When the Dolphins lost 59-10 and 43-0 in their first two games, Miami Dolphins lost safety Minkah Fitzpatrick who expressed his wish to leave the organisation and was soon traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Dolphins, who also gave their fourth round and seventh-round pick and in return, Miami received a 2020 first and fifth-round pick as well as a 2021 sixth-round pick.
This caused concern for the secondary of Miami with many predicting star cornerback Xavien Howard to also seek a trade away.
Howard ended up staying and later in the season suffered a season ending knee injury.
Dolphins have made secondary a point of emphasis
In the 2020 off season the Dolphins picked up Byron Jones in free agency after he left the Dallas Cowboys. They also picked up free safety Clayton Fejedelem who departed the Cincinnati Bengals during the off season.
The 2020 NFL Draft has since come and gone and Miami have further added to their secondary. Picking up cornerback Noah Igbinoghene out of Auburn and also drafted free safety from Texas, Brandon Jones.
This now leaves the Dolphins with a huge strength in depth in that secondary.
When Fitzpatrick left, the Miami secondary looked to be in danger of being depleted but fast forward eight months and the Dolphins look to have one of the best secondaries in the NFL.
All of these new additions will add to a secondary including Bobby McCain and Eric Rowe, who both had their moments, but only recorded three interceptions between them.
The new additions will add firepower to this secondary. Flores is a head coach who spent his whole time in New England on the defensive side of the ball.
Flores started off as a special teams coach with the Patriots before working as a defensive assistant, safeties coach, and then linebackers coach. He also spent time as a scout for New England from 2004-2007.
This shows the amount of experience Flores has in the defensive aspect of the game and this will only help the new additions to the secondary, especially with Flores’ time in New England as a safeties coach.
Better players around them will help the aforementioned Rowe and McCain pick up their numbers and to a brilliant and deep secondary which will help the Dolphins win more games.
The more interceptions recorded by Miami and the more times the secondary stops the opposition scoring offensive points will only go and help the Miami offence get more of the ball.
This will aid the progression of rookie Tua Tagovailoa by allowing him more snaps to improve his NFL experience.
In conclusion, the Dolphins are in a good position on the defensive side of the ball with the secondary now being one of the best on paper in the NFL.
Having a secondary that can turn the ball over with interceptions and stopping opposing offences will be a key step in the overall improvement of the team results.
Whilst the quarterback and both offensive and defensive lines are the most crucial on the field, the secondary for Miami will only go on help the defensive line. This will go a long way in the Miami Dolphins project that is underway in the attempts to bring the good times back to South Beach.