Miami's cornerback situation still a problem
The defensive backfield in general and the cornerback spot in particular was an area of great disappointment the last 12 months.
First round pick Jason Allen, who played both cornerback and safety and mastered neither in his rookie year, was a non-factor.
Andre' Goodman, a pleasant surprise of a free agent acquisition, finished the season on the injured reserve list.
Will Allen, acquired in free agency to help us forget the ball-hawking exploits of Pat Surtain and Sam Madison, was OK, but hardly a star.
And despite the fact the defensive backfield was Nick Saban's responsibility, the position he actually coached personally, the Dolphins managed only eight interceptions all season. That, by the way, is the lowest mark in franchise history.
Yes, despite having good pressure from the defensive front that included an MVP caliber year by Jason Taylor, the defensive backfield couldn't deliver game-changing plays with any consistency.
That has led to very little activity this offseason to improve the situation.
So Jason Allen has now been settled in at cornerback where presumably his inability to learn all the calls and assignments of the safety spot won't hinder him. But in adding Allen to the cornerback corps, a move that offers no guarantee of working, the Dolphins have serious doubts about perhaps their best CB.
Goodman has undergone another shoulder surgery, the third for him by my count, and could very well miss the start of training camp next month -- maybe even much of the preseason.
So the Dolphins are down to Travis Daniels and Will Allen as their starters. That's no better than where they were last year when, I remind you, the defensive backfield had a franchise low number of interceptions.
So what's the big deal?
Well, while the Dolphins defensive backfield has failed to graduate from suspect status, the chances of things getting worse around them has improved. The New England Patriots, a division rival, have added not one, not two, but three starting caliber receivers, one of whom is named Randy Moss.
The Jets did their part to keep pace with New England by using their first round draft pick on a cornerback. But the Dolphins, aching on offense, could afford no such luxury.
So what is the point? Well, in the world of hindsight critics and second-guess journalists, I simply want to point out this GLARING issue that is bothering me now in June so that when it becomes a problem in September, none of you guys say I didn't bother to tell you this was brewing.