How is Nolan Carroll still employed by the Miami Dolphins?
I wondered that again yesterday, as Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson got past Carroll to catch a touchdown pass early in the first quarter.
Then I did a little bit of research and discovered that maybe there might be some nepotism involved.
You see, Carroll is the son of Florida's Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll, who is the first African-American woman to serve as Lieutenant Governor in the history of Florida and is partially responsible for Governor Rick Scott being elected last November.
I'll keep my political views out of this since this is Bleacher Report and not the Huffington Post, but right now I'm sure there are plenty of Miami Dolphins fans who now detest Carroll even more. (If you live outside of Florida, all I'll say is that Governor Rick Scott's approval rating is about as high as Tony Sparano's right now. In fact, I'm sure that Governor Scott would kill for Sparano's current approval ratings.)
So yes, nepotism is likely the reason why Carroll is still a member of the Dolphins.
But he's not alone in the secondary's woes. When a team ranks 30th in passing yards allowed, he can't be the only reason.
First of all, Vontae Davis hasn't played since Week 2 against Houston. Then you have Sean Smith, who's been exposed as still being too green and very overrated.
The safety position, other than Yeremiah Bell (who's looking pretty old but is still more productive than most of the unit), is a quagmire with Reshad Jones missing tackles so often that we're wishing that we'd resigned Gabril Wilson.
The Dolphins' secondary has only one interception this season—Jimmy Wilson's in Week 3.
But the secondary isn't the only problem on this team, not by a long shot.
It has only been consistently the worst.