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The Miami Dolphins have been regarded as a throwback bunch in recent years due to their ability to bludgeon opponents behind an old-school offense that is reminiscent of their glory days of the 1970s.

Given the outstanding success that the offense has enjoyed under the back-to-the-future format, it is not surprising that Mike Nolan is quietly putting together a defense that is poised to evoke memories of the "No Name Defense" of that era.

While placing such lofty expectations on a unit that finished ranked 22nd a season ago would appear to be outlandish, the fact that the defensive architect just orchestrated a similar transformation in Denver suggests that such a turnaround is a realistic possibility in Miami.

Nolan, who enters his 12th season as a defensive coordinator in the NFL, transformed a Broncos' defense that ranked 29th overall in 2008 into a unit that finished seventh and amassed 30 takeaways (up from only 15 in 2008) last season.

Furthermore, Nolan's defense finished tied for 12th in scoring defense (20.2 points per game), and ranked third in pass defense (186.3 yards per game).

With the Dolphins ranking in the bottom third of the league in each of those respective categories, the installation of Nolan's aggressive scheme is bound to produce better results in Miami.

In taking over the Dolphins defense, Nolan is set to replace the read-and-react system of his predecessor (Paul Pasqualoni) with an attack-style system that features a myriad of pressures from multiple fronts. The premise of his scheme is to dictate the tempo to the offense rather serve as a counterpuncher.

Nolan achieves this by routinely calling blitzes in favorable down-and-distance situations to force quarterbacks to settle for the "hot" receiver (the offense will often assign a receiver to break off his route if he anticipates a blitz from a linebacker or defensive back on the second level). The defense rallies to the receiver before he is able to pick up the yardage for the first down.

Additionally, the heavy use of the blitz alters the way that offenses attack down the field, and makes it easier for the defense to eventually condense the field. While there are some risks involved with relentlessly coming after the offense, the negative plays (sacks, tackles for loss and turnovers) that could result from the aggressive ploy are rewarding benefits that frequently result in wins.

In looking at the personnel available to Nolan, the Dolphins have the potential to win big behind their unheralded defense.

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Love this guys style, can't wait to see it in action!


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The only problem with this new scheme is the amount of speed in the AFC East now. While, the ability to send the heat, and proactively utilize "organized chaos" (as Mr Rex Ryan likes to put it) will hasten up the QBs reaction time, and shorten the big play opportunities of say Braylon Edwards and Randy Moss, the check down options are going to be more readily available..... What I am generally saying is, Players like Wes Welker being shifty and squirmy underneath coverage, and Santonio Holmes being smallish and lightning quick in the no. 2 role (possibly slot reciever) will have more opportunities underneath the secondary due to soft zones within a blitzing model...

As far as I can remember, the brown and yellow defense had this same problem with Welker last year.... 8 receptions, 86 yards, and a TD. Even though they held the Pats to 17 pts and came away with a win, Welker had a fantasy-esque style game in Denver due to this "attack first" scheme. Thinking about the defensive stats in that game.... only 1 sack by vonnie holliday, which stripped brady, and a forced fumble that wasnt recovered later on.

Just throwing things around for debate. But the one league given in the past few years has been, if you blitz brady or manning, they will make you pay for it. I just hope these factors will be considered. Miami has a tendency defensively to fuel itself upon emotion in as many years as I can think of. Tell me the defense doesnt appear hungrier after ZT chases down a RB for a 10 yard gain from the opposite side of the field and cut off a BIG play. Or a big 3rd down isnt more efficient defensively after a Joey Porter signature big kick after a sack. Mind you, these are dinosaurs of yesteryears that we have cut ties with, and we are now going to be fielding possibly the youngest Defense in the NFL with possibly 3 rookies starting, 2 2nd year players on the islands and a 2nd year pass rushing specialist, and the defensive captain being who? newly acquired Dansby, loud mouth Crowder, or hard hitting Yeremiah Bell? Dont take this as pessimistic, because I am full optimistic about winning the AFC East this year. I Just think that Denver's defense last year got the praise it recieved because it was statistically sexy, and benefitted from having an easier schedule as well. Lets just hope our boys are methodical and disciplined come gametime as opposed to riding the adrenaline of a blitz happy attacking scheme that will probably work wonders against half the teams we will play, while leaving us scratching our heads when Brady does the Brady thing and we are left wondering why the D failed us.


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If nothing else watching the dolphins on tv will be even more exciting because of the chances the defense will be taking on making big plays!


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excited to see a D come together like the early 2000s

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