Ed Reed gives Miami’s defense a taste of what it’s missing

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  1. hugoguzman

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    http://www.realfootball365.com/articles/dolphins/13505

    Still, none of these guys have really made game-changing plays their calling card. Even the aforementioned Bell, who has earned the respect of teammates and fans alike with his tenacity and consistent play, falls way short in the interception department, having bagged just one during his entire career.

    Please take a moment to read the rest of this piece and let me know your thoughts. Thanks!
     
  2. FINdestructible

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    Great article. I agree 100% :up:
     
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    I agree that we need a playmaking DB but we also need playmakers at every level of the defense. Aside from the last month of the season, Joey Porter was the only Dolphins defender that made plays on a consistent basis. Who knows, with a more consistent pass rush, the DBs may be more aggressive and create a few more big plays.
     
  4. hugoguzman

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    Interesting point, though I would argue that our defensive line made their fair share of big plays down the stretch.
     
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    The pressure that the front 7 applies to the opposing Qb forces him to find a WR quickly and throw or be sacked, this allows Reed to read the QB easier and make big plays.
    I'm not discounting the fact that Reed is excellent at what he does but QB's with no time are more likely to make bad decisions because they don't have time to read where the Safties are playing. That's also why so players are open (Fasano) and when you have no time to go through your progressions bad things happen or big plays happen like Cobbs on that first drive.
     
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    Great article. I totally agree. We really need an Ed Reed type at safety. Bell has been great, but he doesn't pick the ball off. He's outstanding in run support, and is always around the ball though. Hill is solid, but not a playmaker. Just imagine what we could do with a ball hawk, playmaking FS next to Bell.
     
  7. Fish-Head

    Fish-Head U made the pudding but forgot the proof.

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    Ed Reed gives EVERY NFL DEFENSE EXCEPT BALTIMORE a taste of what it is missing. He is a VERY special player.

    Good read as always!
     
  8. Geforce

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    Everytime I read comments like these about Bell, I always think about that Houston game when he failed to knocked the ball down/away from Andre Johnson on 4th & 10 in the last minute of the game.
     
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    Should've been knocked down, but wasn't. Bell also had an INT hit him right in the hands that game. As did Hill. Matter of fact, we dropped I think 5 picks that game. Heartbeaker.
     
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    it'd be sweet to have an Ed Reed type of player at our FS position,and maybe we can get one in this upcoming draft...great read Hugo...
     
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    Good read, Hugo. Play makers at FS and LB are a big part of the missing pieces for our D.
     
  12. John Biello

    John Biello Perennial All-Pro

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    good article hugo, but everyone in the league needs an ed reed type safety, they just don't come around that often.
     
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    Doesn't Ed Reed show just about everyone in the NFL what they're missing?
     
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    Thank you. The only team that isn't missing what Ed Reed has, is the Ravens.
     
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    Great article, ed reed has been doing it for a long time. He is easily one of the top three defensive players in all of the NFL.

    taylor mays....?
     
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    Well in fairness, I specifically pointed out that Reed is one of the greatest safeties of all time and that it's not likely that we'll find someone of that caliber anytime soon (if ever). I also stated that none of our guys, including Bell, have really made a name for themselves as playmakers.

    Also, the idea that every other team in the league lacks a playmaker like Reed in the secondary is really not true, because there several other teams that have big-time playmakers in their secondary.

    Pittsburgh and Indianapolis immediately come to mind (Polamalu and Sanders) and not surprisingly, when those guys are healthy, those two defenses are among the better ones in the league. Another good example is Brian Dawkins, who at 35 years of age is still helping his Eagles win playoff games because of his big-play ability.

    And there are also various cornerbacks that serve the same purpose on their respective teams.

    There's no doubt that a talent like Ed Reed doesn't come around very often, but I believe that Miami needs to find themselves a player that's capable of consistently changing games with his big play ability.

    Just my humble two cents.
     
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    well sai GoonBoss i could add that here in the big 12 country we lack that type of play on pretty much every team in this conference.

    of course people like Ed Reed ddont grow on trees .

    this is a good thread for I am now realizing what you guys have been trying to get through this mule head of mine.

    could we say that the following positions could use a bigtime player at.

    cornerback
    safety
    de
    and nt/dt

    on offense
    I can say wr, ot and center .

    you guys know who we really need if he was in his prime and that Brock Marion.:up:
     
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    To be realistic, most of our defensive backs are guys who would be backups in the leagues best defenses. We certaintly need to upgrade our FS, grab a corner that is physical enough to play the number 2 position, and have the rest of our corners compete for the nickel position. People have been aw by the play of goodman; however, just cause you get 5 int's doesn't mean that you are elegible to be a starter.

    1. We need a solid NT(Ferg is getting up there in age and Solai has a way to go)
    2. FS
    3. Corner next to Will or better(anyone that can compliment will be terrific)
    4. We can bring Eric Barton, Bart to compete for our linebacker positions. If we can sign Crowder that would be terrific due to the fact that he had a career season.
    5. Need to have someone replace Roth fulltime and just bring Roth in situational situations. Roth can be lined up in other formations. Our outside linebacker position just requires speed and great coverage skills, anything less will be a liability to us.
     
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    If we could get a consistent pass rush, our DBs would look that much better.
     
  20. Nosferatu

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    What's Miami missing? A QB to lob ridiculously ill-advised passes into double coverage repeatedly for its defense? I'm not taking anything away from Ed Reed, cuz I agree he's the best safety in football. But still....Chad made it pretty easy.
     

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