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Tired of the Dolphins always playing catch-up?

I told you in the previous post that part of Paul Pasqualoni's undoing as Dolphins defensive coordinator was the fact his unit didn't get off the block quick enough the final three games of the season.

The Miami defense was slooooooow to get interested in games, giving up two and sometimes three scores in the first half before getting into the assignment and finishing better.

Well, isn't it ironic that in searching for Pasqualoni's successor, the Dolphins are seemingly playing catch-up again?

Barring the regime naming Todd Bowles, an in-house guy, or being able to pull a major surprise name out of the coaching ranks as the new defensive coordinator, the Dolphins have been a day late on at least one potential candidate.

Today the Chiefs got their man as reports confirm Romeo Crennel is going to be the defensive coordinator in Kansas City. An NFL source close to Crennel tells me the Dolphins inquired about the coach's interest in coming to Miami (he owns a house in Palm Beach) but he had already promised KC first dibs.

So what does that say?

The Dolphins got to Crennel after the Chiefs and basically had to take a number.

There are other reports the Dolphins are also interested in former Virginia head coach Al Groh as a DC candidate. Well, Georgia Tech already talked to Groh about becoming the DC in Atlanta and so if the Dolphins want Groh, they have to pull a comeback to get him.

And I'm starting to see a troubling trend here.

The Dolphins were 0-2 in 2008.

They were 0-3 in 2009.

They were late waking up defensively while going 0-3 to finish the season.

Are they late getting started on finding their defensive coordinator, too?

In the case of Crennel, that answer is yes.