Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell must live in a different universe than the rest of us.
Buzzing about Tweetdeck I stumbled upon this gem of a quote from Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
I’m not going to lie. This made me snort.
Remember, this is the same guy who said the Philadelphia Eagles were going to win the Super Bowl after signing with the club.
Before I rip into how absurd this is, I’ll start by saying this: There is a slight possibility that Maxwell’s 2015 campaign with the Eagles was but an aberration and that Maxwell is actually not one of the more average cover corners in the NFL.
And to be fair, there was a stretch during the middle of the season last year in which Maxwell did acquit himself well. But overall, he stunk it up in 2015.
But a No. 1 cornerback he is not.
Even going back to his days with the Seattle Seahawks and the Legion of Boom, Maxwell wasn’t a key player in that defense unless he had to be due to injuries. When he played, he played well but wasn’t close to being a superstar at the cornerback position.
Maxwell’s best season as a pro came back in 2013 when he tallied four interceptions in a part-time role with the Seahawks. He was always just one of the lesser cogs in that unit, which is why everyone was stunned when the Eagles made him one of the richer corners in the league before the 2015 campaign.
I’m certainly not the only one who sees this about Maxwell, either. After the corner was traded to the Dolphins James Walker of ESPN went back to look at the tape and came away with similar sentiments:
“Overall, I have concern about Maxwell’s ability to fill the No. 1 cornerback role in Miami after studying his game tape of last season. Better coaching and a better scheme should help. But Maxwell must make sizable improvements from what I saw last season.”
Not a No. 1 cornerback.
It’s good he has confidence in himself, though. He’s going to need lots of it this year when he’s getting torched by the likes of Brandon Marshall of the New York Jets, who cannot wait to go against Maxwell.