Out of Vontae Davis' shadow, Sean Smith stands out

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  1. phinatic1399

    phinatic1399 Diehard Phinatic!

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    Most of the coaches who have faced the Dolphins this season insisted they had neither the time nor interest to watch the Hard Knocks series that offered an in-depth look at the team’s training camp.
    Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis, on the other hand, watched and learned.
    Lewis spoke this week of paying special attention to cornerback Sean Smith, analyzing HBO’s video of Smith’s work on the practice field to show his own defensive backs.
    “He has great leverage, great length, he can run, he’s not afraid, so he has all the qualities of being a great cornerback in the NFL,” said Lewis, whose club hosts Miami on Sunday.
    “You’ve got to have a short memory; you’ve got to go out there and have ice in your veins, and he seems to play like that. He was one of the guys we really liked when he came out in the draft.”
    A second-round pick by Miami in 2009, Smith (6-foot-3, 218 pounds) took a back seat for most of his first three seasons to Vontae Davis, the Dolphins’ first-rounder the same year. But Davis’ trade to Indianapolis in August left Smith with the responsibility of often lining up against an opponent’s top receiver.
    He received accolades for doing just that last week. After telling secondary coach Lou Anarumo he wanted to match up with Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald, Smith held the six-time Pro Bowler to eight catches for 64 yards while coming down with two interceptions.
    “I saw something Sunday I liked,” said Sam Madison, arguably the best corner in Dolphins history, having totaled 31 interceptions from 1997 through 2005. “I saw Sean attacking the ball at its highest point, which as a 6-3 corner means he’ll get it every time when he goes up against guys like Wes Welker (New England), Stevie Johnson (Buffalo) and Santonio Holmes (New York Jets).
    “That’s why you look for bigger corners, to do those types of things.”
    It’s a good bet that Smith will get another challenge Sunday in second-year wideout A.J. Green, who made the Pro Bowl as a rookie and leads the AFC in receptions with 27. Green said what Smith did last week impressed him.
    “If you want to be a great corner, a lock-down corner, you have to go against the best. Anyone who asks for that challenge has to have high expectations of himself,” Green said. “(Smith) is a long guy, real physical, something like the (Seattle) Seahawks’ corners.”
    That’s a tip of the hat in itself. Three members of Seattle’s secondary made the Pro Bowl last year, including 6-4 corner Brandon Browner.
    Until Smith came along, the tallest cornerback in Dolphins history was 6-foot-2 Curtis Johnson, who played from 1970 through ‘78. Madison said he expects big corners to be a trend in light of the rules that limit contact with a receiver.
    “With the NFL being so pass-happy now, you can’t sit back in zone, you have to play press (man-to-man) coverage,” he said. “So, if you’ve got some big cornerbacks out there who can get their hands on wide receivers, it throws off (their) timing and allows your front seven time to get pressure on the quarterback.”

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  2. sensation24

    sensation24 Miami Dolphins # 1

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    My man Sean smith representing. I know a lot of people on this board bashed the ever living sh*t outta smith saying he will never amount to anything and has been nothing but a disappointment. I know we as dolphin fans tend to be "a little" impatient but I am glad to see he isn't in the shadow of vontae Davis anymore. Not saying I don't wish Tae was still opposite of SS24, but honestly ever since they were drafted Sean Smith has been the guy that has started ever since he was a rookie and also his size and athletic ability for a corner is a major upside. I think there is no doubt that Sean Smith & Brian Hartline must be signed to long term deals.
     
  3. dlockz

    dlockz Hall Of Famer

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    Sean smith was actually benched for a bit so he has not started ever since he has been a rookie. I think we need to evaluate him also over the whole season not sure he is a must sign. he has improved but he has looked bad at times
     
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    I think we tend to forget that Sean Smith didn't play defense in high school, and was a WR originally in college. Cornerbackin' is a craft, he is working hard from what it looks like to refine and improve it. Most of us expected last year to be his "year" to really grasp the position and play with more physicality like he has shown now he is capable of; I gotta say he has exceeded my expectations thus far but I'll wait until the season is over and see if that's still the case.
     
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    sinPHIN A True Fan

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    smith is getting better. i like him and hope we resign him. he really impressed last week
     
  6. Roman529

    Roman529 Moon Runner / The 3 AM Crew

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    I think Sean Smith is getting better all the time, and I also think that our pass rushers are doing a better job getting to the QB, which makes it easier for our d-backs to do their jobs. :brewskis:
     

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