New Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes came to town with a reputation of being a playmaker, having worked his way up from an undrafted player out of tiny Shippensburg University to a Pro Bowl corner with Atlanta Falcons. Despite coming off of an injury, Grimes has been extremely impressive to most observers during the Dolphins offseason program. He joined the Finsiders to discuss how important takeaways are to the defense this year and his perspective on the cornerback position. Jesse Agler and John Congemi also asked Grimes about what it will be like to go against his former team the Atlanta Falcons and the NFC South this season.
(On how crucial takeaways are) – “Yeah, that’s a big deal for any defense in today’s league. I mean, if you want to stop today’s offense you’ve got to take the ball away to give your offense more chances to score. I mean, realistically you’re not just going to stop a team every time with three and out, three and out, three and out. You want to take the ball away, get your offense more chances. So turnovers are a big key in today’s league.”
(On how important anticipation is at the cornerback spot) – “That’s the key for anybody to make plays on the ball. You’ve got to go with your gut sometimes, take smart chances. You can’t be out there just gambling just on a whim, because that’s how you look bad, but if you looked at enough film and you’ve seen, or you just played in a game awhile and they ran a few concepts a few times, maybe you could take an educated chance and make a play. That’s all this league is about, making plays.”
(On a zone defense still being about covering one man) – “That’s what a lot of people that haven’t actually played the position, or played football, they just hear oh it’s zone coverage. It’s still four corner at least, or sometimes the safeties too. It’s like a man; you’ve got a man. Especially after when the route gets pretty deep, it’s especially a man coverage pretty much. It’s not a big deal, zone, man. It’s whatever.”
(On playing NFC South teams this season…) – “Yeah, obviously I played in the NFC South my whole career, I was on the Atlanta Falcons and I’ve seen what all these teams like to do, I mean of course there are new wrinkles ever year so you can’t just go out there and say you know what exactly they are about to do, but it’s cool to see and you’ve played against these teams before and you know the personnel pretty much. You know, it’s a good advantage.”
(On the home opener against Atlanta) – “If you know me, people are going to make a bigger deal about that than I will. It’s just another game. It’s more, honestly it’s your old team, but it’s not like I left Atlanta with a bad taste or they were mad at me. It was just free agent and another team wanted you to come, you chose them. I still like everybody on the team. I talk to a few coaches. It’s not like we’ve got a vendetta or I’m trying to go out here and kill everybody. It’s just they’re trying to make plays, they’re trying to win, I’m trying to win, I want to play well. It will be just like any other game, after kickoff. I mean before the kickoff I will see everybody. Hey what’s up? But after it’s kicked off, it’s just I’m trying to win, they’re trying to win.”
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