Dannell Ellerbe thinks he was signed to beat the Patriots

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The Miami Dolphins signed linebacker Dannell Ellerbe in free agency hoping he would bring some of that intensity that helped his former team, the Ravens, win the Super Bowl. So far Ellerbe is saying all the right things.

According to Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com, Ellerbe says the Dolphins signed him to knock off the New England Patriots.

I was brought here to help knock them off,” Ellerbe told Mike Freeman of CBS. “That doesn’t mean we will, but we feel like we can. Like I said, we just have to prove it. You have to actually go do it

Maybe Ellerbe’s statement isn’t as ludicrous as some might believe. He makes some good points about the talent the Patriots loss this offseason.

Losing a starter always hurts and losing a starter as good as he was will really hurt,” he said. “I don’t think you can say the Patriots are the same as before after what happened to Hernandez.

Along with losing Hernandez, quarterback Tom Brady also lost Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, and Danny Woodhead in the passing game. Also no one knows how limited tight end Rob Gronkowski will be after having back surgery in June.

Ellerbe’s only saying what he should say. No matter what team you’re on, your goal should always be to finish first in the division as it’s the easiest path to the playoffs. Like Ellerbe said however, now they’ll have to prove it.