Sean Smith is another Miami Dolphin that had an up and down season. At the begging of the season Smith, was all for going head to head with some of the best wide relievers in the game, including Larry Fitzgerald and A.J. Green. Through the first five games Smith was looking like the shut down corner that the Dolphins are in desperate need of. He even had two interceptions (Both coming against the Cardinals in their overtime lose in Arizona.) Smith was looking like he was going to get a huge contract at the end of the season.
But, it is more then a 5 game season. Smith slowly starting to disappear in the Dolphins secondary. He could no longer make plays, balls were even being thrown into his arms, but he continued to drop them, eventually changing the outcome of a few games. The Dolphins are in desperate need of some play makers on defense, and the Dolphins thought that the 4 year 6’3 cornerback out of Utah would be the problem solver. They even traded another one of their top corners, Vonte Davis to the Colts because of it.
Maybe there is another reason for Smith disappearing for most of the season after 4-5 games. Richard Marshall, the cornerback starting opposite of Smith got hurt after four games, and then was out for the rest of the season. It may have been just a coincidence but maybe once Marshall got hurt, and the Dolphins had to look for the longer less experienced corner Nollan Carrol had to step in. Maybe it is just me, but possibly when Marshall got hurt the Dolphins had to change their defense. Also as a result of this Smith had to change his play style to one he is not used to.
Either way, numbers don’t lie. Smith had a very subpar season, and will not be getting the big money he had hoped. Final grade C-