Two things are always paramount when your talking about the defensive line for the Miami Dolphins: your numbers against the run and how may times you can either sack or pressure the opposing quarterback. The run defense in 2011 was stellar, holding opponents to 95.6 yards per game, which ranked third in the NFL. The Dolphins were also third in the league holding teams to 3.71 yards per carry!
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 work week is over, so come join the Friday fun as the Finsiders broadcast live from Seminole Paradise in Hollywood this afternoon from 5-7pm. Remember, if you can’t make it to the show, you can always be part of the fun by listening and watching online at THEFINSIDERS.COM!
Today on the Finsiders, Jesse Agler and myself will rub elbows with former Dolphins Sam Madison and Keith Sims as they help co-host our live event.
After practice this afternoon, Dolphins coach Tony Sparano met with the media to continue to discuss the upcoming game against the Ravens. He revealed that much like last week at Cincinnati, he expects to see some no-huddle and hurry-up offense out of the Ravens, as he did the last time these teams met.
Meanwhile, Sparano said that starting strong safety Yeremiah Bell was once again limited in practice today with a toe injury, though if you read between the lines, it certainly sounds like the coach expects YB to play on Sunday.
Well, it may be a day off for a lot of folks out there, but the Dolphins were back at work today, practicing in preparation for Sunday’s Week 1 opener against the Bills. The team also made some roster moves today, adding LB Bobby Carpenter, a fifth year player out of Ohio State and another former Cowboy. To make room for him, the team released Charlie Anderson.
Today the Miami Dolphins announced that they have terminated the contract of two players, waived 18 others, and acquired versatile offensive lineman Pat McQuistan from the Cowboys for an undisclosed draft pick.
There are some definite surprises here, starting with the fact that TE David Martin, re-signed midway through training camp, has had his contract terminated. The team can, of course, bring him back early in the regular season, which could change the amount of guaranteed money that he is owed.
Welcome to the first entry in our new blog on our new site. I figure the best way to kick things off is to break down the entire training camp roster, player by player, as we learn a little bit about each of the men competing to be one of the final 53. Some names you’ll know, others you won’t. Some guys will make the team, others will not.