Miami Dolphins: The One Positive Light, the Secondary Improves Versus Titans

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst INovember 12, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 11: Tight end Jared Cook #89 of the Tennessee Titans catches a  touchdown against Reshad Jones #20 of the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on November 11, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Against the Indianapolis Colts and Andrew Luck, the Miami Dolphins' secondary was absolutely atrocious. With plenty of time in the pocket, the rookie from Stanford pinpointed his receivers and torched a secondary that seemed content with giving up the pass. And when the game came down to the wire, the Dolphins have already found themselves defeated by a superior passing game.

When the Dolphins took the field in Week 10 against the Tennessee Titans (4-6), it seemed set for a Dolphins victory. But as we have come to know in the beloved league, nothing is a guarantee in the NFL.

After the scoreboard read an unfortunate 37-3, the Dolphins left a home crowd desperate for answers about where the momentum from the 4-3 squad had gone. Where were the Dolphins that seemed primed to make a playoff push?

There is still no answer to that question. But despite a horrendous performance against the Titans, there was a distinct silver lining that is worth pointing out. The secondary looked much better.

First of all, I accept the fact that they were facing Jake Locker and the Tennessee Titans. There are definitely more experienced quarterbacks in the NFL that tend to perform at a higher level than Locker, who was just coming back from injury this weekend. 

I also concede to the fact that the Titans only ran 22 passing plays in the afternoon, which can explain their lack of production by comparison to Luck.

However, the secondary looked much stronger for the Dolphins. Less than 50 percent of Locker's passes were completed throughout the afternoon, only amassing for a meager total of 122 yards.

He did manage to throw for two touchdowns, but the Dolphins' secondary was much more involved in breaking up the pass and leading the way for the defense, especially with the relatively poor performance by the defensive line throughout the game.

That being said, the secondary still has strides to go before the Dolphins can truly label themselves as a huge contender in the AFC. But, it all starts from a solid performance. Hopefully the Dolphins can only go up from here.