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Dolphins' safeties big part of defensive struggles

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By Kevin Fishbain

One of the biggest reasons for Miami's defensive struggles, we hear, is the play of the team's safeties. FS Reshad Jones' misplays have been well publicized, but SS Yeremiah Bell also has been a part of the problem. Multiple sources have observed that Bell, 33, doesn't seem to have the range he once did and he has been exposed a bit when the Dolphins go to zone, something they have had to do because of injuries. The eighth-year veteran leads the team with 38 tackles and Jones is second with 26, which also highlights some of the problems at inside linebacker, as the middle of the defense has been a giant weakness for Miami. 

On a positive note, though, we hear that Bell has been a very positive influence in the locker room, something extremely important for the young players on the 0-4 team. Bell's off-the-field leadership is there, but he, along with the rest of Mike Nolan's defense, need to improve to get the Dolphins out of their rut. 

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