Miami’s defense was one of the best in the NFL, and they were led by All-Pro cornerback Xavien Howard. The No. 17 player in the NFL, as voted by the players according to NFL Network, had an interception for every dolphin win last season; 10.
His 10 interceptions led the NFL, but it wasn’t just his interceptions that were impressive. Howard also led the NFL with 20 pass deflections, which led to him being a finalist for the Defensive Player of the Year award. Howard only received one vote, but that does not take away from his dominant season.
Miami will need Howard to be great again in 2021, but they will need more than another All-Pro season from Howard to take the next step.
Fellow cornerback Byron Jones, who Miami signed last offseason, pairs up with Howard to once again give them one of the best cornerback tandems in the NFL, and they may be the best.
Miami’s defense led the NFL in turnovers last season, and they will look to try and keep that crown in 2021. Defensive coordinator Josh Boyer was asked about coaching his defense up to create turnovers.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
Q&A with Miami Dolphins Legend Richmond Webb
I was lucky enough to interview the legend, Richmond Webb. For those Dolphins fans who live under a rock, Webb is one of the greatest Miami Dolphins players ever and their greatest left tackle of all time.
To do list
Putting the pieces together
Analyzing the 53-man roster
You're in Safe Hands with the Dolphins Safeties
After an off-season where the Miami Dolphins had daily drama surrounding who would be the quarterback, which coordinator was really calling the plays, and does their number one pick have a limp, went into Foxborough and did something they’ve only done once since 2008.
Xavien Howard worth every penny
The Miami Dolphins were in the news daily during the offseason, but it was mainly regarding starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Head coach Brian Flores talks about the Raekwon Davis injury, beating New England Week 1, Tua Tagovailoa, Noah Igbinoghene and more
Offensive line an early season concern
Jaylen Waddle is as advertised
The 2021 first-round pick has been a bright spot for the Dolphins
Can Miami tackle their tackle issues?
The Miami Dolphins currently have a 2020 first-round pick, a 2021 second-round pick, a 2019 second-round pick, and a player who has started 56 games for them over the last four seasons to choose from at right and left tackle.
AROUND THE AFC EAST
The race for the AFC East crown gets started
HOME NOT SO SWEET IN NFL THIS SEASON DESPITE RETURN OF FANS
The fans are back and the crowds are loud, but home-field advantage still isn’t a factor early in this NFL season.
ALWAYS SHOOT FOR HIGHLIGHTS!
Michelle VanTine has been a full-time photographer since 2008, working all over the US and in the UK.
Fantastic the First Time
HOW MIAMI SEDUCED SILICON VALLEY
Awash in coders, crypto, and capital, the city is loving— and beginning to shape—its newest industry.
Winning a Wager on U.S. Sports Betting
Fantasy football app FanDuel converts players into gamblers
As a former football star, an analyst on The NFL Today, and a new co-host of CBS’s morning show, Emmy Award–winning Nate Burleson shows his versatility every time he’s on camera. And he’s just getting started.
Always finding their way to run
49ers system accomplished at developing homegrown talent
Resilient veteran Verrett to miss rest of season
TOP 10 Rookie running backs
THE BACK LIST
Will Mostert run for 49ers again?
Raheem Mostert was primed this year to be the centerpiece of one of the NFL’s most dynamic offenses, featured as the lead performer in San Francisco’s grinding rushing attack while making his climb among the league’s top running backs.