4 things we learned in the Miami Dolphins 1st preseason game

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It didn’t matter who the quarterback was for Tampa Bay. They had their way with the Miami Dolphin’s secondary all night.

The ever-fierce duo of Blaine Gabbert and Kyle Trask, collectively, went 30/38 for 314 yards, with two TDs and one INT. Throughout the whole game, there wasn’t much Gabbert and mostly Trask couldn’t do.

Again, no Xavien Howard, Byron Jones, or Jevon Holland makes playing defense much harder. And you’re not going to run all your main stuff, like cover zero, that much or at all.

But man alive, all the rest of the guys got torched up and down the field.

It looked like they were playing zone most of the game. It actually looked like they were playing the softest of soft zones because the Buc receivers had no issue catching easy passes with no one around them.

It’s concerning on a few levels. This is now Josh Boyer’s defense. He can’t wait for daddy Flores to come in and take over. This is his deal and it looked like many guys weren’t on the same page.

Take the Buc’s first TD. I don’t know whose fault it really was either Brandon Jones or Noah Igbinoghene but the receiver just ran a post to the middle and Gabbert delivered an easy strike to him for a 23-yard TD.

Some form of miscommunication occurred and it made me feel bad.

The other level why this is an issue is similar to the offensive line. It appears the Miami Dolphins don’t have much depth behind the starters in the cornerback room.

Hate to see a guy lose his job, but Noah Igbinoghene who hasn’t had the best of camps or practices had a dreadful game last night. He’s not an NFL cornerback and he needs to be cut. It sucks we wasted a 1st rounder on him but that’s the reality of the situation.

Things got even worse when Trill Williams, a guy who was doing well, got hurt. Unfortunately, it has been reported that Trill Williams, the pride of Syracuse has torn his ACL and will be lost for the season.

Mike McDaniel even eluded to it that because of the Trill injury and the fact that the secondary got lit up, Chris Grier will probably be on the phone looking to add veteran depth.

It’s too important not to. The Dolphins have around $20M in cap space. They can go out and get a guy or two for this season. Howard and Jones are very good. Needham is solid. But the cornerback position demands having a ton of guys ready to go. Spend the money and get some more solid players in that unit.

Here’s an idea; maybe coach Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain Sr. can suit up and get out there. I honestly trust them more than most out there so why not?

On the off chance the Dolphins don’t decide to insert their defensive back coaches who haven’t played professional football in over a decade into their lineup, there are guys such as Joe Haden, Chris Harris, and Xavier Rhodes out there. Sign me up for any of those dudes.