Oct 28, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) fumbles the football after being hit by Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll (28) during the first half at MetLIfe Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins 2012 Player Review: Nolan Carroll


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-

Tags: Miami Dolphins Nolan Carroll Richard Marshall Sean Smith

  • Miami Jules (Julian)

    This season, in my opinion, Nolan Carroll was the most improved player from the year before,when he couldn’t do anything right and everything he seemed to do near the ball would cost us yardage. He was still pretty bad this year notable improvement and all BUT, were heto improve at the same rate as he did from the year before, then we may end up with a player who ultimately will get B’s at the end of next season. That’s of course IF he were to improve at the same rate, sports or athletic however, doesn’t alway work like that. Last year F-, this year D+, next year’s projection (in a paralell line world of make believe) B-.

  • JJohnson177

    One stat that I think he led the league in was “times looking at the safety after getting burnt thinking he had help.”