After the Miami Dolphins decided to trade Vontae Davis to the Indianapolis Colts, Sean Smith and Richard Marshall were suppose to be the starting Cornerbacks for the Dolphins this season. That was short lived after an injury to Richard Marshall sidelined him for most of the season. The next option for the Dolphins was third year CB, Nolan Carroll, who has had a very up and down career in the NFL.
This season Nolan Carroll was given the opportunity to be the starter for most of the season. Carroll ended the season with 46 total tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, and no interceptions. Stats aside, he had several Defensive Pass Interference penalties called on him and seemed to be the most picked on CB on the Dolphins roster. Regardless of which team the Dolphins played, or which WR he was covering, the QB targeted the WR he was covering very frequently.
Carroll’s best performance on the season would have been either the Dolphins week 7 win against the New York Jets or the week 8 loss the the Indianapolis Colts. Against the Jets he was able to get 7 total tackles, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble. Against the Colts he was able to get 10 total tackles, but didn’t record a single sack or forced fumble.
One of the main priorities for the Dolphins organization this off-season will be to address the issue at CB. Sean Smith is a Free Agent and Nolan Carroll is simply a backup CB. He gets outmatched by receivers too often to be a viable starter in the NFL.
With that said, my grade for Nolan Carroll this season is: C-