One of the biggest areas the Miami Dolphins wanted to improve upon this season was their defensive takeaways, and after the first half against the Cleveland Browns, it is safe to say they were successful.
Last season, the Dolphins were among the worst in the NFL with only 10 total interceptions, so when Miami went to the half with three Brandon Weeden picks, you can be sure the coaches were feeling good about the progress in that area.
Of course, this was just the first game of a very long season, but with Dimitri Patterson grabbing two interceptions and Nolan Carroll snagging one of his own, the Dolphins are off to a good start.
Last season, Miami was often in position to make plays on balls in the air, but struggled to bring them in. It was just one of the many issues surrounding the secondary in 2012. During the offseason, the Dolphins allowed their no. 1 cornerback leave in free agency and brought in Brent Grimes to upgrade the position.
They also spent a couple of early draft picks on a pair of corners with great upside in an effort to increase the talent on the back-end of the defense. The secondary did allow Weeden to throw for nearly 300 yards and a touchdown, but the interceptions were certainly a huge part of the Dolphins’ victory
Just as importantly, they are a good sign for a defense that has the potential to be the best in the league this season.