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Miami Dolphins’ Safety Duo NFL’s Best?

Nov. 15, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Miami Dolphins free safety Reshad Jones (20) before a game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

 

Going into the 2012 season, the Miami Dolphins had a huge question mark at the safety position. Many were concerned about who would step up and fill the void left by former Dolphin, Yeremiah Bell.

Once the season began, the Dolphins found their leader in strong safety, Reshad Jones.

 

Jones had quite a break-out season collecting 94 (73 solo) total tackles, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles and 4 interceptions. Jones was quite instinctive throughout the season and looked the part of a ball-hawking safety, which is something the ‘Phins have been missing for years now.

 

Jones’ partner in crime, Chris Clemons, was not exactly playing at the same level to begin the season showing horrific field awareness and tackling ability - take a look at that screen pass….notice who took a terrible angle?…Clemons… After a below average start to the season, however, Clemons finally put it together in the final 8 games of the season and played the best football of his short career. Clemons collected 98 total tackles (72 solo) and 2 interceptions throughout the season.

 

Why am I bringing this to your attention? The Bleacher Report‘s Matt Miller has named the Dolphins’ safety duo the best in the league. Miller’s support of Miami’s young duo is somewhat surprising given the young duo of Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor out in Seattle, but the combination of Jones and Clemons definitely has the potential to be something quite spectacular.

 

That being said, Clemons needs to become more consistent. In his short tenure with the ‘Phins, Clemons has given just about every Dolphins fan I know a huge headache. He has been wildly inconsistent in just about every faucet of his game.

 

Jones, on the other hand, needs to continue to break-out. I know, I know, “Reshad Jones broke out last year, dude.” While that is somewhat true, I believe Jones’ best football is still ahead of him. Jones has all of the tools needed to be one of the league’s top safeties.

 

If these two can become more consistent and continue to play at a high level, Miami may very well have one of the league’s better defenses for the next few years.

Topics: Bleacher Report, Chris Clemons, Matt Miller, Miami Dolphins, Reshad Jones

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  • tpl

    There’s a lot of competition at safety and Clemons better have his act together or he won’t be the starting safety.

    • TylerMcMullen

      You got that right! Although there are not many “proven” guys with a load of experience, there are quite a few talented young guns sitting behind him. If he slips up and plays like he did to begin the season last year, I will have no problem watching McCray or Jones take over his spot – I’m still not sold on Wilson being a safety. Thanks for the read and the comment!

  • Jcartwright67

    Not that I doubt you Tyler; I just had to read the report myself. What were we, 27th against the pass last year? Hard to imagine even a sniff at being top five let alone the number one duo league wide. Well, you know what they say about opinions, right! I love my Phins, so I really want to believe this. I’m convinced, smarter people than I are writing and reporting but can the stats be wrong? I understand that a Safety does more than defend the pass and much of our pass defensive problems could be attributed to the standard of Corner play, but number 1 duo?
    Triple digit temps here in the desert….can’t wait for September in more ways than you can imagine. Stay cool my friend.

    • TylerMcMullen

      In my opinion, it’s very opinion based – if that even makes sense LOL. I was quite surprised to see Miller rank MIami’s pair atop his rankings ahead of the likes of Seattle, Atlanta and even Tampa after their moves this offseason. I think the potential is definitely there, but they definitely are NOT the best tandem in the league, in my opinion. Thanks for the read and the comment as always my friend!

    • Randy Curry

      Part of the reason Miami was so bad against the PASS was because they were absolute BEASTS against the RUN. Some teams hardly bothered to try running against them, hence the high yardage count.

      The bottom line is the Fins D was 7th best in points allowed.
      Only six teams were better! That is what matters most.

      If the Fins PASS defense only improves to around 15th, they should be in the top 3 in points allowed. With Tanny more comfortable in his 2nd year and with better targets to throw to, they should certainly make the playoffs this year!

      • TylerMcMullen

        Piggy backing on that, Randy, the inconsistency coming from the corners also played a huge role. Clemons was in the top 10 in terms of qbr and Jones was ranked #2 – was actually #1 for much of the season. Both were incredible in coverage last season.

      • Jcartwright67

        I hope your right about the playoffs. Moving Odrick inside, Vernon’s second season as DE/OLB, drafting Dion Jordan, getting younger and faster at LB, adding Grimes at Corner, top duo at Safety. We’re going to be a strong D my friend. Now add in Tanny’s new targets and Miller’s break out season at RB and I couldn’t agree more with the Playoff prediction you made. I haven’t been this interested in a season starting since my days watching Marino. If we sign Leach; I’m moving to Miami…

  • Randy Curry

    It would have been interesting to include in this article:

    Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor’s combined stats

    to compare to

    Reshad Jones and Chris Clemons combined stats.

    • TylerMcMullen

      Never thought of that, Randy. While Jones-Clemons produced more statistically, Chancellor-Thomas is more physical and scary on a mental level, in my opinion. Thanks for the read and the comment, Randy!

      • Randy Curry

        Your article was A+. The stat comparison suggestion would have just made it an A+++ article!. ;-)

        • TylerMcMullen

          Thank you for your kind words, Randy! Really means a lot! I will definitely remember your suggestion the next time!

          • Jiovani Rivero

            Jones and Clemons didnt have better stats than Thomas and Kam. Both duos are going to be great. I hope the Dolphins Re Sign Clemons after the season and give Reshad a extension

          • TylerMcMullen

            Actually Jiovani, they did. Jones and Clemons coupled 192 total tackles together compared to Chancellor and Thomas who totaled 167. Jones and Clemons also had more sacks (1) than Chancellor and Thomas (0). They also have the upper hand in interceptions (6) over Chancellor and Thomas (3). The duos did however tie when it comes to forced fumbles with 2 per pair and passes defensed with 13 per pair. Thanks for the read and the comment, though.

          • Jiovani Rivero

            Yeah now that got me thinking that Chancellor is overrated. I should have look at their stats first my bad. Go Dolphins