Written by Matthew Cannata
Recently, Greg Likens of The Finsiders sat down with Randy Starks and asked him a few questions about the upcoming season and beyond. Starks, who was a free agent this past offseason, tested the market but ultimately came back and signed a two-year contract and has no regrets about doing so.
“It feels really good. This is somewhere that I want to finish my career. I’ve been here for six, going on seven years now, and I like it here. Right now, I’m just glad to be here for the next two years.”
Starks expects things to remain pretty much the same on defense as in years past. More specifically, he expects the team to continue to have a physical presence on the defensive side of the ball. He did say though that they may try to make things simpler in terms of calls and execution in order to be productive on a more consistent basis.
He also spoke out on Koa Misi and his transition to the middle linebacker position.
“You see blocks different; plays develop different from different positions. That’s one of the main things between OTA’s and camp, you want to get that feel and get your reads down. I know for me, just playing inside, the closer you are inside the faster the plays are on you, so I’m pretty sure it’s the same going from (outside linebacker to middle linebacker) and so on.”
The Dolphins haven't been to the playoffs since 2009 and it's obviously everyone's goal to make it back there. Starks knows that the team must be more consistent and beat the teams they're supposed to beat while mixing in a few upsets here and there.
The main theme from the interview was consistency throughout the entire team. If the Dolphins can become consistent every week during the 2014 season, they should be able to improve upon last year's record and make the playoffs. If not, it could mean another house cleaning for this once proud and storied franchise that has had it's bumps in the road ever since Don Shula and Dan Marino retired into the sunset.