December 10, 2023

I’m more eager to see Dolphins’ defense than their offense


MIAMI GARDENS — I liked the Dolphins defense last season. I might love the Dolphins defense this season.

Granted, that’s a strong statement in June, a time when players haven’t even put on pads, and admittedly it’s possibly even an overreaction to optimistic comments from players and coaches.

On top of that, this big-play offense gets all the headlines among quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle.

But when you listen to what people are saying you start to think this Dolphins defense, under the direction of defensive coordinator/guru Vic Fangio, has the potential to do big things.

This defense isn’t as simple as playing lots of zone coverage and giving players freedom to roam around and make plays.

Listen to Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who played in a similar system with the Los Angeles Rams.

“This defense is very complex,” Ramsey said. “So y’all looking on the outside, y’all may think that it’s zone, but it’s not.

“It’s a very complex defense and it’s a lot less zone than you think, especially under coach Vic. It’s a lot less zone which is great, because you have guys that can play a lot of man, but you also have guys that can play the zone schemes and stuff like that.”

Make no mistake, this defense has a long way to go from last season.

This defense ranked 15th in the league last year at 337.8 yards per game allowed.

It allowed 23.5 points per game, 24th in the league, and 30.5 ppg on the road.

This is a defense that hasn’t had a player with double-digit sacks in five years, since Cam Wake had 10.5 in 2017.

It needs help.

Fangio seems as though he can offer that help.

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