The Dolphins secondary, not particularly good to start the season, could have been an unmitigated disaster after losing Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones and rookie cornerback Xavien Howard.
The fact it hasn’t ranks among the delightful surprises of this ongoing six-game Dolphins winning streak.
The Dolphins are surviving with a safety (Bacarri Rambo) who was filling out job applications to work at a car dealership in October, a cornerback (Tony Lippett) who was playing receiver in college two years ago, another cornerback (Byron Maxwell) who was so awful that he was benched three weeks into the season and several others — led by safety Isa Abdul-Quddus — who have kept the secondary from malfunctioning despite losing its best player in Jones.
It hasn’t always been pretty — the 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick blitzed the Dolphins for 296 yards passing this past Sunday — but generally it has been good enough. The Dolphins defense is holding opponents to an 85.6 passer rating, which is eighth-best in the league. Overall, Miami’s pass defense ranks 10th.