There wasn't a whole lot to smile about during the 2013 season for the Miami Dolphins. The team started off strong and battled through a bullying scandal before losing its last two games, thus missing the playoffs yet again.
However, the brightest spot for the Dolphins this season came in the form of a gamble. The Dolphins took a chance on Brent Grimes after a torn Achilles ended his 2012 season and his time with the Atlanta Falcons. That risk paid off big time as Grimes was named to his second career Pro Bowl.
Grimes made the most of his one-year deal with the Dolphins. The seven-year veteran recorded 60 tackles, 16 pass deflections and four interceptions. One of his interceptions helped the Dolphins force overtime in a Halloween night win over the Cincinnati Bengals—Grimes picked off Andy Dalton late in the game and returned the pick 94-yards for a touchdown. You can see the footage below.
For his career, he has amassed 314 tackles, 72 pass deflections and 17 interceptions. Grimes is well on his way to being one of the most dominant corners in the league.
No disrespect to any Dolphins players, coaches, executives....but the only person who showed up to play the final 2 games was Brent Grimes.
— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) January 27, 2014
During the 2013 season, Grimes surrendered a total of zero touchdowns. I'll repeat that—Grimes did not allow a single touchdown this season. The Miami secondary was the most improved unit on the squad this season and Grimes was a huge part of that.
In the 2012 season, the Dolphins had a total of 13 interceptions, which improved to 19 this season. The Dolphins defense forced a turnover in every game this season where Grimes and Dimitri Patterson both lead the Dolphins with four interceptions a piece.
Where will Brent Grimes play next season?
Patterson battled injury all season before being placed on IR by the Dolphins. As improved as the Miami secondary was this season, they may have been even better with a healthy Patterson. When healthy, Grimes and Patterson give Miami one of the league’s best cornerback tandems.
Grimes' importance to this defense cannot be underestimated. Re-signing Grimes has to be Miami's number one priority heading into the offseason. What Grimes lacks in size he more than makes up for with his speed and phenomenal athletic ability.
In a season full of turmoil, controversy and inconsistent play, Grimes was the one Dolphin that brought his A-game every single week. He is Miami's defensive MVP and one of the biggest reasons to be hopeful of better things to come.
Stats courtesy of NFL.com