James Burgess is confident in NFL thanks to his college Defensive Coordinators
05/16/2016 08:00 PM
South Florida native, and current Miami Dolphins linebacker James Burgess says he is very confident in the early stages of his NFL career, and gives his former college coaches a lot of credit.
We spoke to James about how he is adjusting to professional football:
As a four year contributor to the University of Louisville football team, Burgess played for two head coaches, and two defensive coordinators. For the past two years under Todd Grantham and head coach Bobby Petrino, Burgess has played in a number of complicated defensive packages, but complexity did not hinder his performance. Last season, Burgess finished second on the team in total tackles with 92, fifth in sacks with 9.5, and reeled in one interception.
Before Petrino and Grantham was now University of Texas head coach Charlie Strong and his long time defensive coordinator Vance Bedford. In his underclassmen years, Burgess operated primarily out of a 4-3 system which is what the Dolphins will execute in the coming season. The Dolphins defense has a experienced front of defensive lineman in Ndamukong Suh, Cameron wake, and an offseason addition of edge-rushing Mario Williams. At the linebacker position, Miami added Kiko Alonso who is hoping to make a return after two seasons of injury. Miami’s defense was middle of the pack statistically in 2015, and with a brand new coaching staff in place, Burgess feels he is in a wide open race to earn quality playing time this fall.