Found October 02, 2013 on
There are many points to be made about Monday night’s Miami Dolphins game, which readily come to mind without getting too deep into stats and analysis. First, let us not forget that this is a team has been and continues to be plagued by injuries, and not just to borderline players, but to some of our best, specifically, Wake, Soliai, and Patterson. There were others who were questionable right up to game time and who were less than 100% healthy. Soliai, to our surprise, did play for a bit and his presence was felt immediately. So it should be no surprise that once he left the game, the Dolphins appeared lost and unable to stop the Saints. The point is that had the Dolphins been somewhat healthier, with at least Soliai available for the game, the outcome may have been quite different.
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I would like to make two points before offering a general perspective on the game. and the first one comes in the form of an almost rhetorical question that has been asked before, but that may be important enough to merit being asked again. What is the point of deferring after winning the coin toss? I am not going to judge the logic of it if the wind is factor, but on Monday night the game was being played inside a dome… superstition? Maybe.
Second, during the Dolphins’ first possession, they looked crisp, and appeared to be on a mission. Blockers were diligently taking on their zone blocking assignments and opening holes and there was little hesitation if any, for what the role for each individual player was. Tannehill was getting rid of the ball quickly, which forced Ryan’s defense to stay home … Then, we all saw how that drive came to a stop, a very bad played was called. This would be the 1st wheel to fall off the wagon. These two points translate into wasted opportunities. (continued on page 2, CLICK HERE)
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