- Fins sign OT Clabo Miami signs former Falcon OT Tyson Clabo to a 1 year deal
- Fins select CB Jamar Taylor Boise State CB Jamar Taylor is the Fins selection at the #54 pick
- Davone Bess traded to Browns Reports that WR Bess has indeed been traded to the Browns
- Miami takes DE Dion Jordan Miami trades up with the Raiders to select DE Dion Jordan
Fins lose opener to Texans
For about a quarter and a half, the Miami Dolphins hung with the Houston Texans. It actually looked like it might be a close game. But in a matter of just 5 offensive plays, the Fins committed 4 turnovers. The Texans scored 24 points. And that was that. Miami lost by 20 points, 30-10.
When you lose by 20, there usually are not many bright spots. And in reality, there aren’t many. But there are a few.
Bright Spots – The Dolphins ground game looked solid, averaging 4.2 yards per carry. Reggie Bush had 69 yards on 14 carries, almost 5 ypc. (115 total yards.) In contrast, the Dolphin defense held the Texans ground game to 2.4 yards per carry.
Miami may have finally solved their return game woes with Marcus Thigpen. Thigpen had a 72 yard punt return, which was Miami’s only TD. He also averaged 27.4 yards per kick return.
Reggie Bush and Davone Bess played well in the receiving game, picking up 46 receiving yards each. Brian Hartline had 50 yardsaswell. But too many times, the receiving corp could not get open and provided little help for their rookieQB.ThingstoWorkon – There are many. so I’ll just highlight the big ones.First, Ryan Tannehill played like a rookie. His passes were too low, leading to 4 batted balls, two of which were intercepted. Ryan didn’t look off his receiver, instead staring them down. And finally, on 4th and goal, you have to aim for the endzone….not the 5 yard line. But in reality, all of this is coachable and can be corrected.
Second, I have to question some of the Dolphins coaching plans. Why extra blockers were not kept back to help protect Tannehill in the face of constant Texans’ blitz has me wondering. As does the continual single coverage on receiving threat Andre Johnson. Why was Jimmy Wilson covering Andre one on one? Why was anyone covering Johnson one on one?
And finally, as well as the Fins played the run, they played the pass poorly. I mentioned Andre Johnson already, but Owen Daniel had 4 catches for over 21 yards a catch.
Overall – Most expected the Fins to lose. So the outcome of this game wasn’t a shock. Keep in mind too that the Texans are a playoff team. They were 10-6 last year and probably would of gone further in the playoffs if QB Matt Schaub had not been injured. But I certainly expected a better showing from Miami. Clearly, there is still A LOT of work to do.
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