It was pretty obvious to anyone watching just how much of an impact a healthy Jason Taylor can make. He simply was the difference in the first half with two sacks on New England's first two drives.
Zach Thomas is a tremendous linebacker and the leader of the defense. Surtain and Sam Madison are tremendous cover corners.
But if you're looking for the most important player on the Dolphins defense, stop at Taylor. The guy just has a knack for making momentum-swinging plays.
Sunday's forced fumble was an example. So was his sack, fumble forced, fumble recovery against the Jets. And who can forget his play against Cincinnati a couple of years ago?
But it can't be just Taylor. The Dolphins need contributions up front from other sources this season if they are to attain their goals.
David Bowens got a sack on Sunday, and he's a guy who looks like he's making something happen every time he's on the field.
He needs to be used more often, assuming the knee injury he sustained in the second half of the New England game isn't serious.
Adewale Ogunleye has shown flashes of becoming a serious pass rusher, but he needs to do it more consistently.
What the Dolphins need on defense is getting enough pressure to make the quarterback jumpy.
They didn't get any pressure on Kansas City's Trent Green, and got burned all day. They got plenty on Brady, and pounded the Patriots.