Dolphins' Bowles Gets First HC Victory

The Miami Dolphins went to Orchard Park, NY to take on the Buffalo Bills in a snow flurry filled day.  The result?  Not too different from the first encounter in Miami.  Interim head coach Todd Bowles gained his first victory as an NFL head coach as the Miami Dolphins beat the Bills on three turnovers and a career day for RB Reggie Bush (Who signed him?).

Bush came into the game needing 230 yards to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark for the first time in his career.  He planted a 204 yard effort on the hosting Bills.  Bush broke a 77 yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.  A late charge by the Bills while the Dolphins opted for a prevention defense made the game look far closer than it actually was.

For Miami, it takes them out of the AFC East cellar and into third place as the Bills and Phins both have 5 wins.  Miami has the head to head with two wins over their division foes.  The win also knocks Miami down the draft pick ladder and further from a much needed quarterback that fans are clamoring for.  With the win, the Dolphins will have to hope GM Jeff Ireland, if he is still in charge of the draft come April, can swing a trade to move up.  The problem there is the cost of such a move.

Regardless Todd Bowles is coaching in audition mode for Stephen Ross and the rest of the NFL who may be looking for a new head coach.  It’s a reason why the Dolphins are not playing the younger guys to see what they can bring to the roster.  However, third round pick John Jerry, a player reportedly wanted by ex-coach Tony Sparano, played a solid game filling in for the injured Jake Long who was held out of the game.

Aside from Reggie Bush’s superb game today, Brandon Marshall hauled in a long TD from Matt Moore after dropping two other touchdowns early.  Brian Hartline caught long critical passes as well to keep drives alive.  Anthony Fasano also added a touchdown.


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  • Lespaul

    This is one of those games that is hard to poke at because it was a win, but man what a sloppy game by the offense. The Dolphins should have won 50 – 10, but because of the erratic play of both Moore and Marshall they needed the defense to create advantage. I must say, there were so many opportunity’s in the redzone to get TD’s that even an average QB could have posted 6 in each of those drives. Aside from Marshall’s blatant drop, Moore fumbled twice, overthrew wide open Clay and Marshall and flat out looked bad inside the 20. I mean, your kicker kicked three FG’s and his long was 26 yards??? Really??? so, the offense just stalled out inside the 20. Got to come away with TD’s in this league… not every game is against the Bills.

  • irelandjeff

    If Henne was the starting QB does anybody think we would have sweep the Bills? I mean besides Brian? Moore should have been the starter day 1 and we would have been in the playoffs. IF we got Orton we would have been a contender. That my friends is why Sparano, Ireland, etc . must go!

  • Lespaul

    Moore could not have taken this team to the playoffs. For one, the defense sucked as bad as the offense did in the early games. Everyone is giving Moore Waaaay too much credit. The Bills beat the Bills more than Miami beat the Bills…that’s a fact.

  • irelandjeff

    Lesintelligent: HOw do you know!? Henne couldn’t even beat the Browns when he had the chance! Moore = playoffs. Henne =oops another year of “developing.” Henne = 07, Moore 6-1…. are yo u freaking kiddin me!?