- CB Patterson to IR Patterson will miss the rest of the season due to a groin injury
- Fins beat Steelers on final play Antonio Brown steps out of bounds at the 13 yard line, sealing the Fins' win
- Fins shut down Jets Miami's defense dominates in a 23-3 victory at New York
- Fins hold off Chargers Brent Grimes' last second deflection sealed Miami's victory
Dolphins coach Joe Philbin is currently working on assembling his coaching staff for the 2012 season. This is the first time in Philbin’s career he is a head coach and the first time he will make all the decisions regarding the coaching staff. Many of the coaches from the 2011 season have already left and are taking other jobs and most if not all of Sparano’s staff will not return.
The latest news and speculation regarding Philbin’s staff has indicated that he is looking for both a new offensive coordinator as well as a defensive coordinator. Former DC Mike Nolan as we all know recently left to take the same position for the Atlanta Falcons and as of today one of the names being mentioned for his replacement is Bengals secondary coach Kevin Coyle. Its just a matter of time before the position is filled and lets all hope whoever it is doesn’t make to many changes from last years philosophy.
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Mike Nolan, who was the Dolphins’ defensive coordinator for the past two years will be leaving Miami to join the Atlanta Falcons as their defensive coordinator.
Under the Nolan, Miami’s defense improved significantly. Although Miami’s defense struggled early in 2011, they came on strong over the second half of the season.
Miami ended the 2011 season 15th overall in yards allowed defensively, but were 6th overall in points allowed per game.
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You know the history: rewind to the beginning of 2008. Bill Parcells comes to town, bringing Cowboy protegees Tony Sparano and Jeff Ireland. “The Triumvirate” arrived on the heels of the team’s worst record, 1-15. Recognizing that lack of talent was an issue, Parcells & Co immediately gutted the roster.
All offseason Miami preached a code of bigger, stronger, tougher. Conditioning and toughness would make injuries and losing a thing of the past. Opponents would know they were in for a street brawl when Miami rolled into town, and that’s exactly how Miami played. That toughness coupled with the surprising Wildcat resulted in the league’s biggest turnaround and a division title. Oh, it was good to be a Miami Dolphin again. 2009 was looking good with Parcells & Co at the wheel and a boatload of draft picks.
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1) Cover the flats on Defense.
Charger RB’s Mike Tolbert and Ryan Mathews have combined for 34 catches in 3 games. Mike Nolan’s Defense has to be more aggressive covering the 5-10 yard zone.
2) Bracket WR Vincent Jackson.
My biggest fear? Seeing CB Nolan Carroll on Vincent Jackson in the second half with the game on the line. With TE Antonio Gates expected to sit out one more week and 6-6 WR Malcolm Floyd iffy for Sunday, there’s no excuse for the Dolphins to treat V-Jack like just “another guy” as they did with Andre Johnson.
3) Take advantage of CB Quentin Jammer.
Quentin Jammer is coming into this game injured, and may or may not even play. Last week, the Chargers pass defense struggled against Matt Cassel and the lowly Chiefs as they picked on Marcus Gilchrist and Antoine Cason. With RB Daniel Thomas out, Brandon Marshall, Brian Hartline, and Davone Bess will need to step up their game and expose the Chargers weakness in the defen Continue reading
Dolfans everywhere are dismayed by the Dolphins (lack of) defense this past Monday night against the Patriots. I know I don’t need to recap the carnage for anyone given how vivid and unmistakable it was, but in the interest of making my point consider the following:
- Miami defenders, gassed and cramping up in the Miami humidity… while those guys from New England run gleefully past to some record setting performances like it’s a crisp, autumn evening is Boston. Many have blamed this on practicing in the dreaded “Bubble”, but I have another theory.
- Practically non-existent pass rush, even though Miami’s young and promising DL returned all the essential pieces and second year OLB Koa Misi and Jason Taylor *should* provide some kind of rush opposite speedy and relentless Cameron Wake. Oh yea, this despite the Patriots starting a rookie at right tackle and the starting center going out with an injury.
- Most importantly, Miami’s defenders wereconstantlychasingNew Continue reading