Game 1: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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The Dolphins first pre-season game against the Falcons is in the books.  The Phins won the game 28-23.  But, the score is not an indication of the Dolphins’ performance.  After studying the game film, I would like to give you my take of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Upon first viewing, I was shocked that the Phins gave up 17 points in the first quarter — going down 17-0.  I thought, my Heavens, what happened to our top notch defense.  However, after further review, the first team defense was only in for two series.  The first series was a three and out with the Phins stopping three straight passing attempts by Matt Ryan.  The second series was highlighted by the Falcons running all over the Phins — see below for “the Bad”.

So, here is my take on the game:


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  • fins4ever

    I would not call Tony Sparano a guru of anything. The only time the o line was decent was before he started tinkering with it. It has been downhill ever since.

    If this guy is a guru of the o line, I am the second coming of Jesus Christ!

  • stevehoffart

    I saw some good signs from Donald Thomas. Although it was hard to see any dynamic running because of the poor O-Line play and the fact he only carried 4 times. He did hit the line hard, no dancing a la Ronnie Brown.

    Gates looked pretty good in limited action, Edds did look great, and Trusnik had some bounce in his game.

    I do have to say that, although I know the most of the Phin writers here have a hate on for Henne, Fasano most definitely should have caught that ball. I’m not concerned about his timing in terms of leading the receivers, 1st game! You did mention he locks on a target early and you nailed that. He stares down every throw like he only has one receiver. That will need to improve, but I will wait for Game 1 when he will again have 0TD and 0INT.

  • fins4ever

    The support for Henne on most any sites are pretty evenly split. You either have faith or not. For me, I do, but he really needs to stop locking in on one guy or he will never develop into anything except an interception machine.

  • Henneneedstime

    Let’s settle down on Henne staring down receivers. He was missing his biggest and security blanket in Marshall. Wait until r. Bush steps in and all the defensive schemes have to Acct for him. One thing that was not mentioned is that dolphins seem to have 5 or 6 recievers that are all ready to make plays this year. Give Henne some time with the new offense and insert Reggie you will see a different Henne.

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  • phinfandan

    I’m all for not making any rash decisions after the 1st preseason game, but let’s be honest with ourselves. All you hear about from the coaches is how he has studied the playbook, coordinated all of the practices during the lock out and was becoming a go to man for all the answers from his team mates. Someone explain to me how a QB with only a week of knowledge of the playbook out played him or played him even depending on your take. I’m not calling for him to be removed yet or that all of a sudden Matt Moore should be splitting reps, but I expected more from Henne.

    I’ll admit that on some plays we can’t tell 100% if it was Henne or a receivers fault. I just feel that he is zooming in on his targets and everyone can see it. He really does need to work on that. What I did like from the game was that they were attacking the defense and stretching the field albeit the 2nd or 3rd stringers.

    The real bright spot was Livas. Every time he touched the ball he exploded. I really hope he has a good camp and makes the 53. I also hope to see all of the starters next week for a couple of quarters. i want to see what we can do when we have a real game plan and all of our weapons on the field. Hopefully Jake can make into a game before the regular season starts. I do feel that all of the backs we have can make a real difference as well. Go Dolphins!!!!!

  • Lespaul

    Great assessment and mostly on point with what I saw. I would also add that Odrick looked OK, but really got pushed around. He did make one nice tackle for a loss. The middle of the D got man handled. Thats not good considering the way this division runs the ball. Looks like the Patriots have a very nice ground game in the works. The o-line was definitely the weakest spot and will crush this team if they do not get it fixed. Given the talent in the division I see the Dolphins competing for third place. I just cannot see them winning the division and depending on how well Sanchez plays, the Fins are in for a rough year at keeping the third place spot. We already know what type of QB Henne is and will become. He has a college record and 3+ years of NFL experience that paints this picture quite clear. The INT’s are self made and were what kept him from winning at Michigan and will be what keeps him from winning in Miami. Everything I see is in his head and how he reads the field and processes it. This may never work out for him and he may never catch on. The brain trust in Miami should have picked Mallet for insurance and trade value if it came down to it. Not having confidence in a starting qb that can WIN may well have doomed this team for this year.