Last night, we learned that the Miami Dolphins released Benny Sapp, but the move was surprising because we didn’t know who was going to fill the void created by his departure. Well, it seems that the Dolphins had someone in mind…someone that has played the last 5 seasons with the Dolphins…..Will Allen. Allen was cut prior to week 1 of the 2011 season, but his return to the Dolphins is a welcomed one. After watching Tom Brady carve up the Dolphins secondary like a Thanksgiving turkey, something needed to change.
In the preseason, Benny Sapp looked like a Pro Bowler…intercepting passes and blanketing receivers. After watching on Monday Night, it all was a bit of a mirage. The Dolphins defense looked out of sorts and there were Patriots receivers running more open than the gap between Michael Strahan’s teeth. But I digress. The worst part about this whole debacle (and it is a debacle) is that the Dolphins are responsible for all $1.9 million of Benny Sapp’s 2011 contract. They are paying the guy all of that money for 1 game and replacing him with a guy they could have kept in the first place! I’ve learned that common sense and the Miami Dolphins, should not be used in the same sentence too often.
Onto Will Allen…is he an upgrade? Yes, if he’s healthy. Remember, Allen was held out of a couple of the Dolphins’ preseason games and more than a few practices, because he was injured. His health was the reason I thought the Dolphins cut him in the first place and chose Sapp. If he’s healthy (which I can only assume he is, since the Dolphins just re-signed him), he can bring some stability and leadership to the Dolphins secondary….specifically to Vontae Davis and Sean Smith. The Dolphins had better get their secondary fixed in a hurry because the Texans saw what the Patriots did on Monday night….and I’m sure they’re going to try to replicate it.
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