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

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Phllip Livas provided spark in the return game.  The 5’7″ and 179 pound rookie WR out of Louisiana Tech was quick and agile and was not afraid to make contact — he didn’t run out of bounds like someone I remember.  He returned a punt for a 75 yard TD.  I hope that he gets to handle most of the kicks in the next game to see more of his stuff.

A.J. Edds had a good game at ILB.  After missing rookie season last year due to an injury, Edds produced six tackles and one sack.  He mostly played on the second team defense, but A.J. appears to have a bright future.  I hope he gets some time with the first team defense along side of Dansby.  The Phins could use the help.

Jimmy Wilson had a good game at DB.  The 5’11″ and 185 pound rookie out of Montana seemed to be all over the field with some highlight hits.  He had four tackles and one sack largely playing on the third team defense.  I hope he gets some time with the first team defense at safety.  The Phins could really use the help there.

Matt Moore had a good game at QB.  However, I don’t think we have a QB controversy — not yet.  Moore played well with respectable numbers — 11 out of 18 for 123 yards (61.8%) with 2 TDs and 1 INT.  Mostly, he was running for his life because of poor OL play.  But, he threw the ball downfield putting his WRs in good position to make good YACs.  He brought the team back for the victory.

THE BAD

First team ILBs could not make any plays to stop the Falcons running game on their second drive.  They did not fill the holes opened up in the DL.  FA acquisition Kevin Burnett had no tackles and Dansby only had two.  I hope this was just an indication that Dansby and Burnett need some time to develop some chemistry. 

First team DBs could not make any plays to stop the Falcons passing attack on their second drive.  I saw Vonte Davis on several plays lazily jogging after WRs who were making YACs.  The Falcons gained a lot of YACs.  I hope Mike Nolan lights a fire under some of their butts.

THE UGLY

Chad Henne was, well, he was the same old Chad Henne.  Out of his first four passes, he completed one to a Dolphin and two to Falcons.  Many analysts say that the first INT was not his fault — Fasano should have caught the ball.  I did not see it that way.  It was typical Henne not properly leading his receiver — there was space and a passing lane to do so.  I noted that, out of almost all of his eight passing attempts, Henne was fixed on the primarly target — he twittered the defense where he was going with the ball — typical Henne.  On his second interception, he was fixed on Bess from the snap of the ball.  Bess was double covered, while Wallace on the other side of the field was in single coverage.  I really wonder if Henne will ever learn how to properly lead receivers and consistently look off coverage.

All Offensive Lineman played awful — seemed like none of them were noteworthy of positive play.  Tony Sparano, the supposed guru of the offensive line, has put together another group of guys that cannot open any holes for the RBs.  I felt sorry for all the Dolphin RBs who literally had nowhere to run.  I wrote many articles during the NFL Draft about the Dolphins taking a left guard like Moffitt or even Boren.  Or, the Dolphins need to go out and acquire a top notch FA.  But, no!  Sparano chose to get tackles — a Cowboy retread and an often injured Seahawk.  Believe it or not, the only guard the Dolphins acquired was a UFAR who they immediately put on the PUP list because of offseason surgery.  I just don’t understand why Jeff Ireland doesn’t go out and get a top notch guard.  We have needed one for years.  Let’s hope that Jake Long comes off the PUP list in a hurry to add some sense of leadership to the OL.

The first pre-season game raised more questions, than provided answers.  The Dolphins have a lot of work to do.  I sincerely hope they find some answers real quick.  There are many tools in the box for the Dolphins to have a good season.  I think all they need to find is decent QB play and dominating play at left guard.

 

What’s your thoughts on the first game?

 

 

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