Miami Dolphins: Pass defense
We could have gone with offensive line here. But Miami improved in this area dramatically throughout the 2016 season and should continue improving in the second year of Adam Gase’s offense.
Defensively, the Dolphins have some issues. Featuring a front that is anchored by an aging Cam Wake and Ndamukong Suh, the defense managed just 33 sacks last year, ranking in the bottom half of the league. Because consistent pressure wasn’t there, the secondary gave up 30 touchdowns, which earned it a No. 25 ranking in this category.
Byron Maxwell wasn’t horrid last year like he was in Philly, and he’s the closest thing they have to a No. 1 corner. But tackling has been an issue at times.
Bennett stiff arm pic.twitter.com/v9mdTT5pG2
— Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) March 15, 2017
Xavien Howard is a significant step down from Maxwell, and he’s the team’s second-best corner. Reshad Jones is one of the better safeties in the NFL, but he’s not good enough to make up for the lack of overall talent on the corner.
Nate Allen is…well, he’s Nate Allen.
Now, it’s true Miami’s offense is better than it’s been in a while and can score points on a regular basis. But in a division with Tom Brady and the Pats, you’re not going to pull ahead if you’re giving up points by the dozens, either.