Fins' Crowder gets back into team drills

Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder’s 2009 season ended on injured reserve due to a fracture in the middle portion of his right foot.  The injury was believed to be of the Lisfranc variety.

In addition to the serious injury, Crowder is coming off the least productive season of his career.  So when the Dolphins signed Karlos Dansby to a $43 million contract, and acquired fellow inside linebackers Tim Dobbins and A.J. Edds during draft weekend, Crowder’s roster spot appeared to be in jeopardy.
Last week’s release of Reggie Torbor — another inside linebacker — seemingly makes the Dolphins less likely to give up on Crowder, who they gave a three-year, $13.8 million contract last offseason.
Crowder is making progress.  He participated in 11-on-11 drills at OTAs on Tuesday, and says he’s “feeling good.”  Crowder vows to participate in training camp.
The question becomes, then, how far will Crowder fall behind the new faces as first-year coordinator Mike Nolan implements his defense with Dobbins as Dansby’s first-team running mate in the middle?
The mental part of this new defense is going to be the hardest part,” Crowder acknowledged.  “You still hit the run the same, and take on blocks the same.  But understanding the terminology is critical to what we do.”
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel recently suggested that Crowder could begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, costing him the first six games of the year.  While that seems unlikely now, it should come as no surprise if Crowder doesn’t take his usual spot with the starting defense in Week One.

9 responses to “Fins' Crowder gets back into team drills

  1. “In addition to the serious injury, Crowder is coming off the least productive season of his career.”
    It’s the “Florio Curse” – similar to the Madden curse, only it effects players who threaten to beat Florio’s ass
    This year, Panther’s WR Steve Smith is going DOWN!!!

  2. Crowder needs to be more consistent. He gets caught overpersuing plays and sometimes does not finish tackles.

  3. Crowders last season in Miami. He’ll be replaced in next years draft or through FA. The NFL is a “What have you done for me lately” place and if he underperforms again, it’s over.

  4. 305DOLFAN says:
    June 1, 2010 2:41 PM
    Phins will be top 5 D this year.
    not even a dolphin fan,but still agree with this post,cause that is what nolan does,and the fins def wasnt that bad to begin with was it,not too sure

  5. 305DOLFAN says:
    June 1, 2010 2:41 PM
    Phins will be top 5 D this year.
    I hope you’re right, but I think you’re getting a little carried away. We will improve with the additions of Dansby, Nolan, etc, but we are still extremely young, and I just don’t think we are there yet.

  6. I completely agree with the notion that this is a “make or break” year for Crowder.
    I wish I was more optimistic that he’ll step up.

  7. I doubt they will be top 5. I’d be happy if Nolan can get them into the Top 10. It’s a very young defense.
    Langford/Merling just going into their 3rd seasons with Odrick (22) a rookie at DE and even McDaniel is only 25. Starks and Soliai at NT both just 26 years of age.
    Misi will likely be the starting SLB at 23 years of age with Cameron Wake on the weakside who, although 28, has 1 season in the NFL played under his belt. Crowder despite this being his 6th season is only 26. This makes Dansby the senior guy at 28.
    Then you got a pair of 2nd year starters at CB in Sean Smith and Vontae Davis each 22 years old. Chris Clemons could be the starter at FS in his 2nd year at 24 years old. Culver is only 26.
    The only guys on defense over 30 are CB Will Allen (32 when the season starts), and SS Yeremiah Bell (32) and Jason Ferguson when he comes back at the midway point.
    Could be some growing pains for this defense.

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