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First look at the Dolphins secondary

Posted on: July 1, 2010 1:17 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2010 2:54 pm
This offseason, much of the focus on the Miami Dolphins has been on their defensive front seven: 
  • Is the pass-rush overly dependent on outside linebacker Cameron Wake having a breakout season?
  • Will Randy Starks transition well to nose tackle?
  • Is inside linebacker Karlos Dansby indeed worth boatloads of money?)Vontae Davis getting fooled. (Getty Images)
What hasn't been getting attention is the Dolphins secondary. Bill Parcells invested two high draft picks on cover corners last year: First-round pick Vontae Davis (getting abused in the picture) and second-round pick Sean Smith.

Davis is the better athlete, has outstanding quickness and the wheels to run deep with a receiver. He's confident in a playmaker sort of way. Smith brings to the table fantastic size (6-3, 214). He's stiff in change-of-direction, but his long arms allow him to take unique angles against receivers in one-on-one matchups.

The bottom line is the Dolphins have two high-drafted second-year corners who have both become starters. Few teams lay this kind of foundation at one of football’s most valuable positions. What’s more, veteran Will Allen is healthy again and should be one of the top nickelbacks in the league (that is, assuming Allen doesn’t blow everyone away in training camp and reclaim a starting job).

Long-term the Dolphins secondary looks set. Short-term it could still prove to be an Achilles' heel. The young corners are prone to mistakes (this showed up on film again and again last season). Exacerbating those mistakes is the weakness of the free safety position.

Gibril Wilson was awful in coverage and got released. In searching for a replacement, Parcells low-balled free agent Antrel Rolle and passed on former Saint Darren Sharper. Thus the Fins enter ’10 with Packers castoff Tyron Culver manning centerfield. Culver is athletic but better suited for dime duties. His only competition for a starting job, however, is fifth-round rookie Reshad Jones.

As Dolphins RapidReport correspondent Chris Perkins will address later today, much of the pressure falls back on the defensive front seven to take away the run game and prevent opposing quarterbacks from operating with a clean pocket in 2010. And if that happens, it's up to those young corners to make the most of the opportunities that come when pressure is applied in the trenches.

-- Andy Benoit

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Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: July 5, 2010 12:14 am

First look at the Dolphins secondary

Don't be fooled? They may have been "weak"? But they were strong "enough" to beat the Jets...."TWICE"! And if not for centerfield ( FS/SS ) issues? The outcome against the Saints, and Colts could've been diiferent? Which hopefuuly they've addressed with the addition of coach Nolan? Only time will tell.....

Since: Jul 4, 2010
Posted on: July 4, 2010 2:41 pm

First look at the Dolphins secondary

Ok, a few things. First of all, Tyrone Culver has been getting work as Yeremiah Bell's back-up, he hasn't really been in the mix for the Free Safety job yet, at least through OTA's. Second of all, do some research. If the season started today Chris Clemons would be the starter at Free Safety. You didn't even mention him in this article despite being a 5th rounder for Miami last year, seeing increased playing time as the year progressed and even getting a start by year's end. He's the front-runner right now. How do you not even mention him? That seriously destroys the credibility of this article when you're previewing the Dolphins secondary and you don't mention Chris Clemons (the ACTUAL projected starter) or Yeremiah Bell whose the lynch-pin of the secondary and made it to the Pro Bowl last season. Big fail.

Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2010 2:45 pm

First look at the Dolphins secondary

Sounds like a pretty weak secondary if you ask me.  What is with the Dolphins getting an insane amount of coverage recently?  They aren't even that good!  Making the playoffs will be extremely difficult with the Patriots and Jets around, not to mention the AFC North being pretty well balanced right now.

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