Does Miami Have a Quadfecta on Its Hands?

9 Aug

If early indications mean anything, Mike Nolan will soon be granted “Fecta” status with the Miami Dolphins. Thus far it is our defense that has dominated camp. Mike’s Maulers have come after the offense with a sea of different looks and schemes, exactly the innovation Nolan has been known for.
Denver didn’t have the talent level and depth that the 2010 Dolphins will enjoy on the defensive side of the ball, yet Nolan’s squad ranked 7th overall. The Bottlenose is excited to have an innovative, attacking defense that should be just as exciting to watch as our offense.

Cameron Wake unleashed. An active nose in Randy Starks who can not only hold up at the line, but also get into the backfield? A playmaker and leader in Karlos Dansby. Two budding corners in Vontae Davis and Sean Smith (the latter has been giving Brandon Marshall fits). A slugger down the field in Yeremiah Bell. Solid contributors in Langford, Crowder, Allen. Beasts Marques Douglas and Charles Grant added in recent days. Not to mention newcomers Koa Misi, Jared Odrick and Nolan Carroll, who have all been impressing. Even Chris Clemons, who was the biggest defensive question mark heading into his first year as a starter, has been on point thus far (also worth pointing out that I think he’s a lock to be the fastest Free Safety in the NFL).

Mike Nolan took Baltimore’s 22nd ranked defense and guided them to elite status. Oh, and that Broncos defense Nolan coached up to #7 in the league? They were 29th the year before he arrived. Miami’s talent and depth has The Bottlenose convinced that Nolan is about to work some whoop-ass mojo in SoFlo.

Which begs the question, how does one go about being added to a pre-existing “Fecta”? Is this something for the agents to hash out? Additionally, if Dan Henning can successfully merge Brandon Marshall’s talent, Henne’s arm, and the Wildcat, will be dealing with a “Quintfecta”?

We’ll sort it out at team headquarters after the season, bathed in the glow of our new Lombardi.

The tortured mind of a defensive genius.


6 Responses to “Does Miami Have a Quadfecta on Its Hands?”

  1. stage August 9, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    “Sean Smith (the latter has been giving Brandon Marshall fits)”? In countless weeks, there was only one reported play that Smith knocked down a pass. One play does not equate to “giving Brandon Marshall fits.” In fact, 99% of the reports on Smith have been that he is having a bad camp; can’t recover after giving up a big play; and was pushed by Jason Allen of all people. Be careful with that kind of reporting. It’s actually insulting to Marshall, and the rest of us.

  2. danewen August 9, 2010 at 9:36 am #

    “Sean he’s been getting the best of me these last couple of days.” – Brandon Marshall

    If Brandon’s talking about one play over those days, or perhaps one incredibly long play that takes two days to run, and that’s the one pass that Sean made a good play on, then I apologize.

    Also, apologies if you felt insulted. Marshall seems to have insulted himself, so I don’t know if I owe him one. Thanks for stopping by The Bottlenose. Hope to see you again soon.

  3. chris August 9, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    I was surprised to hear Marshall say he was getting beat by SS. All I heard early in camp was that both CB were regularly getting burned by him. He is a real impact and making both sides of the ball better.

    • danewen August 9, 2010 at 10:11 am #

      Oh, and I’m sure that The Beast will burn ’em both plenty for the rest of camp. But it was very encouraging to hear this. If after seven practices a youngster like Sean Smith is going toe to toe with Marshall, I am thrilled. Indeed, what an amazing learning experience to have Brandon lining up across from you.

  4. Stage August 9, 2010 at 12:43 pm #

    Danewen, I searched for your quote: “Sean’s been getting the best of me these last couple of days” on the net and all avenues ended at one source–you in this article. Where did you find the quote? Perhaps he said it to you and you are breaking this news. Yet, you didn’t quote him. Strange.

    • danewen August 9, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

      I appreciate your diligence, but I can’t let you keep Sean Smith down to one good play, not when The Beast himself is telling us otherwise.

      And I have updated the exact quote from “Sean’s been getting…” to “Sean he’s been getting…” in my comments. Again I apologize if this in some way hindered your Google quest to make The Bottlenose seem incorrect about Sean’s improved play.

      Again, I apologize if you were insulted. Thanks for visiting The Bottlenose.

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