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Byron Maxwell: Dolphins secondary “can be something great”

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 27: Kenyan Drake #32 and Byron Maxwell #41 of the Miami Dolphins celebrate a play during a game against the San Francisco 49ers on November 27, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Getty Images

Cornerback Byron Maxwell had a big rebound in 2016 after arriving in Miami via a trade with the Eagles and he thinks 2016 was just the the first step in the creation of a top-flight secondary for the Dolphins.

The unit was banged up in 2016 with Maxwell missed the final games of the year with an ankle injury, corner Xavien Howard battling knee problems and safeties Reshad Jones and Isa Abdul-Quddus ending the year on injured reserve. All are expected to be healthy for offseason work this year along with cornerbacks Tony Lippett and Bobby McCain.

Maxwell believes the group can develop into something similar to the Legion of Boom he was part of with the Seahawks, although they’d need a moniker of their own.

“We can be talked about how they talked about us in Seattle,” Maxwell said, via the Palm Beach Post. “We’ve just got to find a nickname. We’ve got to run with it. But we’ve got to put it on the field first. We definitely have the making of something — we can be something great.”

The Dolphins will be working with a new coordinator on defense this season with Vance Joseph moving to Denver as the new Broncos head coach. Whether or not they reach the heights of Maxwell’s former team, having everyone healthy in the back end would make life easier for Matt Burke in his new role.

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39 Responses to “Byron Maxwell: Dolphins secondary “can be something great””
  1. win1soon says: Feb 12, 2017 11:18 AM

    Lol I call fake news… they are still the Dolphins

  2. weepingjebus says: Feb 12, 2017 11:26 AM

    Legion of Shroom?

  3. wib22 says: Feb 12, 2017 11:28 AM

    Trump?

  4. RandyinRoxbury says: Feb 12, 2017 11:42 AM

    Dolphins losing the worst DC in team history to Denver is a big plus, defense as a whole should improve however legion of boom comparisons?ahhhh not just yet.

  5. Ghost Rat says: Feb 12, 2017 11:44 AM

    This is how I know it’s the off-season. A team in the AFC East besides the Patriots is acting like it is something special and is looking for a nickname rather than focusing on improving themselves. Do your talk on the field, boys.

  6. cobrala2 says: Feb 12, 2017 11:50 AM

    Byron Maxwell hopes the league moves for a 2-hand touch rule instead of tackling.

  7. maust1013 says: Feb 12, 2017 11:59 AM

    RandyinRoxbury says:
    Feb 12, 2017 11:42 AM
    Dolphins losing the worst DC in team history to Denver is a big plus, defense as a whole should improve however legion of boom comparisons?ahhhh not just yet.
    =======================

    Would have been a better spot to use one of your many dolphins id’s chipster.

  8. carloswlassiter says: Feb 12, 2017 12:01 PM

    I still haven’t heard any team say anything since the end of the season that makes you believe that they “get it”.

    The Cowboys need to draft a”war daddy”, the ‘phins DBs need a nickname, the Bills need to start Cardal Jones and the Giants need to keep that special 2016 1 and done squad together.

  9. staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says: Feb 12, 2017 12:10 PM

    Ghost Rat says:
    Feb 12, 2017 11:44 AM
    This is how I know it’s the off-season. A team in the AFC East besides the Patriots is acting like it is something special and is looking for a nickname rather than focusing on improving themselves. Do your talk on the field, boys.

    So since they’re not the Patriots Maxwell shouldn’t say that he thinks the Fins secondary has the potential to be great? That makes a lot of sense

  10. ZULU Agency says: Feb 12, 2017 12:19 PM

    The awful eight?
    (Wake, Suh and Reshad Jones are fine)

    The Defense was pathetic, the only time they could get off the field was at half time.

    how about we stop a drive on defense before talking hall of fame ok?

    – Dolphins Fan

  11. TB12RALLYCRY says: Feb 12, 2017 12:28 PM

    Good luck playing Brady twice a year…..

  12. laxcoach37 says: Feb 12, 2017 12:30 PM

    As a Dolphins Fan I laughed when I read that. However, you can hate on the Fins, but somehow they managed to win 10 games with absolute scrubs missing atleast 5 or more starters on Defense EVERY game this year. Rashad Jones is the only player in this secondary that can talk smack. I am not sold on Howard just yet. Maxwell played well later in the year and then got hurt, but no matter how you look at him he is not worth his contract but we are on the hook for one more year. Legion of Overpaid is more like it. We need a 1st Round MLB, then DE. We can easily fill OLB and another CB from FA.

  13. FinFan68 says: Feb 12, 2017 12:36 PM

    When that secondary is healthy, they can be pretty good. The problem is that most of them are fragile. It is the defensive version of the offensive line. Pretty good together but fail miserably when someone gets hurt because the backups are a horrible fit when placed in the mix. Miami has good individual players but they lack the ability to work as a cohesive team. That might be poor coaching or it might be just a skills clash. Maybe that changes next year, maybe not but the nickname talk is a bunch of BS. Miami needs to fix the LBs to stop the run and then actually get some pressure from the line when the games are on the line late. QB pressure makes average DBs look much better. Coach Gase needs to get the team in better shape because they have faded late in games over the last several years. Last year was better but still not good enough

  14. carloswlassiter says: Feb 12, 2017 12:37 PM

    laxcoach37 says:
    Feb 12, 2017 12:30 PM

    As a Dolphins Fan I laughed when I read that. However, you can hate on the Fins, but somehow they managed to win 10 games with absolute scrubs missing atleast 5 or more starters on Defense EVERY game this year.
    ————————————————————
    The coach did a great job and they had a good season.

    Need to weed out a few more guys though – I’d start with the ones who are overly focused on nicknames.

  15. therealtrenches says: Feb 12, 2017 1:02 PM

    This is the same guy that PFT referred to as “Ringo” when the Eagles signed him to bolster their secondary, am I right?

    My, how the memory fades….

  16. knowspinzone says: Feb 12, 2017 1:09 PM

    “We’ve just got to find a nickname.”

    Somethin’ Fishy

  17. knowspinzone says: Feb 12, 2017 1:11 PM

    I know, the dolphin is a mammal.

    But until they find a QB, there’s nothing happening there.

  18. mongo3401 says: Feb 12, 2017 1:28 PM

    Then teams will pound their aweful Dline. Like one of the worst run stopping in the league

  19. curmudgeon13 says: Feb 12, 2017 1:28 PM

    Uh….it takes more than a nickname. Talent???….

  20. beachsidejames says: Feb 12, 2017 1:46 PM

    Another sunny day here in Florida almost 80 degrees and where still winning the off season. Trying our best to tough it out knowing our Patriot fan friends are all shoveling snow dressed in clown shirts.

  21. mmack66 says: Feb 12, 2017 1:57 PM

    Chipwood’s Angels.

  22. getitrightflorio says: Feb 12, 2017 2:04 PM

    Dolphins beat one team above .500 and got embarrassed in the playoffs.

  23. carloswlassiter says: Feb 12, 2017 2:18 PM

    beachsidejames says:
    Feb 12, 2017 1:46 PM

    Another sunny day here in Florida almost 80 degrees and where still winning the off season. Trying our best to tough it out knowing our Patriot fan friends are all shoveling snow dressed in clown shirts.
    ————————————————————
    Shoveling the driveway is bad enough. It’s when you have to shovel the roof that it really sucks.

  24. fishyinalittledishy says: Feb 12, 2017 2:23 PM

    People who call out teams that beat teams that were .500 do not know football or how it works so IMO go and read a book. Ok that of my chest lets get down to it. NO ! NO! NO! Just for saying that you should be cut. I hate this off season bravado. We were opportunistic at best on defence, most of the time we were very bad. I remember Vonte Davis or Sean Smith saying how good they were going to be and hey ho a short while later GONE ! Do your yapping on the field like those Patriots as much as I feel sick even mentioning that franchise.

  25. youknowiknowitall says: Feb 12, 2017 2:27 PM

    Maxwell believes the group can develop into something similar to the Legion of Boom he was part of with the Seahawks, although they’d need a moniker of their own.
    ————
    How about The Clownfish?

  26. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Feb 12, 2017 2:38 PM

    How bout the blowfish. Because, well…………..
    The Patriots are world champions, again!

  27. patfanken says: Feb 12, 2017 2:39 PM

    Once again ANOTHER team besides the Patriots will claim to win the “off season”. It’s been happening for the last 16 seasons. When are they going to learn, because in those 16 years NO team in the AFCE has ever had a better record than the Pats, even in those 2 years they didn’t win the division.

    That being said, the Miami secondary certainly looks good on paper, and the team as a whole SHOULD look to improve on their last season. But EVERY team in the league will look to improve, including the Pats.

    The reality is, as it is every season, 31 teams are hoping to get where that 1 team is. And that one team (this year the Pats) will be doing everything they can to stay there. Like Brady has often said, “It’s hard to win a game in the NFL”.

  28. umassdebatingteam says: Feb 12, 2017 2:46 PM

    Diaper Don’s Drool Buckets.

  29. nflfan1blog says: Feb 12, 2017 2:49 PM

    beachsidejames says:
    Feb 12, 2017 1:46 PM
    Another sunny day here in Florida almost 80 degrees and where still winning the off season. Trying our best to tough it out knowing our Patriot fan friends are all shoveling snow dressed in clown shirts.
    ———————————————————————————-
    THIS! THIS is why your franchise is horrible Dolphins. Your fans consider weather during the offseason a “WIN” as opposed to production on the field during the regular season. Sad.

  30. xdolfan says: Feb 12, 2017 3:01 PM

    The Practice Squad Paychecks.

  31. tangotwo22 says: Feb 12, 2017 3:02 PM

    Seriously…..

  32. pastabelly says: Feb 12, 2017 4:06 PM

    Miami’s defense is nothing special. The strength of that team is its receivers (Landry, Parker, and Stills).

  33. beachsidejames says: Feb 12, 2017 7:18 PM

    It is sad.. very sad. I’m sad. I’m also wet from just getting out the pool maybe we can chat later.

  34. mickel88 says: Feb 12, 2017 7:44 PM

    I thought Tom Olivadotti was back watching kiko run in the wrong assigned hole every play was sad to watch .

  35. nflfan1blog says: Feb 12, 2017 8:07 PM

    beachsidejames says:
    Feb 12, 2017 7:18 PM
    It is sad.. very sad. I’m sad. I’m also wet from just getting out the pool maybe we can chat later.
    ———————————————————————————–Sounds like A plan. I’m a transplant from Boston currently living in Florida. Best of both worlds, living where it’s warm and STILL not stuck being a Dolphins fan.

  36. captainwhodat says: Feb 12, 2017 8:31 PM

    Another sunny day here in Florida almost 80 degrees and where still winning the off season. Trying our best to tough it out knowing our Patriot fan friends are all shoveling snow dressed in clown shirts…not a Patriot fan, but up there they at least speak English…

  37. finfansince68 says: Feb 12, 2017 8:35 PM

    Let’s just take a page out of Belichicks book & keep our yaps
    shut and just do our jobs on the field….How’s that Vernon?
    Nothing more important to our underachieving defense to think about other than this….C’MON MAN !!

  38. finfansince68 says: Feb 12, 2017 8:36 PM

    Uh ….Byron….

  39. beachsidejames says: Feb 12, 2017 9:47 PM

    Transplant from Boston currently living in Florida…. Even you can’t stand living with your own people. Thanks for admitting it.

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