Mike Nolan And The D

The defense stifled the Bengals after their first drive.

The Miami Dolphins won their fourth regular season game yesterday with another strong defensive showing. What was most impressive were the adjustments made to shut down what appeared to be a Bengals offense getting into a groove. The door was slammed in their face by Mike Nolan and the D.

During the first possession of the game, there was some anxiety on my part about how we were matching up, with a few beaten corners, holes in the line for running lanes and a sense of confusion on the defensive side of the ball. Slowly, however, each glimpse of offensive power was taken away and after halftime, eliminated.

I think that says a lot about Mike Nolan’s defense. Great defensive coordination with excellent execution. I liked the blitz packages that eventually kept Carson Palmer uncomfortable, the safeties run support and the linebackers doing a much better job covering the middle of the field. There should have been several interceptions but there were some well-covered receivers and some great plays that were drive-killers. The defense seems to be playing much more like a unit and the ability to adjust is encouraging because in this league you can never really be sure how players match up and sometimes you take a beating from a source you did not expect. Remember also that we have faced some high octane offenses this season and maybe that has them hardened. I was really proud of the performance today.

Topics: Defense, Miami Dolphins, Mike Nolan

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  • w3stc0astmdf

    Nice job!

    The D has been a great surprise this season for me! I like some of the young players and the way MN is using them.

    The juxtaposition of the OC and DC are a nice contrast.
    In your write up you said:

    “Slowly, however, each glimpse of offensive power was taken away and after halftime, eliminated.”

    Awesome point and this is what football is all about see what the other team is doing and making adjustments. Nolan is making the adjustments each game to make sure we get better as the game goes on.

    On the other side of the the coin if we look at the Offense our OC is not making the adjustments necessary to put us in the endzone. Usually by half time you have seen all of their attacks and can start to form an idea of what to throw at them and how they are vulnerable. Henning seems to not make any adjustments in play calling and that plays into the other defenses game plan. He has done some good things too but Henning is clearly not the coach Nolan is at this point imho.

    Special teams is also an issue that we hope can continue to hold its own. Any break out plays on ST would be great but I just hope we do not have any more collapses.

    Go Dolphins!