Written by Matthew Cannata
Koa Misi sat down with Greg Likens of The Finsiders to discuss his transition from outside linebacker to middle linebacker heading into the 2014 season.
Misi said that he has been learning the different nuances of the position and one of the main differences is making sure that everyone is lined up properly and communicating more than he would at the outside linebacker position. Other traits that Misi says are needed include needing to know the whole defense, when to make the right calls, what to call when there’s a motion or formation change
Likens brought up the fact that Misi has been at the facility as early as 4:30 AM watching film and working out before meeting with linebackers coach Mark Duffner around 6:15 AM each day. Misi joked that he almost always gets to the facility before head coach Joe Philbin and promises to rib him about it in the future.
In order to help him in the transition, Misi spends time in his family room with his wife and cones. His wife calls out the plays and formations and Misi lines everything up and checks with his wife and the playbook to make sure everything is correct.
From the sounds of it, it appears that this position change will be a permanent thing heading into training camp and the season with Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler on the outside. Let’s hope that these changes help improve the linebacker corps as it greatly underachieved in 2013.