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Thursday, October 28, 2010
Miami DBs better to cover than chase


The Miami Dolphins have done a poor job of blitzing from the secondary this season. They might not want to bother Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals in Paul Brown Stadium.

ESPN Stats & Information sorts each play in about every imaginable way, and those researchers inform us when opponents send a defensive back after Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, he shreds them.

Palmer has completed 74.5 percent of his passes for 465 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions and four sacks, according to Stats & Information's records against added pressure from the secondary. He ranks fourth with a 119.5 passer rating.

The Dolphins, meanwhile, have the NFL's worst pass defense when adding defensive back pressure.

Opponents have a league-high 149.8 passer rating in those situations, completing 16 of 20 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns. They've forced zero interceptions and recorded three sacks.

Miami's cornerbacks have zero sacks. Strong safety Yeremiah Bell has recorded two half-sacks. Free safety Chris Clemons has one half-sack. They each had a half-sack in Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

On the flip side, Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne ranks immediately behind Palmer in this category with a 117.4 passer rating. Henne has completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 236 yards and a league-high four touchdowns. He has thrown one interception and has been sacked once.

The Bengals rank 12th in pass defense when blitzing a defensive back. Quarterbacks have completed 51.4 percent with two touchdowns, two interceptions and three sacks.