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  • Sports Buzz: nuggets from the Dolphins' preseason opener

    You know you're starting OL is looking like garbage when Barry Jackson calls them out... lol...

    http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sport...on-opener.html

    • Adam Gase's thoughts, afterward: "On offense, we once again, 2nd and 3, run the ball, get called for holding [Ja'Wuan James was the culprit]. And we're third and long. Not ideal for us.... It's part of the process. Couple drives. We need to get better from it. We can't have the penalty. That just kills us. We need to get in third and manage-ables. We didn't get that with the ones.... I'll watch [tonight's tape of Ryan Tannehill] on the flight home. I don't know how much of an opportunity he had to really kind of do anything."...

    • As I asked on Twitter, if the Dolphins first need an offensive line that will keep Ryan Tannehill clean before we can fairly evaluate him, how many decades must we wait for that?

    There are no more excuses for this offensive line, the fifth-highest paid in football.

    Tannehill threw four passes in two series and was heavily pressured on three of them, with Dallas Thomas (the starter at left guard) allowing himself to be pushed back on a 3rd and 9, and Jordan Cameron and Branden Albert providing no resistance on Olivier Vernon on another third down, forcing Tannehill to throw the ball prematurely. And the aforementioned James penalty wiped out a first-down run.

    Dolphins coaches believe Thomas has been superior to Tunsil entering tonight, but it’s clearly time to insert the rookie and let him get most or all of first-team snaps before his regular-season indoctrination in Seattle. Tunsil came off the bench and played into the fourth quarter tonight.


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    There were several impressive plays by the Dolphins’ young defensive backs. Walt Aikens, who is much improved, had a quarterback strip, forcing a fumble that Spencer Paysinger recovered.

    Bobby McCain made a scintillating interception on a deep throw, and had another pass deflection.

    Lafayette Pitts, who started four years at Pittsburgh but went undrafted, made a nifty deflection that fellow undrafted rookie AJ Hendy intercepted. Former Hurricane Brandon Harris, trying to revive his career after missing last season with a torn ACL, made a nice play in coverage.

    Isaiah Pead, competing with Damian Williams and Daniel Thomas, ran with purpose to start the second half, closing with 50 yards on 10 carries. “I’m really happy how well he’s playing,” Tannenbaum said.

    And Leonte Carroo used his excellent hands to make a difficult catch, from Moore, by the sideline.

    ...

    • The Dolphins’ second-team o-line featured starting right guard Billy Turner at right tackle, but he whiffed badly on a sack during his stint tonight at tackle. Anthony Steen, not Jamil Douglas, was the backup center. Ulrick Jean, at tackle, was beaten a couple times and allowed a sack. Matt Moore was sacked three times operating behind backup linemen, including Tunsil.

    ...

    • Linebacker Mike Hull helped his chances a bit tonight with seven tackles and a stout third-down stop.

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    More at the link.

    There were some positives throughout the game. I'm hoping one of those is that the coaches have positively seen enough of Dallas Thomas and realize that Tunsil has to be the starting LG. Also, if James doesn't improve at RT, then give Billy Turner a shot at the RT spot. James has been inconsistent ever since that injury a season or so ago.

  • #2
    One thing for sure, we have good depth cause our 2s and 3s shut them out while scoring 27 points. Now we need to get our 1st teamers going at a high level. So far both OC(Gase) and DC have done a good job in their 1st preseason.
    From a spark to a roaring blaze, grow the passion!

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    • cuchulainn
      cuchulainn commented
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      We'll see... we looked much better in last year's PS, but that didn't last long... lol...

    • Wulf
      Wulf commented
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      Cuch, how much "better" did we look last season? As I recall we turned the ball over 3 or 4 times against Da' Bears, and lost 27-10...

    • cuchulainn
      cuchulainn commented
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      Wulf - Was referring to the 1st string offense. OL gave up no sacks and few pressures. Tannehill was 6/7 for 56 yards and a TD. Had a decent run game as well.

  • #3
    The Dolphins final starting O-Line (courtesy of the late Johnny Carson) : Anthony Steen, Ulrick Jean, Martin Sheen, Mr Clean, Ben Vereen, and Chomp, the wonder beaver.
    I doubt any of you are old enough to remember that routine of his. I need some sleep.

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    • Wulf
      Wulf commented
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      Six man OL? With the lines we've had in recent years, I'm surprised we didn't try it... LOL

    • IMAWriter
      IMAWriter commented
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      Actually, "CHOMP" is the TE!. I just couldn't resist adding Martin Sheen, all 5'6" 160 #'s of him.

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