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Carroll Answers The Bell

Posted Sep 16, 2013

Cornerback earns praise of coaches and teammates.



This is cornerback Nolan Carroll’s fourth season in the league and prior to the Colts game he had started just 14 of the 43 games he had played in. The fifth-round pick out of Maryland in 2010 did not disappoint when he was asked to start in place of the injured Dimitri Patterson.

Carroll, who had one of Miami’s three interceptions at Cleveland the week before, responded with four solo tackles, one key pass breakup in the fourth quarter and solid coverage all afternoon against a very dangerous group of Colts receivers. He earned the praise of both Head Coach Joe Philbin and defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle.

“I thought Nolan played well,” Coyle said. “He matched up well on the perimeter and I thought it was probably one of his better all-around efforts. He’s had a number of starts since he’s been here but I think he stepped up against a good receiver (in Pro Bowler Reggie Wayne) and a good receiving corps and did a fine job.”

Both Coyle and Philbin preach about the importance of always being ready to step up when a player goes down or to take on a bigger responsibility based on how the game is progressing. Carroll did both against a Colts passing game that can score from anywhere and can make many a defensive back look bad if caught out of position, stepping in front of Griff Whalen on a 3rd-and-10 from the Miami 18 with 1:35 left in the game to knock down the pass from Luck. That set up Wheeler’s fourth-down sack and left an impression on Philbin.

“We talk to the team the night before a game and it’s in the team meeting that somebody that we’re not counting on today this minute to play a lot is going to have to play a lot in the ballgame,” Philbin said. “That was an example of it right there and he did a good job.”

Wayne was held to just five catches for 46 yards and some of those came against nickel back Jimmy Wilson, so Carroll’s confidence should get a boost heading into this Sunday’s home opener against the Atlanta Falcons. They bring another talented receiving corps led by Julio Jones and Roddy White, along with future Hall-of-Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez, so Carroll will be called upon again to deliver for Miami.

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