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.