Monday, March 10, 2014
Louis Delmas aims to be Dolphins' enforcer
By James Walker
It only took a few minutes on a conference call to know what type of player the Miami Dolphins were getting when they signed free-agent safety Louis Delmas.
I asked Delmas Monday night to describe his game. His response was intriguing.
"It's like turning on the TV and watching a car race, and that one dude who leads the race goes ahead and runs into that brick wall full speed and actually breaks that brick wall," Delmas responded. "That's what I'm here for."
Delmas is a big hitter. He's an enforcer. In his words, "I like to bang."
In other words, Delmas is just what the Dolphins need in their secondary.
The Dolphins were ranked 21st in total defense last season. They had talent, but the defense at times looked pedestrian and lacked the consistent fire and energy it takes to carry a team.
Delmas brings some of that passion and intimidation to Miami. He's one of the biggest hitters in the NFL and will replace outgoing free-agent starter Chris Clemons, who was up and down last season. Delmas has been on Miami's radar for at least a week following his release from the Detroit Lions. He recorded 64 tackles and three interceptions last season in Detriot.
"This is a player that plays with great passion and love for the game," Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey said. "He's a physical presence and has playmaking ability. We feel like he will bring a lot of things to the table as a Miami Dolphin."
Delmas, 26, is banking on himself in 2014. His physical style has resulted in injuries, which is why Miami signed Delmas to a one-year "show me" contract.
The Dolphins did the same thing with cornerback Brent Grimes last year following an Achilles injury. Grimes made the Pro Bowl following the 2013 season and Miami signed him to a four-year, $32 million extension last week. The Dolphins are hoping Delmas also has a big year.
"I have a lot to prove to myself," Delmas said. "I have a lot to prove to my fans, a lot to prove to my family in my backyard and a lot to prove to this organization. How will I do that? By coming here being myself."