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Dolphins ruling tackles leader board

The Miami Dolphins are all over the top of the tackles leader board through the first 14 games of the NFL season. Is that a good thing?

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The NFL's regular season is 14 games old, with two Monday Night Football contests later today. Through those first 14 games, one for each of the 28 teams to have played thus far, four players have surpassed ten tackles on the year. Three of those players are Miami Dolphins.

Miami safety Reshad Jones currently leads the league with 12 tackles, tied with the New York Giants' Uani' Unga. Just behind Jones are linebackers Koa Misi and Jelani Jenkins, who both recored 11 tackles on the day. Three Dolphins in the top four players in tackles. That is impressive.

It also means the Washington Redskins, Miami's opponent in Week 1, had the ball on offense a lot. In fact, they ran 69 offensive plays on the day, gaining 349 yards. The Miami defense racked up a lot of tackles on the day (80 as a team, 52 of which were solo), but that also means they allowed Washington to run a lot of plays.

The fact that a safety leads the way - even a safety who plays in the box throughout the game - is not exactly confidence building either.

If you want to add in all the players in the top ten in tackles (which is 20 players, due to the ties), cornerback Jamar Taylor also appears on the list, recording nine tackles during the contest.

Last season, Jenkins led Miami in tackles with 110. Jones was second with 80, then Misi, with 66. This year, at least after one game, it appears those three will again be the top group for Miami. At least for one week, they will also be the top group for the league.