In a complete collapse, the Dolphins blew a 24-3 lead over the Saints on Sunday, and fell to 2-4 in a 46-34 loss as Miami gave up 43 points in the final 30:02 of the game.
Adding injury to insult, Miami lost its top cornerback in the process, as Will Allen tore his left ACL and will be placed on injured reserve Cheap New York Yankees 2 Derek Jeter gray jersey On Sale, ending his season. The Dolphins re-signed ILB William Kershaw to take Allen's spot on the roster, as there's also concern about the health of ILB Channing Crowder as the team prepares to play four of its next five on the road. Crowder, who has been bothered by a left ankle injury, underwent an MRI after Sunday's game Outlet Toronto Maple Leafs 28 Domi blue ccm Jerseys On Sale, although the specifics of his current ailment have yet to be made public.
Kershaw, who played in one game for the Dolphins last season, was one of the final players to be cut after training camp this year. Rookie Vontae Davis is expected to move into the starting lineup to replace Allen, and he will play alongside fellow rookie Sean Smith, who starts at the other corner spot.
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It's hard to pick just one place to focus on where things went wrong for the Dolphins, since just about everything looked pretty bad in the second half on Sunday. While some of the problems that sunk Miami are fixable, the injury to Allen and the uncertainty surrounding Crowder's status are issues that won't go away after watching film and trying to correct mistakes.
Allen was one of the most experienced, reliable players on the Dolphins' defense. He led the team with two interceptions, and moving forward with two rookies at corner, coupled with the coverage woes of the veteran safety duo of Gibril Wilson and Yeremiah Bell, is an unenviable situation for Miami. Allen's loss may not show up as much of a factor next week, when Miami faces the Jets' run-oriented attack, but it will be a very exploitable weakness in the two games the team has yet to play against the Patriots as well as the final two contests of the season against the high-powered passing games of the Texans and Steelers.
The best way to ease the growing pains of Davis and Smith would be for OLBs Jason Taylor and Joey Porter to raise their games and get after the quarterback on a more consistent basis. Taylor has played very well this season and came up big on Sunday, making two sacks and forcing two fumbles.
Losing Crowder for an extended period would be another setback for a defense that ranks 26th in points allowed per game. There's no indication that he'll be missing time, but the signing of Kershaw has led to speculation that Crowder just isn't quite right and might need some time off.
Scoring 34 points should usually be plenty for an NFL team to get a victory, but the Dolphins' defense couldn't hold up its end of the bargain on Sunday olphins GM Ireland disc, and was particularly bad in the red zone olphins give Will Allen, as the Saints scored four touchdowns and made a field goal in their five trips inside Miami's 20-yard line.
Defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni has his work cut out for him as he tries to mend a "D" that appears to be quickly fracturing.