Dec 9, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith (24) leaves the field before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins 2012 Player Review: Sean Smith


 

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-

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  • Mattpatrick5

    The problem with a lot of these players is that they have ups and downs and go through stretches where they play well or other stretches were they struggle. You are right about Sean Smith. I don’t care if he plays outstanding for 5 or 6 games. He needs to play like that for the entire season. Or the very least, the majority of the games. Brian Hartline is right up there on that list. So is Jake Long. So is Reggie Bush. Oh wait….they are all free agents. Yet, these guys feel entitled to get big contracts this offseason. They need to wake up and realize they are not a top 10 in their respective positions, thus they shouldn’t expect top 10 money. I wouldn’t mind trying to resign these guys but it’s gotta be for the right price. I think Ireland will at least low ball these guys since that is his style (and in this case, I don’t mind). If they don’t like it, then they can take a hike. That just frees up more money for us to actually go out and acquire top 10 talents around the NFL, in which our current free agents are not. The only players on this team that played excellent football for 16 games was Reshad Jones, Cam Wake, Mike Pouncey, Brandon Fields, and maybe Randy Starks. That’s it. I like and agree with your C – rating on Smith. Although he is cocky and feels he should get his pay day, he needs to realize that outside of the city of Miami, most fans do not even know who he is. The reason for that, well, cuz he’s just average, which is what your score indicates.