The Miami Dolphins enter their second consecutive game against a defense that is stingy when it comes to the pass. Last week against the Jets it was clear that the receivers for the Miami Dolphins lacked ability to get open and catch the ball until Revis left the game with a torn ACL. This week, it doesn’t get any easier as they face the Arizona Cardinals. Their secondary is so good, they have been able to let go of players who are starting for other teams across the league.
In 2010, the Cardinals let Antrel Rolle go to avoid paying him a $4 million roster bonus. In 2011, the Cardinals traded away Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Philadelphia Eagles. This past offseason, the Cards let Miami Dolphins corner Richard Marshall go. A team just doesn’t do this unless they are absolutely stacked, which is what the Cardinals are on defense.
After the departures of those players, the Cardinals are still left with Patrick Peterson, William Gay, Kerry Rhodes, and Adrian Wilson. That group is currently ranked 7th in passing yards allowed with 618 yards in 3 games. That number becomes even more impressive when you consider 2 of those games were against Tom Brady and the Patriots and Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles. I’m sorry folks, but those two teams are better across the board than the Miami Dolphins are in the passing game. It may be very difficult for the Dolphins to have success through the air, especially with how much the receivers have struggled through 3 games this year. It is evident that they have trouble getting open, and they are also near the league lead in dropped passes. These receivers need to improve if they plan on having any success on the offensive side of the ball. They need to get better separation on their routes, and they need to catch the ball when it is thrown to them. If they don’t start turning things around, teams are going to start stacking the box against the Dolphins and force them to throw. Look for the active receivers on game day to change from time to time, except for Bess and Hartline. Naanee has been non existent, and Armstrong let a ball go right through his hands Sunday when the Dolphins were trying to run out the clock. This won’t be tolerated very long with Philbin and Sherman, others will be given a chance sooner rather than later.