BY NICK ST. DENIS
Vontae Davis is working on technique this offseason. At least he says so. A lot.
The Dolphins' fourth-year cornerback did an interview with the Finsiders earlier this week, and he said the word "technique" five times in five sentences.
“First, we have to start with the little things, and that’s technique," Davis said when asked what Miami's cornerbacks can do to improve the defense's numbers. "The better you get your technique, the better position you’re going to be in to make plays.
"Biggest thing for a corner is to be hard on yourself on technique. Technique—that’s what matters. If you’re playing with technique all the time, it’s going to put you in a position to make plays.”
New Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle is installing a 4-3-leaning defense in hopes to apply more pressure on the quarterback and force him into quicker, poorer decisions. With that pressure comes one-on-one matchups for cornerbacks on the outside.
"The corners are going to be put on an island, playing a lot of man-to-man," Davis said. "It’s good to be aggressive and also compete with the receivers.”
Davis had four interceptions his rookie season in 2009 but only grabbed one in 2010. He picked off four passes in 2011 but missed four games last year due to being benched for disciplinary reasons in addition to a nagging hamstring.
He's entering a critical year, having proclaimed last preseason season that he and Sean Smith make up the best cornerback tandem in the NFL before the Dolphins secondary got torched Week 1 against the Patriots.
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