sarney
The Miami Dolphins brought in 10 free agents last week, and perhaps one of the biggest in terms of on-field presence, as well as personality and performance, very well may be linebacker Kyle Van Noy.
Van Noy is part of a free-agent haul that includes three former New England teammates of his. As stated throughout this afternoon of interviews, Van Noy reunites once again with Ten Karras, and fellow linebackers Elandon Roberts and Kamu Grugier-Hill.
Van Noy is a self-proclaimed “football player.”
Don’t tag his with a position on the field, as he stated with a confident bravado this team needs with leadership and rings to back it up…” roll the ball out there.”
Van Noy began that phrase by saying, “I am going to go on the plan for me. I envision myself playing everywhere like I've have been. I don't like being called a defensive end or a linebacker but a football player.”
The former BYU standout was drafted by New England in the 2nd round of the 2014 NFL draft at pick number 40. He has recorded 17.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, and has forced 5 fumbles while recovering 4. His 10 passes defended proves his claim he can do it all, including score, as he has a pair of touchdowns to boot.
Stats don't measure his overall value, as there is certainly a "C" in the future on his jersey.
Of course, another former Patriot under Brian Flores as a New England linebacker coach, Van Noy may just be the president of the coach Flores fan club, which seems to be filling up like a 1960’s Beatles concert.
When asked about the decision on why he signed with Miami and play again for Brian Flores he said, “this is an easy question to answer. I respect him as a coach. What he brings to the table, what he is all about on the field and off.”
He then added, “who doesn’t want to play for a coach like that?”
He said coach Flores brings… “energy each-and-every day and that’s the coach you want to play for.”
Van Noy is aware that he will come in as a leader and do what is needed of him on and off the field which is the exact player and person this organization strives to acquire.
Not only is Van Noy doing all he can to create make-shift workouts during a health pandemic, but he's also doing so safely at a nearby Ranch where his thoughts are the only things he needs to prepare for the 2020 season.
"I can get a workout in. There is a hill I can run and some weights I can lift. It’s me, myself, and I."
Back to the leadership role, and his overall awareness of the times, Van Noy is eager to get to Miami. Van Noy fits Miami like an Isotoner glove. Once he is down in South Florida, he will no doubt bring a passion for the game, as well as his charitable work within the Kyle Van Noy Foundation. And with work like that on Sundays as well as the six other days of the week, he will surely hit a cord with Fin Faithful with hopefully plenty of years worth of memories to comes...and more importantly, wins.
And a ton of jersey sales.