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.