I am very concerned about the Dolphins' defense. They just lost Mike Nolan, who did a fine job as defensive coordinator. A new coordinator will be hired and it is likely the defense must learn to transition to a 4:3 system. Paul Soliai, just named to the Pro Bowl, is a beast at NT. His contract is up and he will cost a bundle to re-sign. Players like him, especially durable ones, are very difficult to replace. I hope the Dolphins' brass makes the correct decisions on him and Kendall Langford, another top free agent. Philip Merling, a high draft pick several years ago, has been a disappointment thus far. It is likely he was misbranded by the Dolphins and might be a better fit in a 4:3 defensive system. His status needs to be revisited. Ditto for Koa Misi. The Dolphins' secondary, once thought to be the team's strength, hasn't lived up to expectations. Sean Smith has been a disappointment, Yeremiah Bell is aging, nobody has staked a firm claim on the FS position, and Nolan Carroll needs a great deal more seasoning. The Dolphins badly need better pass rushers. None of this stuff is glamorous but Philbin needs to address the defense as much as the offense. The Dolphins' depth last season was paper thin. I hope Philbin begins by selecting a quality defensive coordinator. Philbin released Todd Bowles today, which probably had more to do with personal reasons than anything else. After all, would anybody want a person working under him who applied for the exact same job and didn't get it? I think not.
All Dolphins' moves will be scrutinized very closely.