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Sam Madison: Breaking down the Dolphins’ Corners
By on November 4, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Sam and Pat Surtain knew how to cover. And dance.

While playing corner for the Miami Dolphins, Sam Madison went to four Pro Bowls and formed one of the great CB combos in franchise history, shutting down opposing receivers with Patrick Surtain for over half a decade. So when it comes to the pair of second year cornerbacks on the current Dolphins roster, Sam’s opinion is a pretty good one to have. As you know, things have been up and down at times for the unit since both Vontae Davis and Sean Smith came into the NFL last year, but Sam clearly likes the direction things are heading…

Guest Blog, by Sam Madison:

The Miami Dolphins have been searching for that dynamic duo at cornerback that can do it all: guys who can play the run and can tackle while also covering wide receivers and tight ends. This season has been a roller coaster ride for that unit, looking like superstars in the making in some games and looking below average in others. Vontae Davis and Sean Smith, though, seem like they are developing into that tag-team that both coaches and fans are looking for.

Looking back at the Week 8 victory over the Bengals on the road, both guys needed to go out and prove they could play with the best and they did! And not only did they pass that best, I think they also gained confidence and belief in one another.

When facing the passing attack that Carson Palmer and the T.Ocho Show presented, you better believe it made their hearts’ beat a little faster. Smith has been on the outside looking in and listening to his counterpart shout out receivers week in and week out. Now he wants back in. His game and body language looks like the guy we had start 16 weeks of 2009. Only time will tell about the two. But all eyes will be on Twenty-1 and 2-Four Islands.

Which duo of Dolphins defensive backs is your favorite?

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HULKFish says:

Madison and Surtain were the best duo of their era! That Cover-1 D was what really made me a Dolphins fan! Zach Attack!!! Zach Thomas, Madison, Surtain, Brock Marion, Tim Bowens, Daryl Gardener, Trace Armstrong, Jason Taylor! AWESOME! Never had a great OLB or SS but that D was brilliant and my favorite!

Vontae is really growing quickly, I just hope it isn’t an ongoing issue with Sean Smith’s struggles with confidence.

buckdatrend says:

I agree with you, Rodney…It’s about the “now.” I honestly believe that this duo, Sean and Vontae, will be something special…the only thing they lack is experience, and the more experience they get, the better they will become…I think the sky is the limit…And I believe they really compliment each other…Sean matches up well against physical receivers by using his height and speed while the shorter Vontae uses aggressiveness and solid technique…

Rodney says:

The players playing now are always my favorite. Notice the poll doesn’t sat “best” its says “your favorite”. Dan Marino was no doubt the “best” Dolphins QB, but in support of the current team, I don’t wear his jersey anymore, I wear jerseys of players playing for the Dolphins right now. Its all about the present. I have a Sam Madison jersey to go along with the Marino, and even a Csonka one. BUt my current “favorites” are gonna be who is playing right now.
Go Vontae!

JC says:

(never mind the first line of my post!) whatever I was looking at fixed itself!

JC says:

at the time of my vote. The choice “other” has a NEGATIVE two percent total.

Sam and Patrick were the best corners, Jake and Dick were the best safeties. From different eras and dominant in their own way.

Take a look at how many interceptions Scott and Anderson racked up in a fewer number of years, when there were fewer games per season, AND in an era when there was much less passing going on. Unbelievable stuff.

Can’t really (IMO) compare safeties to corners and I love Sam & Patrick, but much respect for the older fellas!