Sean Smith said it seems teams have been throwing at him less often than earlier in the season. And though that has been the case at times, Smith still holds the distinction of being targeted more than any cornerback in the league.
Opposing teams have thrown 99 passes with Smith in coverage and completed 55 of them for 646 yards, according to Pro Football Focus. St. Louis’ Cortland Finnegan is No. 2 on the targeted list — with 92 — but has allowed 67 to be completed.
“Sean has done some things,” coach Joe Philbin said. “I see development. I see progress.”
The 55.6 completion percentage against Smith ranks 31st among 110 corners, and the 11.7 yards per completion ranks 37th best. “I’m pleased,” Smith said. “It’s been one of my more consistent years.”
Smith has knocked away seven passes and intercepted two, but his six touchdowns allowed is tied for second most behind New Orleans’ Patrick Robinson, according to the website.
Coincidentally, PFF ranks Smith and Nolan Carroll tied for 79th among the 110 cornerbacks, with quarterbacks having an 87.4 rating in Smith’s coverage area and 87.6 in Carroll’s area.
Miami’s Jimmy Wilson ranks 88th among cornerbacks, with quarterbacks producing a 101.1 rating in his coverage area.
This and that• The Dolphins ruled linebacker Koa Misi out for Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. Jason Trusnik likely will start in his place.
• Neither receiver Davone Bess — who was also ruled out — nor Misi practiced this week, and Philbin said: “My history tells me most guys don’t play well if they don’t practice.”
• The Dolphins listed seven players as probable: receiver Brian Hartline, linebackers Karlos Dansby and Austin Spitler, safeties Chris Clemons and Jonathan Amaya, punter Brandon Fields and Wilson.
• Jacksonville ruled out three running backs: Maurice Jones-Drew, Rashad Jennings and Jordan Todman, as well as cornerback Aaron Ross and defensive end George Selvie.
• After giving it thought, Philbin said he doesn’t “really have a problem” with Fields pushing Jonathan Freeny in anger after Freeny’s foolish mistake last week, when he tried to down the ball on the 49ers’3-yard line but strolled backward and touched the goal line, resulting in a touchback.
“Guys get emotional,” he said. “If you think of the spirit of what it was done in, it was fine.”• Hartline, asked by Jacksonville writers this week about what it’s like playing here, said: “It will be interesting to see if I’m going to enjoy watching this team get better and get onto a better situation or I might find myself in another offense.”
Asked what he meant by that, Hartline pointed out his contract is expiring. But he strongly suggested he wants to stay: “The organization’s great. I love playing for my coaching staff, [and] I think we’re headed on the right track.”• Ryan Tannehill, asked how he takes criticism from pundits: “I don’t listen to any of it. I don’t watch too much sports on TV at all. Not unless it’s a game or something like that. I don’t listen to any radio. I’m pretty isolated from all media. I don’t get on Twitter. I’m pretty focused on what we have to do here.”