Looks like Koa Misi will split time

Montgomery High graduate Koa Misi was the hit of the offseason in Miami, impressing defensive coordinator Mike Nolan (the former 49ers head coach) with his motor and athletic ability. Misi, a second-round draft choice from Utah, quickly began working with the Dolphins’ first-team defense, and he started the team’s first three exhibition games at strongside linebacker.

Now, two days before the Dolphins’ season opener at Buffalo, it isn’t clear Misi will start.

The word out of Miami is that Misi — a defensive end at Utah — has struggled to “set the edge” on outside running plays, meaning he hasn’t always been able to force the play inside while taking on a blocker. Recently, Ikaika Alama-Francis has emerged as a competitor for the job, and the two young players are believed to be in a rotation at the position.

Joining the NFL was a dream come true for Misi. Starting his first game as a rookie would be another. But that may be a game-time decision for Nolan.

— Phil Barber