What Could Have Been

This Anquan Boldin mistake is never going to go away, is it? More than five years after the fact it was back, front and center, Sunday afternoon at University of Phoenix Stadium continuing to haunt the Dolphins.

And it wasn't just because Boldin burned the Dolphins secondary for 140 yards and three touchdowns, including a 71-yard touchdown on Arizona's first offensive play.

That's just too obvious.

Let us focus first on the fact that had the Dolphins drafted Boldin in the second round of the 2003 draft the way they should have instead of going for linebacker Eddie Moore, their receiving corps wouldn't be such a mess right now.

The sad shape of the Dolphins WR corps has been well documented, and it just gets even sadder when we see what two good wide receivers, in this case Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald, can do.

It's no stretch to say that those two guys single-handedly beat the Dolphins on Sunday. Yes, the Cardinals have a better defense than the Dolphins and Kurt Warner is a better passer than Chad Pennington, but it was clear that Boldin and Fitzgerald represented the biggest difference between the teams.

While Arizona is a threat on offense heading into every game because of those two guys, the Dolphins are in trouble offensively going into every game because their wideouts scare absolutely no one.

The two best receivers on the team right now are Davone Bess and Greg Camarillo, two guys who came into the NFL as undrafted rookie free agents.

And the Dolphins' problems at wide receiver didn't just surface. Sure, Chris Chambers and Marty Booker gave them a respectable starting tandem for a couple of years, but the Dolphins wide receiver corps hasn't been a strength for a long, long time.

With just Boldin in the lineup, the Dolphins' group would take a giant leap forward.

Instead, the Dolphins had to watch them toy with their highly suspect secondary.

Sure, a lot of it had to due with coverage breakdowns -- again -- but Boldin also caught a touchdown pass in traffic that Warner only threw because he had confidence in Boldin, the kind of confidence Pennington cannot possibly have in a single one of his wideouts.

Boldin simply was too elusive and too physical for the Dolphins defense.

That he's unhappy with his contract is no big secret and it's also been suggested he wouldn't mind playing with the Dolphins. Only problem with that is the fact the Cardinals have said they're not trading him and he's under contract through 2010.

So the idea of Boldin in a Dolphins uniform appears to be only a dream at this point.

Let's face it, the Dolphins had their shot at Boldin in 2003 and they blew it. Badly.

Eddie Moore has been out of the NFL for a while now, while Boldin continues to make life difficult for opposing defenses. On Sunday, it was the Dolphins' turn to suffer.

As they have suffered since that dreadful draft day more than five years. As they will continue to suffer until to get answers at wide receiver.

Sad. It shouldn't have been that way.


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