So far this year, the Miami Dolphins have been talked about when coming to the offensive side of the ball, but not so much on the defensive side. While nobody may be talking about it, the defense has proven to be decent, if not better.
The Dolphins’ passing defense is rated 18th in yards allowed. With the exception of Andrew Luck and Drew Brees, the Dolphins passing D has been able to either contain or turn over each quarterback they have played against.
Through five games, the Phins’ defense has 13 sacks and 6 interceptions. Last year, Miami had a total of 10 interceptions. By that stat alone, it’s obvious that Miami has made great strides in forcing turnovers. The only thing that can be improved with the passing defense is consistency. If they become consistent , things will only get better.
The Dolphins rush defense is rated 7th in the league. For years, the Phins have had one of the best rush defenses in the league. In the past four years, the rush defense has been ranked no lower than 18th.
What keeps Miami’s rush defense at a high rate is their teamwork. Miami is not known for having any individual standouts , yet they collectively get the job done. The main thing that occurs with this team is the fact that everyone plays their role. The defensive linemen know what they have to do, the linebackers know what they have to do , and the secondary knows what they have to do.
I believe that today , the Dolphins’ front four can match up with any other team in the NFL. With 13 sacks, the front four is an underrated but dangerous group.
While Miami’s defense still needs work, they are not too far away from having an elite defense in the league.
If I had to grade the defense between an A-F , I would give them a solid B.