Dolphins still not set on DC, don’t sweat it!

I’m not worried about who we hire as Defensive Coordinator for our team. I’m pretty confident that anyone we bring in here will utilize the talent we have better than Josh Boyer did. I suppose you go with what got you there, and Boyer went down using that mantra. The Cover Zero blitz scheme is what he runs, and if he was going to lose, it wasn’t because he changed it up to something he hasn’t employed here. On the other hand, could you see the Tennessee Titans OC using RB Salvon Ahmed as his primary back and in their power running scheme and feeding Ahmed the ball 40 times in a game? Of course not, because you have to have the power back to utilize the scheme properly. With all the injuries to our secondary, it’s simple to point out that the players we had out there on the field at the end of the season, or even halfway through the season till the end, were not capable of being left out there to cover man to man with no help. The problem was compounded when we didn’t get pressure, despite using extra rushers. Xavien Howard had a poor season, he was not playing anywhere his former pro bowl level. We had Noah Igbinoghene, Justin Bethel, Keion Crossen (who played the entire season with a subluxated shoulder) and even safeties Elijah Campbell and Eric Rowe playing downs at CB. There’s a very good reason why our defense was one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL.

I feel that whether we hire the ultra experienced Vic Fangio, less experienced Sean Desai, hire our own LB coach Anthony Campanile, or Kris Richards from the Bears, our defense is ready to flourish. The talent is undeniably there, with a plethora of good to excellent defensive lineman, starting with the excellent Christian Wilkins who is one of the finest interior defensive lineman in the game. When healthy, Emmanuel Ogbah is a stout pass rusher, consistently getting pressure. He hasn’t been a double digit sack guy, but he’s had 9 sacks twice, and probably would have exceeded that this season if he was healthy.Then there’s the ultimate lunch pail guy, Zach Sieler who had his best season as a Dolphin. Due to the Ogbah injury, Sieler got lots of playing time and made the most of it. Our most promising guy I’ve yet to mention, that’s OLB Jaelan Phillips. While Phillips sack total dropped 1.5 sacks from 8.5 to 7, he was all over QB’s this season with 25 QB hits. He also upped his tackle total by 19, and he’s a player that the opposing offense needs to account for. We added Bradley Chubb, and while he absolutely didn’t make the expected impact this season, this was a move for now and beyond. Chubb split the season with the Broncos for 8 games, and 8 games with the Dolphins. He had 5.5 sacks with Denver, yet just 2.5 with our Dolphins. He only played 59% of the snaps with us as opposed to 74% with Denver. I’d expect that to change significantly next season, no matter who our defensive coordinator is.

Our secondary was just riddled with injuries, some guys played the entire season at way less than 100%, such as Xavien Howard who battled groin injuries for a good part of the season. We lost S Brandon Jones in our 7th game. We lost one of my favorite players, DB Nik Needham in our 6th. We never had top cover corner CB Byron Jones, who elected to have ankle/achilles surgery in March, and although he was expected at the start of the season, it seems as if he pulled a “Will Fulller” on us, and sat out the entire season. There were some positives that came out of this, we unearthed a solid talent at CB in UDFA Kader Kohou. Kohou played in 15 games, starting 13 of them. While Kohou may not be the Jets Sauce Gardner, value wise, he’s pretty darn close. Garder, while being one of the top cover corners in 2022, his rookie season, he was drafted #4 overall, while the Dolphins signed Kader Kohou as an undrafted free agent. the jets will be paying Garder $7.6M next season while the Dolphins will be paying Kohou $870K. Someone is due for a raise! Eric Rowe did his best to replace Brandon Jones, but we clearly missed his impact. He’s currently rehabbing from his ACL surgery and should hopefully be ready at the start of the season. As far as Byron Jones is concerned, it’s unlikely he ever dons a Miami Dolphins uniform, especially carrying the current $18M + cap hit. He can be released post June 1st and save about $14M of his salary, and defer the cap hit to the next year. We’ll see on this one, but I just can’t see him back here.

ILB Elandon Roberts had a great season for us in ’22. Roberts led the team with 107 tackles, and was 2nd on the team with 10 TFL. I admittedly undervalued Roberts, and he may actually be a better fit if Vic Fangio gets the job. Fangio’s 4-3 defense, or “6-1” requires a thumper in the middle at MLB, and Roberts is just that, especially when compared to his ILB mate, #55 Jerome Baker. Baker had a solid season, notching 100 tackles for the 3rd time as a Dolphins LB, and adding 4 sacks. Roberts really impressed this season though, and though I thought of him more of a limited athlete, he made tackles sideline to sideline, and many times blew up plays in the backfield with speed and excellent technique tackling. If I were a defensive coordinator perusing at the Dolphins defensive roster, I’d be particularly excited about Wilkins, Phillips, Chubb and Holland. Holland had somewhat of a down year, having to play much different scheme wise with all of the injuries in the secondary. He’s a very instinctive player who I’m sure will be back in a role that better suits him next season. Chubb will thrive here, whoever takes the reins of this defense will have both he and Phillips over 10 sacks each, I’m almost certain of that. Phillips is such an impressive athletic specimen at 6’5 270, he’s going to get better, you can just see he’s ready to bust out.

One of the biggest questions in the secondary is can Xavien Howard be healthy enough to be a dominant cover corner? He was down in every category, starting with a career low 1 INT, playing in 15 games. He had 1 INT in 2019, but only played 5 games. He was also way down in passes defensed with 12, and I can tell you as someone who watched each and every game, he was targeted more this season than any other. He was targeted 80 times, and compare that to 106 for Kader Kohou, it’s not as much of a disparity as you would expect. He was toasted plenty this season. He needs to come back healthy next season, but of course a scheme change away from the “Cover Zero” will take a lot of pressure off all of our DB’s. We need our talented front 7 to be the predominant pass rushers, and we need them to be much more successful next season. Blitzing should be reduced substantially, and I think our secondary with that change alone, will be better. Expecting DB’s to cover one on one with no help, and not get to the QB after a few seconds is defensive suicide. It’s just not feasible. Besides the disadvantage it put our secondary in, how many times was our pass rush behind and approaching the QB, who then was able to step up and either throw for a completion, or simply gash us for big gains by running the football as a ballcarrier? Way too many is the answer, we all saw it happen, time and time again. That will be corrected as well, just by changing the defensive scheme.

Let’s face it, defense isn’t what it used to be, you can’t hit anymore, especially if it’s the QB, or a “defenseless receiver”. One positive is “Roughing the passer” calls will be able to be challenged next season, although at what rate these will be overturned remains to be seen. There were tons of egregious RTP calls made all over the NFL, but the sack by Jaelan Phillips on NFL precious QB Justin Herbert, when Jaelen Phillips hot Herbert, knocking him down, and in order not to injure the QB and land on him with his full body weight, spread his arms and cushioned his fall on the QB, like doing a push up. Of course, the flag came out immediately, and that’s precisely the type of call you’d expect to be challenged and overturned, but again, that remains to be seen. So whether we hire Fangio, Desai, Richards, or hire from within, Anthony Campanile, I feel like our defense will be considerable better next season, and if our QB, Tua Tagovailoa can stay healthy all season long, I like our chances next season!



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592 Responses to Dolphins still not set on DC, don’t sweat it!

  1. Good write Mike. I don’t really care what scheme we run on defense, like you said we have enough talent to utilize in any scheme. Mainly because Phillips and Chubb are big edge guys either as OLB or DE. I just want see better results.

    • Mike E. says:

      I agree. Our blitz heavy scheme was far too boom or bust every play, more often bust. You know I’m not big fan of Raekwon in the middle, so either the new guy has to light a fire under him or find a way to get him to be more successful, or maybe we’re looking for a new NT/DT. Besides him, I think we have a very strong front seven, and if Brando Jones is healthy, 2 very good safeties. We’ll see what happens at DB, but I do hope we re-sign Needham.

      • Davis is really just a big body in the middle to take up blockers. His knee issues seem to have hampered his athletic ability for such a big man. So we’ve never really gotten to see that version. I thought he was going to be more of an impact player. Maybe he can still play better or maybe he is what he is. He’ll still be on the last year of his 2nd round contract so I expect him to be in the mix in 2023.

  2. If we did go to more of a 4-3 and many teams do use multiple fronts, here is personnel that could transition into it.

    DE Phillips
    DT Wilkins
    DT Davis/Sieler
    DE Chubb

    OLB Baker
    MLB Roberts
    OLB Tindall

  3. Rockphin says:

    Nice article Mike E. I just texted you the edits. 😉 Since I get scolded for it if I post them here…


  4. Wyoming85 says:

  5. Mike E. says:

    I hope Ogbah comes back strong. With all those DE/OLB’s, there’s lo0ts of flexibility to use them in different packages. Maybe a speed package of Phillips and Chubb on the ends and Ogbah and Wilkins inside, or vice versa. Davis just isn’t a pass rush threat, or oddly so, not a threat to knock a pass down. How is it possible a guy 6’7 330 hasn’t once knocked down a pass at the LOS?

  6. Mike E. says:

    I don’t think the Pro Bowl will be dangerous this year anyway, I think marshmallow eating and egg painting are events this year, and the flags they are using for the flag football games are silk and come off very easily. lol

  7. Mike E. says:

    Yeah, I wasn’t kidding about the flag football, the marshmallow eating contest, maybe, but you never know!

  8. mf13ss says:

    Miguel de la E,

    VERY good write, buddy! Perhaps it’s just me, but I think your last several writes have been above and beyond par… and your par is pretty good as is.

    If Ogbah comes back and healthy, we’ve the possibility to have 3 guys go for 10+ sacks next season (counting on Phillips and Chubb to do it)… and we’ve only achieved that once in franchise history.

  9. mf13ss says:

    Wyoming85 says:
    January 27, 2023 at 1:40 pm
    Tua is still in protocol? That’s NOT GOOD…

    • Mike E. says:

      I think that’s just a wise mechanism to keep him out of the Pro Bowl. Nothing could be gained by him going there and participating

  10. Mike E. says:

    LOL @ Kong – I didn’t realize Davis has them T-Rex arms

  11. mf13ss says:

    Rockphin says:
    January 27, 2023 at 4:19 pm
    Battle of the network stars
    Ever see the Network Battle of the T’s and A’s? 😉

  12. The Flying Pig says:

    What if Tua still being in protocol just means he hasn’t taken the appropriate tests?

    ….eh….bc it’s pointless in January to be tested when you can’t play until August…

    • The Flying Pig says:

      No one is reporting the last time he was tested just his current status….

    • mf13ss says:

      It could be a very misleading report on his current status, but it certainly raises concerns for me. I just hope Tua’s alright.

      Mike E’s likely correct about it being a mechanism to keep him out of the Pro Bowl events.

      • The Flying Pig says:

        If it’s a part of the story
        And the part of the story that would alleviate concerns isn’t reported
        Then it shouldn’t raise concerns
        Bc it’s probably just click bait

      • Ken says:

        Totally agree it’s click bait. There is nothing else to talk about right now so they bring this crap up. All the legit information coming out is Tua is fine and will be good to go next season

  13. The Tua Saga continues. This poor guy just can’t shake it. We all know what’s going on but he’s been a high level QB when he plays. We won 9 games and we won 8 of them with Tua. We don’t sniff the playoffs without him. All these talking heads saying time to move on. He’s not even 25 years old yet and it’s time to move on – with a 4th season in 2023 and a 5th year option in 2024 on his contract.

    If Tua feels he’s fine after the concussions he’s not only the Dolphins best option at QB he was one of the best QBs in the league this year.

  14. Hey Tua, you couldn’t play in the playoff game in Buffalo because of concussion protocol. You good for the Pro Bowl game? I know the game means nothing and you probably want to get ready for the 2023 season. But do you want to do stupid shit and fuck around? LOL

  15. Mike E. says:

    Tim – Mets signed McNeil to a 4YR/$50M extension

  16. naplesfan2010 says:

    I don’t want Brady to ever be a Dolphin.

  17. Krishna says:

    Nice focus on D Mike E. Agree completely we needed a change at DC….and your take…lol.

    I think MM will find his man….Grier and Ross just need to get it done.

    • Krishna says:

      He just said what we’ve all said and known….

      My concern for Tua is healing. No one knows anything about Tua’s brain except his brain…and I believe it needs rest from the traumas it encountered.

      Only an idiot would think Tua would consider playing in the Probowl…omfg…they’re like rats…everywhere…lol

  18. Krishna says:

    The leader of conspiracy with “concerns.”


    • Krishna says:

      Over a pro bowl appearance…lmao…

      • mf13ss says:

        I assume you’re referring to me. Seems you didn’t get the note: so-called “conspiracy theorists” are batting well over .500 while those who call others conspiracy theorists are batting below the Mendoza Line.

        Wolves are winning, sheep are losing… BIG TIME

        Regarding Tua, I was merely surprised to hear he’s still in the concussion protocol. Twice again, I think Mike E is correct that his status has not been updated, so as to keep him out of nonsensical Pro Bowl events.

      • Krishna says:

        Honestly, I’m not into sheep and wolves like you are….

        …glad you think you’re winning…lol

  19. Mike E. says:

    “He looks good from time to time”. He led the NFL in passer rating. I fucking hate Parcells, he fucked this team good while he was here. Now he can fuck himself!

  20. Krishna says:

    If could figure out how to post music, I would…

  21. The history of when the levee breaks was about a time when black people were not allowed to leave the area in times of trouble. They had to do the dirty work. That’s how ugly it was.

    Led Zeppelin does such a great version of this classic blues tune.

  22. naplesfan2010 says:

    I hate Parcells, too. He set us back years in our recovery.

    • Krishna says:

      Yeah, I have to agree. I followed his career. Made a name for himself by winning a SB, but was total trash for the Dolphins….

  23. mf13ss says:

  24. Wyoming85 says:

    I wouldn’t be to mad?

    51. Miami Dolphins | Oregon LB Noah Sewell

  25. It’s kind of ironic that Frank Reich is going from one team to another with uncertainty at QB.

  26. bailbondmike says:

    Wyoming, my last mock Sewell was there at #51 but I took CB Forbes instead. Sewell was a preseason top 10 pick for the 2023 draft. Fast forward to now, many have dropped him to a mid-second round talent in a weak LB draft class.

    At 6’2 253, he may be playing a bit heavy. He seems a little slow to me. Also, despite playing a full season last year, his 2022 numbers were WAY down from 2021.

    2022 – 55 tackles, 24 solo, 31 asst., 1.5 sacks
    2021 – 114 tackles, 53 solo, 61 asst., 4 sacks

    I think teams probably game planned against him a bit which, IMO, it wouldn’t be hard to gameplan against him with him running about a 4.75 40. That could affect his #’s some but not by 50%.

    I think he may struggle with the speed of the NFL. He does his damage at or near the LOS but struggle in space vs quicker RB’s.

  27. manitobafinfan says:

    Thy Knight (@ThyKnight3)
    Thy Knight (@ThyKnight3)
    1h ago
    It’s kind of ironic that Frank Reich is going from one team to another with uncertainty at QB.

    Further Irony regarding Reich.. he was the QB under Center for Panthers in their inaugural season in the league 🤯😊

  28. bailbondmike says:

    Hmm, if cybercrime were a nation, it would be the third largest global economy after the U.S. and China.

    They say it is only going to get worse. It has already grown from $3 trillion in 2015 to an expected $10.5 trillion in 2025. Just 2 years from now.

    I could retire off that depending on which small country I wanted to buy.

  29. Wyoming85 says:

  30. Wyoming85 says:

    • mf13ss says:

      I don’t believe I need to tell anybody that 72 tackles coming from the nickel CB position — as an UDFA rookie — is absolutely AMAZING. Without his position being revealed, one would think he was a LB by looking at the tackles alone… and that would be rather fabulous for an UDFA rookie LB.

      • mf13ss says:

        And I don’t want to sound like I’m minimalizing his incredible 10 PDs as an UDFA rookie CB. We’re talking about a very, very difficult position to step into a rook regarding nickel CB.

        This cat’s going to be something else if he continues his ascent.

  31. bailbondmike says:

    Thy Knight (@ThyKnight3) says:
    January 28, 2023 at 5:37 pm
    It’s the new challenge. For those who are big Star Wars and Star Trek fans you got your future. 😉
    Funny you say that. Somethings in Star Trek are closer to reality than we realize.

    I read an article not long ago where the USAF has admitted that they are only a couple decades away from perfecting the use of forcefield technology for operational use (probably much sooner if they are admitting this).

    The U.S. Army is building the world’s most powerful laser weapon (phasers?) that is capable of vaporizing targets. The weapon is over one million times more powerful than any other laser developed before. They are very close if not already there with the technology. They got target acquisition systems that can sense, lock-on and strike a moving mortar/artillery round, cruise missiles or aircraft and disable them.

    Tractor beams? Who’s working on that? They already have those guns you point at a drone and can make them land. I know that has to do with messing with the signal but still. It’s only a matter of time they learn how to take over complete control of the drone from the operator.

    Next will be the transporter or will it be warp drive? lol


    • bailbondmike says:

      There is so much more we don’t know about.

      • mf13ss says:

        SO true, man. I’ve always found it most amazing that we humans (every generation) think we know about everything! LOL

        This old-school SNL skit is a humorous take on as much…

        A hundred years from now, they will be laughing at today’s practices.

  32. Wyoming85 says:


  33. The Flying Pig says:

    Looks like the team is committed to stopping rumors this off-season

  34. Wyoming85 says:

  35. Wyoming85 says:

  36. The Flying Pig says:

    Allright oinkeroos before the games start
    Get your predictions I. For He super bow matchup and winner
    I think there’s a 25% chance to be right on super bowl teams and 50% to get at least one

    My predation is 🦅 v 🐅 in super bowl
    🦅 🏆

  37. Mike E. says:

  38. Wyoming85 says:

    KC vs Philly SB

    Philly takes it

  39. The Flying Pig says:

    We got him!


  40. manitobafinfan says:

    Why do they keep saying Purdy is trying to be first rookie QB to win a conference Championship and start a Super Bowl ..

    Dan Marino played for the Dolphins as a Rookie in the Superbowl against the 49ers.

  41. Ken says:

    Yeah we got Fangio 😃

  42. Mike E. says:

    Happy we got Fangio. Glad he chose us, although I’m sure being the highest paid DC in the NFL didn’t hurt our chances. 🤣

  43. Mike E. says:

    True dat Kong, he doles out the money very freely

  44. Mike E. says:

    Dougie – Dar know you’re rooting hard against the Niners?

  45. naplesfan2010 says:

    McDaniel got the man he wanted.
    That’s actually awesome.
    Rumor has it that if Fangio weren’t available, we’d have kept Boyer,
    But getting the best defensive mind in the game (currently)
    was too good of a thing to pass up.

    3 year deal with a 4th year team option is also indicative of all parties
    thinking we are building something special here.

  46. naplesfan2010 says:

    Fang will also help McDaniel mature more quickly as a HC,
    similar to how Terron Armstead is more than just an OT.

  47. Wyoming85 says:


  48. CavalierKong says:

    Thasssa fummmbble!!!

  49. CavalierKong says:

    Big stand by the Niners D or this could have gotten out of hand early

  50. CavalierKong says:

    Holy shit, josh Johnson in at Qb for Niners. Wow

  51. CavalierKong says:

    Can’t see how the Niners have any chance now

  52. Mike E. says:

    C’mon Hurts, waaaaaaaay overthrown!!!

  53. CavalierKong says:

    It’s pretty lame that this $13 billion business can’t keep the effing wires out of the way on punts. And funny they haven’t shown the replay once.

  54. CavalierKong says:

    Finally got the replay. I can’t see a change in trajectory

  55. steveccnv says:

    Several of us wanted Fangio last year, good hire I think

  56. steveccnv says:

    Someone in SF is getting fired for not seeing the 4th down Smith catch/ non catch

    Obviously Smith was trying to get em to snap it quickly, I mean on 4th down just challenge it

  57. bailbondmike says:

    I wanted us to sign Hassan Reddick as a F/A pass rush specialist this past offseason. That’s what he does and is very good at it. Has 2 sacks already in this game with a forced fumble. Had 1.5 sacks last week vs Giants.

    Including playoffs (so far) he has 19.5 sacks on the season to include 6 forced fumbles.

    Last season for Carolina, he had 11 sacks and year before in Arizona he had 12.5 sacks.

    Why don’t they listen to me! LOL

  58. CavalierKong says:

    Niners D shutting the Eagles down

  59. The Flying Pig says:

    The 49ers almost have worse luck then we do with injuries

  60. CavalierKong says:

    wow, that was the shittiest tackle by 22

  61. bailbondmike says:

    McCaffrey is a badass RB

  62. steveccnv says:

    Restart to this game, nothing that’s happened so far has any relevance except Purdy injury and that might prove to be nothing

  63. CavalierKong says:

    Eagles offense getting shut the fuck down.

  64. CavalierKong says:

    I’m not sure Hurts has thrown one good pass

  65. The Flying Pig says:

    2023 Xavien Howard bounce back season under Fangio defense

    Phillips, Chubb, Ogbah and a re-signed Ingram lead a strong sack attack

    Wilkins, Sieler & Davis do the exact same thing they did in 2022

    So does Kahou

    Holland becomes a pro bowler

    Brandon Jones comes back strong in 2023

    We spend out 2nd round pick on a boundary CB

    And maybe we (piggy dreams) sign Tremaine Edmunds to help us in coverage

    #1 defense in the league easily

  66. manitobafinfan says:

    9ers not looking to good now 😊

  67. CavalierKong says:

    Eagles get a TD here, it’s hard to believe the Niners can come back from down 14

  68. Mike E. says:

    Crazy to even think that if Niners get Purdy to play that he can give them a chance.

  69. CavalierKong says:

    Is that Purdy injury the same injury that Josh Allen sustained earlier this year?

  70. CavalierKong says:

    woah, I hadn’t read that Chiefs Kelce was injured and may not play.

  71. steveccnv says:

    I want SF to win, but never thought they had much of a chance

    Purdy gets too much credit, hate that guy

  72. Mike E. says:

    I know this is mean, but I wanted to see Purdy finally have a shitty game so everyone could finally STFU about how great he is.

  73. steveccnv says:

    Johnson looks like a rookie

  74. CavalierKong says:

    lol, I feel the same way as you guys. I wanted Purdy to fail today. Probably mostly because of our game this year.

  75. steveccnv says:

    Based on how they’ve treated Tua, Johnson should be in concussion protocol, but it’s NFC Championship game so…

    SF may be better with McCaffrey in at QB, can’t be worse

  76. CavalierKong says:

    WTF is with the Eagles punter?

  77. bookman11 says:

    Greg Olsen is horrible

  78. manitobafinfan says:

    9ers d is losing their shit

    • steveccnv says:

      That PF wasn’t that bad, his father barely hit OB when the shove occurred

      The PF on the kicker was a horrible call, dude was held and pushed into the kicker

  79. steveccnv says:

    I didn’t know the Eagles played in the SB last year

  80. steveccnv says:

    9ers down 21 running out the clock

  81. bookman11 says:

    Circumstances turned this into a tough/boring game to watch

  82. manitobafinfan says:

    Seriously, why are they not Wildcatting with McCaffrey … QB obviously is a waste of position now

  83. manitobafinfan says:

    Hey it’s a hockey game now

  84. steveccnv says:

    Romo = Olsen

  85. Ken says:

    Bad luck for SF they need to bring back the rule about an emergency QB

  86. The Flying Pig says:

    Tony Romo sounds different without Josh Allen’s balls in his mouth…

  87. steveccnv says:

    Obvious already who the zebras want to win

    On every spot of ball so far edge KC

    The false start was an OL that moved his arm down, while in a 2 pt stance, hardly a false start

  88. steveccnv says:


  89. Ken says:

    I think that is a TD

  90. The Flying Pig says:

  91. Wyoming85 says:

    Luck little fucker!

  92. bookman11 says:

    I actually still like Romo, especially coupled with Nance.

  93. CavalierKong says:

    KC keeps losing WRs.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I won’t feel bad for them until they go through a “keeps losing DBs, OL and QBs phase” like we had to endure

  94. The Flying Pig says:

    That’s a terrific play to reach for the first

  95. CavalierKong says:

    He pulled the ball back after reaching out. how is that a 1st?

  96. I was out today watching football with some friends. We signed Fangio. Awesome!!!!

  97. CavalierKong says:

    Wow, that was a hell of a throw. Pure arm

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