It’s Time To Cut Rashed Jones

It’s time to cut Rashed Jones

As many of you know, I always keep a special eye on our secondary, specifically the Free Safety position.  I had the privilege to watch Brock Marion, and Louis Oliver play and own the position while growing up.  Oliver was my favourite Dolphin growing up, and I tried my best to cater my game like his.  A true ball hawk owning the secondary.

Like most of you, I watched yesterday game and I have to break my silence.  It’s time to give up on Rashed Jones.  I am not going to bring up the previous games against the Patriots (99 yard TD that he allowed) Texans (blow coverage on game winning TD), Browns (did he even play?) because I think those memories are still in your haunted dreams.

Let’s just focus on yesterday’s performance and I will prove to you why he doesn’t belong in the NFL.

 Over the top help:

VJax schooled our secondary.  The only good new we had all day was when he left the game, otherwise he would have gone over 200 yards and perhaps 3 TDs.  I am sure you aware of his TD catch that was probably the highlight of the night on SportsCenter.  Let’s break down what happened.

VJax ran a Z post fly.  Vjax was initially covered by Sean Smith.  Jackson ran off his initial bump and run coverage, his over the top help was Bell.  Bell bit hard on the first zig and Jackson saw that, and just finished his route.  He went untouched and made an amazing catch on the 13 yard line.  Not only did he make a diving catch, but he had time to stand back up, dust himself off and then break a terrible attempt to tackle him and bring it to the house.



Jones has a wraparound Jackson.  Perfect opportunity to tackle him, you can’t ask for anything more. But what happens, he can’t tackle and Vjax goes into the house.  It’s not Jones fault for the coverage, but he should have made this tackle especially when you have a chance to wrap him.


Playing the Robber: Pass

Mike Nolan uses his Free Safety to play the Robber on the majority of calls he plays.  The Robber is a technique that allows the Free Safety the opportunity to rob the opposition of plays.  On a pass play the Robber is basically playing a soft cover 1 zone.  The Free Safety has to jump up and allow the play to come to him and make the tackle.

Well Jones was given this opportunity and it looks like he embarrassed himself. Let’s break this down.

San Diego calls a HB screen on a 3rd and 18.  This was a turning  point, Wake just had a sack and we thought we were going to get our D off of the field, but then this happened.

Jones was playing the Robber and was in position to make the play:


The red circle is Jones.  He is basically looking at Mathews and in position to make a tackle while everyone else is catching up from behind, but what happens…terrible read and his play on the ball was off by a mile:


Mathew does a cut move and breaks Jones foundation.  Mathew is now in the clear with 4 Dolphins trying to chase him.

Where is Jones? Great question, lying on the field.

Playing the Robber: Run

This is when I lost it.  We had the Chargers deep in their own territory. 4th quarter hoping to make a three and out.  Jones is once again playing the Robber, in perfect position:


The play has been snapped and it was a I weak lead, bring the play right to Jones:



That’s Jones once again, in perfect position to make the play.  He’s got the perfect read on Mathews and he should be stopped right there….but what happens:



I have no idea what Jones was trying to do, but he look like an idiot right now, flying with nothing to hit.  Mathews is 3 yards ahead of Jones…and Jones is trying to fly like Superman or trying his best to jumbo impression.

 I am not saying Jones lost us the game, but he was in perfect position (thank you Mike Nolan) to make some plays that would help our D.  What we are seeing is that our Free Safety position is useless.  We are not getting anything from this position and our Coordinator is putting the player exactly where they need to be, but with no results.  This isn’t a coaching error,  this is the players fault.  I can’t believe I am going to say this….I want Chris Clemons back!


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  • fins4ever

    I guess it took VD being hurt to show just how thin and untalented the secondary really is. In a passing league like the NFL, this must be addressed ASAP. Agree on Jones. Throw in Nolan Carroll as well.

    Yes, I too loved Louie O! Also was a big fan of Sam Madison.

  • Bahamas

    My friend you know my feel on the FS position all the way from OJ to missing out on prospects we have identified.
    I dont understand how we can continue to think 5th round talent is good enough to start. Make a committment and get someone to anchor the backfield.
    If Dave Wanny understood this, why doesnt Tony? Just like you have stated numerous amounts of time on the TE position.

    Oliver was my favorite player…i loved watching him he was the defintion of a ball hawk…same with Marion…When i played i watched so much film on Marion

  • Bahamas

    @fins4ever By the way…great article on the injuries!

  • MeirBenEliahu

    Nooo. We should not cut reshad Jones…..reshad Jones is a strong safety and I bet if we cut him and another team picks him up…..he will become a stud at strong safety……I think right now we should keep all the players and when the season ends and bring in a new coach and a new GM. Fire sparano and ireland. Have a good draft a qb in first, right tackle in second, and a tightend in third and then draft defence, move the players to the positions they played in college and then decide who makes the team and who does not. and maybe we can get a nice player in free agency

  • fins4ever

    @Bahamas Thank you!

    The team needs to find a way to cut down on preventable injuries like muscle pulls. They should hire the best fitness trainers and yoga instructor as possible.

  • mgoodwin04

    Couldn’t agree more. Why do we struggle so much with this position? Watching Jones this year is just as bad as watching Wilson a couple of years ago. So many good safeties we missed on. I loved Burnett coming out…haven’t followed Nate Allen recently but seems like he would have been fine too.

    I’ve also worried about Bell in pass protection last couple of years. Now he’s not even providing stiff run support. Awful, awful swiss cheese secondary. The communication on the field is clearly lacking.

  • Lespaul

    i didn’t get a chance to watch the game and only saw the highlight of Jone’s whiffing the tackle on Jackson. That alone should give him a pink slip…you had this dude on the ground and wrapped up and still couldn’t tackle him. Guess I am an Atwater and Lott fan, but today’s guys it’s hard to beat Reed. I agree that the secondary in particular safety position, has been sorely overlooked and completely mismanaged.

  • mscout99

    I agree Jones is terrible, but can’t you make the case that the screen pass and the run shouldn’t have even gotten to him? Where were the LB’s? Where is the pressure from the defensive line? If this robber package/scheme hasn’t been working (which it obvisouly isn’t), why does Nolan continue to run it?

  • mgoodwin04

    Don’t get me wrong, Burnett is terrible too. He was flailing his arms around and complaining at Dansby after choosing the wrong gap time after time. Bummer because I was excited about that guy. I think a case could be made that pulling free agents out of the AFC West (and the Cowboys) may be a bad idea.

  • Bahamas

    @mscout99 My frien Nolan is just asking a NFL player to do what he was drafted to do…make a play. All Jones has to do is wrap up…you can’t ask for anything more than that from a DC. However its the players fault and if cant do which we have seen…its time for the HC to repalce him

  • jonesmoving

    This was a fantastic breakdown. Good work!

  • Lespaul

    Hey Bahama…where did you play? good assessment on the position.

  • Bahamas

    @Lespaul Thank my friend. I played at Michigan, division II.

  • Bahamas

    @jonesmoving Thanks!

  • Bahamas

    @mscout99 All great points. I previously wrote a post about ‘it all starts up front’ meaning that we are not getting any production from our primary point of attack…DL and LBs.

    The best secondary is the one that has to contains for the shortest amount of time

  • Lespaul

    @Bahamas @Lespaul I played at NCST back in the 80s. Came in as a tight end, but too small and switched to SS. Safety and corner are positions that are often misunderstood and maligned.

  • Bahamas

    True…I like you came from O. I was a running back that converted over to FS after freshman year. NC State…that’s amazing.

  • Lespaul

    @Bahamas well sortnof amazing. We didn’t have good teams until coach Sheridan came on board after my second year. Was a great time and will cherish a moment I played. It still cracks me up when friends and family comment about a play or non-play because of what they saw on TV. Man, if they only knew….the world from the players perspective is so much different than what you see on tv eecially playing DB. It can be difficult to get a good perspective unless you have played the game.

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