If Brent Grimes gets hurt, we’re doomed.
I’ll start off by saying that, and I firmly believe it’s true. We just don’t have enough depth in our secondary to make up for Grimes if he’s ever injured. We barely held on for dear life last year when Cortland Finnegan got hurt. It would be much worse if Grimes went down.
The other Dolphins corners just aren’t too good. I’m sorry to all you fans of Jamar Taylor and Will Davis, but those guys have had plenty of times and opportunities to do something, and they never have. It might take a few years for a DB to become a star, but it doesn’t take a few years for them to become reliable, at the very least. Davis and Taylor have not done so yet. it’s the Dion Jordan situation, minus the high 3rd-overall price tag. You can’t keep saying “he needs time” forever. One day, you have to realize you were wrong. The Dolphins were wrong about Taylor and Davis.
Don Jones and Michael Thomas are safeties who were forced to play some CB because of injuries. The Dolphins showed their lack of depth here. Philbin keeps far too many defensive lineman on the active roster each Sunday, and he doesn’t allow enough emergency depth at CB. You can’t just plug a safety into a CB slot in the middle of a game and expect immediate results.
Brice McCain is a free agent who could fill in well, but he needs to step up his game when Tom Brady starts to dissect us twice a year. It is a sad reality that our entire defense needs to be built to defeat Tom Brady. EJ Manuel and Geno Smith twice a year scare nobody; our defense just needs to worry about Brady. (Although I should note that Joe Philbin is one of the few NFL coaches who has no clue how to consistently beat Manuel and Smith, neither of whom Philbin has never swept. Philbin even got swept when Buffalo used 5th-string journeyman QB Thad Lewis against us TWICE.)
Former NY Giant Zack Bowman could be intriguing. But I’m not sold on why the Giants allowed him to walk. He came to the Dolphins for a fairly reasonable price. So if the Giants were not willing to pay him an average salary, maybe they knew something.
Rookie draft choices Tony Lippett and Bobby McCain could be intriguing. Someone has to tell these kids about what a great opportunity he has. The Dolphins have drafted many DBs in recent years, and every one has seen significant playing time. McCain and Lippett don’t have to beat out Brent Grimes for a roster spot; they only have to beat out a Jamar Taylor or Will Davis. However, we want McCain and Lippett to play like he IS battling for a job against Brent Grimes.
In training camp, Philbin needs to set the bar much higher for these guys. We cannot keep players just because they are good enough to barely be on an NFL team. We need to keep players only because they are definitely quality NFL players.
Your thoughts on the Dolphins’ CBs?