Miami's options for replacing Bell all bad
Travares Tillman, who failed at the position last year?
Jason Allen, who didn't have a chance to fail at the position because he couldn't learn the position?
Donovin Darius, who's been cut by two teams in three months?
Travis Daniels, who's never really played the position and is a starting cornerback until Andre' Goodman's shoulder finally recovers?
Nope, the Dolphins don't have too many good options for replacing one of the few young, ascending players on their defense. So this is going to have to be a moment where Miami picks the best of several bad options.
The team will work out Darius today to see if, at 32 years old, he still has some gas in the tank. To see if he can still run following multiple season-ending injuries the past couple of years. To see if he remembers any of Dom Capers system from the time the Miami defensive coordinator was Jacksonville's D-coordinator from 1999-2000.
The fact Darius is on the radar screen speaks to Miami's poor in-house choices.
Allen? He failed at safety last season because he didn't know the calls well enough to make them fast enough and then actually play them without getting burned. So the team ended that experiment this year by turning him into a cornerback ... who still isn't good enough to get on the field.
Tillman? He is a solid special teams player but was exposed last year as a starter. Remember that tight end running untouched for a TD in the Pittsburgh game? Where was he? Remember the interception that slipped through his hands in the Green Bay game?
That one went seemingly through Tillman and straight into a Green Bay receiver's hands for a game-deciding TD. At Houston? Tillman was always around the ball, but never really made the play. Tillman's inability to win onfield matchups was the reason Bell was put into the starting lineup in the first place.
And then there's Daniels. That experiment might work if the Dolphins had a full complement of cornerbacks. If Goodman was healthy, if Allen was good, if, if, if. But Miami's hands seem tied on this front at least for several more weeks.
Sooo ... We shall see in the coming days how the Dolphins make the best of some really bad options.