Week 1: Putting Things Into Perspective

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Week 1 is in the books and it was not pretty.  The Dolphins top ten ranked defense (last year) was shredded by Tom Brady and the Patriots in a 38-24 loss.  Brady completed 32 of 48 passes for 517 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.  Overall, the Patriots had 622 yards of total offense with 106 rushing yards.  The Dolphins defense looked confused and tired, literally limping at the end of the game.

But, it is important to put things into perspective.

Chad Henne had a very good game.  He completed 30 of 49 passes for 416 with two touchdowns and one interception on the last play of the game.  Brandon Marshall caught 7 passes for 139 yards.  More importantly, I was impressed by the fact that the Dolphins offense did not quit — not even up until the last play of the game.  And, Henne and Marshall were out there leading the effort up until the very end.

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  • hartg

    i liked the idea of Soliai lead blocking on trhe goal line. Too bad he was pass blocking? Cant Larry johnson run that in behind Soliai? Maybe an extra TE or two to block!

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  • Lespaul

    I am not sure about Larry. He is still trying to figure out this offense, but yeah a one yard push should be right up his alley. I am puzzled as to the personnel decisions made by this coaching staff going into the season. Where is the running game??? What happened to the secondary and conditioning. Aside from your SS and Davis the entire secondary is a mess. I agree that the no huddle offense should not have been an issue. All you have to do is watch how the Jets beat Ne England in the playoffs last year to see a ‘no huddle’ defensive scheme. The Jets have safety’s that run like corners, but hit like linebackers. That’s a great recipe for TE coverage. The Jets modified Nickel package is the best in football. Buddy taught his boys well. One can only hope that they snap out of this and use this loss to fuel their desire for payback. It takes leadership and solid coaching to do that. Dick Sheridan was a guy who could motivate us and get the best out of a mediocre squad. He always had us ready to play even when it looked like you were outmatched. I am not sure what haltime speech Sporano gave his troops, but it didn’t work…they came out defeated, not motivated.

  • Lespaul

    One more gripe…What was the deal with the defensive line? Generally in a 3-4 your tackles should be able to cover the gaps and keep the linemen on their blocks and allow the outside LB’s to rush the passer or drop into coverage. Wake got manhandled all night by a rookie who should have been pressured by multiple points of attack. Also, Sapp should have made that tackle on Welker . Nolan took a gamble and blitzed Brady on the two yard line, but that was a match-up any QB would love to see. Maybe if they were in a base defense the Pats would have run the ball.