The list of guys playing well for the Dolphins
As you know very well, the Dolphins are winless but they've put up a fight in a couple of games so everything can't be completely horrible. So I will attempt in this post to tell you the players who are actually playing well.
It will thus be a short post.
This list comes from a Dolphins coach who took me into his confidence this week. Typically coaches on this staff don't say who is playing well or poorly for fear of offending -- something I never understood because it ruins their credibility when they say things like a receiver who dropped five passes is working really hard to get better.
Anyway here's the list:
1. Ronnie Brown. The guy has strung together consecutive 200-all-purpose-yard games and leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage. That TD in which he plowed the Oakland safety was magnificent.
2. Rex Hadnot. It stands to reason if Brown has holes to run through, somebody is creating those holes. Hadnot is not a Pro Bowl guy, but he's playing as well as he has in his career.
3. Donovin Darius. He took over for an injured Travares Tillman last week and is already an upgrade at his safety spot. It says here Tillman will not get his starting job back from Darius unless Darius gets hurt. Darius has also, after one start, returned a physical toughness to the deep secondary that coaches thought was lost for the season when Yeremiah Bell went down.
4. Derrick Pope. He is a career special teams player but upon getting a chance to play D when Zach Thomas got hurt and Channing Crowder moved to the middle, Pope has surprised folks enough that he has moved past Donnie Spragan in the linebacker rotation.
5. Jay Feely. He has to be on here because, well, the guy hasn't missed this year. He's 7-for-7 on PATs and 7-for-7 on field goals. I didn't even realize the Dolphins had scored that much this season, but Feely has delivered every time he's had the opportunity.
That's it. That's where it pretty much ends right now. Hopefully the list expands after the next few weeks.