Merling, who is entering his fifth season, all with the Dolphins, will look to compete for playing time on the defensive line. The Dolphins selected Merling the with the 32nd overall selection, the first pick in the second round 0f the 2008 draft.
Most football fans would agree that the most important position on the team is quarterback, but the majority of coaches at any level would also state that the play up front is equally valuable. The offense would tell you it’s the guys in the trenches that make things happen, and conversely, it’s the front seven on the defense that determine wins and losses!
The guys dissect the Dolphins defense and how they can take the next step to become an elite unit in 2011. Also, the usage of Reggie Bush is a topic as the crew reflects on Sparano’s recent comments on the talented back.
The Dolphins look to run their preseason record to 3-0 tonight when they travel across the state to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.
The Fins are coming off of a 20-10 win over Carolina, while the now 1-1 Bucs were dropped 31-14 by the Patriots. Last week for Miami, the offense put up 301 total yards in the first half and the defense held the Panthers without a point until the fourth quarter.
He wasn’t a high-priced free agent acquisition.
He’s never scored an NFL touchdown.
He’s never made a Pro Bowl.
He’s not a quote machine for the media.
Yet he might be the most consistently effective defensive player of the Tony Sparano Era.
His name is Kendall Langford and although he might not get much attention from the fans and the media, those who have watched the play in the trenches closely over the past three seasons know just how valuable he is for the Dolphins defense.
The Dolphins defense was very good in 2010, but it has a chance to be great in 2011. While much of the attention this off-season has been on fixing the offense, deservedly so, let’s not overlook what strides Mike Nolan’s unit will be able to make this fall. Here are several reasons why the Dolphins defense, that ranked 6th in the NFL in total defense last season, could be even stronger in 2011.
After practice today, Dolphins coach Tony Sparano met with the media to continue to discuss Sunday’s game at the Jets. There were several questions about the team’s much publicized Friday night Broadway outing, which Sparano seems to be looking forward to. He explained that the decision had been made quite some time ago to take the team up a day early and that when owner Steve Ross heard about those plans, he offered to take the team to the show.
The Dolphins defense has allowed an average of just under 16 points in their past four games, but has only two victories to show for it. Typically, a defense that does that well would hope their offense could pile up more points.
The defense limited the Browns to just 252 total yards of offense, and limited Cleveland’s crushing runningback Peyton Hillis to just 57 yards on the ground with no touchdowns.