Written by Steven Wilson | Twitter: @stevenjwilson11
In an age of shotgun formations, four-and-five receiver packages and pass-happy offenses, tough-nosed defensive secondary’s are becoming hard to assemble and even harder to keep together. The Dolphins, who have had their fair share of troubles piecing cover-men together in the past, currently rank ninth in passing yards allowed (215 ypg) through four games this year. Safety Jimmy Wilson has filled in admirably at safety and his coach hopes the experience will pay dividends when he returns to nickel cornerback.
“You never play football in isolation – you are part of a grander scheme of things,” Philbin stated. “The more you understand where your help is and where it’s not – which way the safety is coming down the nickel should know that anyway, but having experience in games and a lot of practice reps might just speed him up that much.”
Wilson and the second-year cornerback tandem of Will Davis and Jamar Taylor have had the added benefit of learning from Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes. Together, Miami’s cover-men have shutdown some of the best receivers in the game.
“It’s been coming along and I think Jamar played well in London,” said Philbin. “Will got beat on one obvious play that everybody saw in the stands, but they are both coming along and both developing.”
With time, the Dolphins competitive secondary could mature into one of the best in the league.
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