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Monday, April 10, 2006

The Dolphins greatest strength?

Kevin Carter, who is among the most thoughtful and articulate of players I have ever encountered, said something that just blew me away a few minutes ago.

He said there's no reason Miami's defensive line, "shouldn't be the strength," of the team. He can make a very good point because probably the best player on the team, Jason Taylor, plays on the defensive line.

But think about this.

The Dolphins are a team where the quarterback is Pro Bowl player Daunte Culpepper.

The Dolphins are a team where Ronnie Brown, the second overall pick in last year's draft, and Ricky Williams, a stud in his own right, are the No. 1 and No. 2 running backs.

The Dolphins receiver corps has Pro Bowl player Chris Chambers and former Pro Bowl player Marty Booker.

So how is it that the defensive line is the strength of the team? The argument can surely be made, but it's not a slam-dunk -- especially when you consider coach Nick Saban has worried out loud that the group needs to add youth and there are quite a few questions at the nose tackle/defensive tackle spot.

What do you think?


Blogger Ottawafan said...

While I am of the opinion that the defensive line could be a strength for the team, I beleive the strongest position is running back. This is assuming Ricky can play this year. I have several questions about the D-line, such as how will age affect the veterans who are one year older? Will K.Traylor be back? The run defense was not the same with him out of the line-up. We need a guy like him to keep people off Z.Thomas. Oh, and please start Ricky. He showed at the end of the year that he is the better of the two backs.

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