Monday, November 10, 2008

Condren released; Bryan brought back

There's no other way to say this, but Miami's special teams play this season, particularly its coverage units, have been horrible, among the very worst in the league.

In an effort to find some sort of solutions to the problem, the team released S Brannon Condren and signed S Courtney Bryan.

Bryan was with Miami all of last season as an undrafted rookie. He played in 12 games, collecting ten tackles and a fumble recovery. He also added one special teams tackle. And that is the area that Bryan will be asked to immediately contribute to.

Bryan was with the Dolphins throughout the entire offseason before being released in August, so he is familiar with the coaching staff.

There has been some talk about using starters on special teams to try to improve the units' effectiveness, but that option should be thrown out in my opinion. The Dolphins are doing so well this year in large part because of their relatively impeccable health. Putting starters, who are already on the field for upwards of 60 plays a game, on the special teams units is unnecessarily jeopardizing them. This team has very little depth at most positions, so it can ill afford that risk.

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