- Dion Jordan suspended 4 games DE Dion Jordan is suspended the first four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
- Mike Pouncey has hip surgery Fins OC could be out for 3 months
- Fins suspend S Don Jones For his twitter comments about Ram's DL Michael Sam
- Fins select OT Ja'Wuan James in 1st round James should challenge for the starting RT spot
Sunday’s Week 13 matchup with the Jets was on that saw the Dolphins enter the game with a significant talent advantage. It was one of those games they should dominate, the defense allowing practically nothing and the offense doing plenty to win. Amazingly, the Jekyll & Hyde Dolphins actually did just that, soundly defeating an opponent they should, even if it took a little while to get going.
It was actually such through domination that I won’t have as much to say here, because the defense practically sleep-walked through the victory. That being said, here are my observations from the win over the Jets.
- Ryan Tannehill was good in this one, if not quite as good as he should have been. He and the offense struggled to do much early in the game, and a few bad throws by Tannehill or bad calls by Mike Sherman delayed much of the Dolphins’ scoring. Overall though, I thought Tannehill did a great job making reads, hitting his open receivers and sensing the pressure while getting rid of the ball quickly. It’s the kind of performance Continue reading
As has become custom, the Dolphins continue to show they can’t string together multiple quality performances in a row. They now drop to 5-6, on the outside looking in on the playoff hunt, and although they’re still alive in a crowded race, they don’t look at all like a team we’d want to see in the playoffs. I’ll get to my overall game thoughts at the end, but here are my individual observations…
- Ryan Tannehill and the deep ball. It’s become a running joke and it’s not getting any better. He underthrew Mike Wallace at least twice and the receiver thankfully made adjustments on them, hauling in one for a spectacular touchdown. Then Tannehill actually overthrew him late in what could have sealed the game. He gave Wallace a barely catchable but still horribly thrown ball on the hail mary before the final play of the game, and a throw toward the left would have allowed the receiver to score easily. At this point, it’s like watching Christian Ponder play, and if you wouldn’t be happy with Ponder, you can’t be happy Continue reading
1) LT Bryant McKinnie and LG Sam Brenner vs. DE Greg Hardy and DT Star Lotulelei.
McKinnie and Brenner did a solid overall job on the left side in the Dolphins’ win over the Chargers last Sunday, but will be faced with larger tasks this week in Hardy and Lotulelei. Neutralizing Hardy and Lotulelei is key to setting the tone up front, but it won’t be an easy task. Hardy, ranked 7th out of 51 DE’s in the 4-3 by PFF, has 17 sacks in his last 23 games. Lotulelei has become the Panthers’ version of Paul Soliai, eating up double teams on the inside.
2) MLB Dannell Ellerbe vs. QB Cam Newton.
Dion Jordan spying Cam Newton is an obvious solution to this problem, but don’t hold your breath for this coaching staff to put those puzzle pieces together. Look for Ellerbe to shadow Newton in order to keep him inside the pocket.
3) WR Brian Hartline vs. CB Melvin White.
Kudos to undrafted rookie CB Melvin White for earning a starting job on a Panthers D that has allowed the fewest amount of points th Continue reading
As the Miami Dolphins tend to do, they followed up Week 10′s pathetic loss to the previously-winless Buccaneers with a solid home win against the Chargers, bringing them to 5-5 and right in the thick of the AFC Wild Card hunt. Here are my observations from the team’s Week 11 performance…
- I thought Ryan Tannehill was good but not great in this one. He still held onto the ball too long at times and his accuracy wasn’t always on. He was solid on short and intermediate routes, but he once again continues to struggle with the deep ball. He had Mike Wallace for an easy touchdown and once again underthrew him and caused an incompletion. I also worry at times about Tannehill’s velocity, because he seems to throw a lot of passes on comeback routes that get jumped or close to it.
- I was pleasantly surprised with the running game in this one, as the backs got surprising help from our patchwork line and were able to move the ball on the ground. Daniel Thomas was the standout here, averaging 5.7 yards on Continue reading
1) CB Brent Grimes vs. WR Vincent Jackson.
Grimes is having a Pro Bowl caliber season as the team’s lock-down CB. He matches up extremely well with big, physical receivers like Vincent Jackson who can otherwise push around smaller NFL CB’s. Even on an 0-8 Bucs team, Jackson is on pace for 86 catches for 1268 and 8 TD’s.
2) RG John Jerry vs. DT Gerald McCoy.
Never thought I’d say it: RG John Jerry is playing well. PFF has graded Jerry positively in the last 3 games (+1, +1, +2.2), and has been critical to the team’s new found success on the ground. He faces a big challenge in All-Pro DT Gerald McCoy, one of the best two-way DT’s in the league. Jerry doesn’t have to dominate this matchup, but he does have to contain McCoy.
3) RT Tyson Clabo vs. DE Adrian Clayborn.
Shutting down Clayborn forces the Bucs to blitz LB’s Lavonte David and Mason Foster often, which frees up more Dolphins WR’s and TE’s into the secondary. 2011 1st Continue reading