Oct 14 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Jimmy Wilson (27) celebrates what he thought was a fumble recovery against the St. Louis Rams. The play was over ruled in favor of the Rams in the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

Miami Dolphins - St. Louis Rams Game Observations


It’s official, after a big-time win over the St. Louis Rams (3-3), the Miami Dolphins are now 3-3 entering their bye week.

Miami was able to win a hard fought defensive struggle Sunday, by a 17-14 margin. If not for 3 Greg Zuerlein field goals – the rookie had been perfect from the field until Sunday – the game could have looked A LOT different.


The Rams won the yardage battle 462 to 192 – does something look wrong here? St. Louis seemingly ran Miami’s defense all over the field Sunday, but simply could not come up big with scoring plays. Miami, on the other hand, came up with scoring drives when the team needed to.


Although Miami won, there were many things that simply did NOT impress me at all…


Offense -


-Rookie Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is a serious contender for Offensive Rookie Of The Year in my eyes. Nobody, including myself, thought Tannehill could come in and be this impressive so early on in the season. Tannehill finished Sunday with a stat line of 21-29 for 185 yards and two touchdowns. This kid seriously looks like the real deal, Miami fans.


-Running Back Reggie Bush looked good in spurts, again. Bush seems scared to run between the tackles now – 12 carries for 17 yards, 5 receptions for 44 yards – after beginning the season fearlessly. Some of the blame can be placed upon the offensive line for not creating gaping holes, but Bush needs to stick his foot into the ground and get himself up field. On a side note, it was awesome to see Offensive Coordinator Mike Sherman involve Bush in the passing game. Keep it up.



Oct.14, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Marlon Moore (14) moves the ball against the defense of St. Louis Rams defensive end Eugene Sims (92) during the first quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Dolphins won 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE



-Disappointing not to see more of Rookie Tail Back Lamar Miller. Miller has way too much talent and big play ability to sit on the bench. Bush clearly was not getting it done on the ground, why not give Miller some looks?


-Wide Receiver Brian Hartline WAS leading the league in receiving yards, that is until the St. Louis defense and corner Cortland Finnegan shut him out. Hartline was only targeted on two occasions and was held without a catch. Finnegan was all over Hartline.


-Wide Receivers Davone Bess – 6 receptions 42 yards – and Marlon Moore – 3 receptions 43 yards 1 touchdown – both stepped up for their rookie signal caller. Bess truly is Mr. Third-Down. It’s amazing to think that going into Sunday, Bess had 22 receptions – 17 of which were first downs. Moore, on the other hand, had some what of a coming out party. It will be interesting to see if the 25 year old speedster can be a key part of this offense going forward.


-Kind of seems like Sherman wants to get tight end Charles Clay involved as much as he can – 1 reception for 8 yards. Clay needs to start catching anything thrown his way – he has serious talent to become a big play threat, all he has to do is hang on to the ball.


-Tight End Anthony Fasano put together another solid game – 4 receptions 33 yards 1 touchdown. Fasano may be having his best season as a dolphin – I guess a tight end really is a rookie quarterback’s best friend, huh?


-The Offensive Line disappointed me run blocking wise. It’s disappointing to see our guards stink at run blocking – mostly because they are both huge dudes. Richie Incognito and John Jerry looked horrific, although Jake Long and Jonathan Martin didn’t look any better. There was constantly a St. Louis defender breaking through the protection on stretch plays and blasts to the 5 and 6 holes. Terrible.


-Pass Blocking was a strong suite of the line, Sunday. Miami’s Offensive Line only surrendered two sacks to a ferocious pass rush coming fresh off a 9-sack performance.


Defense -


-Oh boy, the run defense was finally exploited. It seems that shift and speedy running backs are giving Miami’s front seven a hard time. The Rams were able to muster 162 yards on 27 carries against the former #1 unit against the run. Miami now falls from #1 against the run, to #5 at 78.2 yards per game.


-Defensive Tackle Randy Starks, can you have a better season? Seriously..Big Randy Starks is quietly having a season for the ages. Starks only had 1 tackle Sunday, but was constantly forcing runs to the outside – which allows his speedy linebackers to make the play. Starks quite possibly is the defense’s most valuable player.


-Defensive End Cameron Wake – 3 tackles 1 sack – has finally gotten himself on a roll. Wake is quietly contesting for the lead among sack leaders at 6.5 on the season. Is there a pass rusher out there as feared as Wake is based on pure pass rushing ability?



Oct 14 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon (50) causes St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) to fumble in the fourth quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE



-Linebacker Karlos Dansby was really the only linebacker that stood out Sunday – 9 total tackles. Dansby was constantly stuffing the run, but was again exploited in coverage. Oh well. Seems like a reoccurring theme.


-Miami’s defensive back field had a day to forget. Take a look at these stats – Chris Clemons – 9 total tackles, Nolan Carroll – 6 total tackles, Reshad Jones – 6 total tackles, Sean Smith – 5 total tackles. Typically, you don’t want your starting secondary racking up 26 tackles. From constantly allowing one receiver to break free to shaky tackling, the defensive back field just had a bad day. This young secondary needs to step up and play more consistent for this Miami defense to become one of the NFL’s more respected units.


-Corner back Sean Smith, you let me down brother. From absolutely owning two of the league’s elite receivers, Smith took a huge step back Sunday getting OWNED by Wide Receiver Brandon Gibson. Step it up, Sean!


-One last positive, a Miami Hurricane had a huge impact on the game Sunday!! Rookie Defensive End Olivier Vernon played his butt off – 4 tackles 2 sacks. Vernon finally figured out how to get to the quarterback, and get to him often! Keep it up big fella.


Special Teams -


-Kicker Dan Carpenter finally nailed a 42 yard attempt. Nice to see Carpenter nail a field goal with swirling winds.


-Punter Brandon Fields punted 6 times for an average of 50.3 yards per kick. Fields was able to flip the field for Miami whenever the offense could not get anything going. Not to mention he had a long of 63 yards. MVP.





-Kick-Punt Returner Marcus Thigpen wasn’t given many looks Sunday. Thigpen returned two kicks for a 34 yard average – a long of 44 yards. Hopefully Thigpen will get more chances!


- Defensive Back Jimmy Wilson was an absolute monster on kick and punt coverage. Wilson may never be a starting caliber safety-corner, but he has turned into quite a beast on special teams!




Miami definitely has many things to fix and tweak going into the bye week. One positive is having two weeks to prepare for the New York Jets! Hopefully Miami can capitalize on their opportunity here and get HEALTHY!


As always, Keep Your Fins UP!!



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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kell-Ramos/1026661970 Kell Ramos

    The game could’ve looked a lot different too if the refs didn’t overrule two of the turnovers Miami’s defense created, the in the grasp BS and the OBVIOUS fumble they gave back to the Rams. IF we were given even one of those TO’s the game wouldn’t have seemed as close as it became. No one mentions that when it comes to this game?

    • TylerMcMullen

      Oh I know it! I was going to mention that – must have slipped my mind! Although writing at 4 am isn’t always the best time lol. I was quite disappointed that the refs over-ruled BOTH fumbles. Clearly the “tuck rule” was bogus. Although a player may tuck the ball, when Bradford tried to tuck it – the ball HIT Wake’s helmet – therefore, LIVE BALL! And oh dear, don’t even get me started on the Givens fumble. The ball was clearly coming out as he made a move up field. Heck, I’m not even sure if Bradford ever retained possession while reaching the ball over the goal-line. Oh well. A win is all that matters I suppose. Thanks for the read and the comment man!

      • WaWaWa

        The “tuck rule” has been around for over a decade now, so you cannot continue to complain about the rule. I will give you that the Givens fumble was BS, but knocking Bradford on the goal line… come on man!

        Even if you want to say he lost possession of the ball at first, he regained possession with the Miami laying on his neck and pulling his face mask everywhere.

        And to the original comment, you think the game would have look different with those two plays overturned? How about if Zuerlein hadn’t missed 3 field goals? Take the win and quite b*****ing about things that “shoulda, coulda, woulda” happened? You do not want to open up that can of worms…

        • TylerMcMullen

          The Givens fumble was BS. But the Tuck Rule call in this game was completely absurd. Yes, Bradford attempted to tuck the ball away – BUT how in the heck can anyone tuck the ball away with someone’s helmet in the way. You cannot. Exactly. Although it is quite idiotic to complain about the rule – I have always felt that the tuck rule was complete BS.

          Anything could have happened. I mean really, Zuerlein makes those field goals – St. Louis wins. Carpenter makes all of the FGs he has missed – Miami has one loss to their name going into Sunday. There are always could have, should have, and would have’s in every game, but as you said – Take the win. A win is a win no matter how ugly.

          Thanks for the read and the comment!

  • MiamiHysteria

    Wanted to hop over here to see if they writers for the Dolphins were as delusional as the fans… clearly the answer is yes.

    “Rookie Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is a serious contender for Offensive Rookie Of The Year in my eyes.” Are you blind or just extremely near-sighted and have tickets in the nose-bleed section? Just because a player is better than you expected does not mean that you are in OROY or the “real deal.” Maybe you are living in the Miami Bubble, so here is how the rest of the league is doing for a comparison.

    Griffin: 113 of 161 passing (70.2%) for 1343 yards, 5 TD, 2 INT, 74.4 QBR (also, 379 yards rushing, 6.9 per carry, 6 TD)

    Luck: 118 of 221 passing (53.4%) for 1488 yards, 7 TD, 7 INT, 73.6 QBR (also, 103 yards rushing, 6.1 per carry, 1 TD)

    Russell Wilson: 92 of 152 passing (62.5%) for 1108 yards, 8 TD, 6 INT, 43.8 QBR (also, 109 rushing, 3.4 per carry)

    Tannehill: 118 of 198 passing (59.6%) for 1454, 4 TD, 6 INT, 55.2 QBR (also, 8 yards rushing, 0.4 per carry, 1 TD)

    He isn’t even the in the Top 3 in rookie quarterbacks in the league right now, why on Earth would be be considered for being 3-3 in the pathetic AFC? The AFC has 2 total teams with a winning record, the NFC West alone has three teams with winning record…

    “Running Back Reggie Bush looked good in spurts, again.” Really… what spurts are you referring to exactly? Bush had one rushing attempt greater than 5 yards, which was a 9 yard sprint up the middle on the Dolphins opening drive. Here are the rest of his carries: -5, 0, 0, 2, 1, 5, 4, 0, 0, 2, and -1

    Everything else, I surprisingly agree with hahahahahah good article overall

    • Doug

      You make good points, and stats don’t lie in terms of how MVP voting goes. We will see how it plays out towards the end of the year, things might change. I will say however all 4 QB’s are solid starters up to this point.

      Reggie Bush did look good in spurts. He was effective in the passing game, ineffective in the running game.

      • TylerMcMullen

        He does make some good points. Although I did say “in my eyes” therefore it’s a simple opinion. Tannehill has taken care of the football in Miami’s wins – something that the others have not done. When Tannehill plays well and takes care of the football – Miami wins. When he does not and plays sloppy – the team loses. He’s slowly maturing before our eyes and I would not be surprised to see him in the running for the award towards the end of the year – by no means am I suggesting that he will win the award – clearly the front runner right now is RG3.

        And Reggie did look good in spurts. When he planted his foot into the ground and went north-south he looked his best. BUT when he tries to go east-west and break the big one, he looks horrible. Clearly the line is not blocking as well as they did to begin the year, AND Reggie is certainly not 100% at the moment. The bye week will serve Bush and numerous others some good. Thanks for the read and the comment, men!

  • Miami Jules

    Both Griffin and Luck were selected with the # 1 and # 2 overal lpicks in the draft, while Tannehill was selected # 8 overall. It was be right down embarrasing for those teams if they were doing any worse…Russell Wilson has been great for Seattle and Miami by virtue of the Pariots defeat. We (The Dolphins) are 3-3 and trending up and winning those close games that have escaped us during the last year and 2 game sduring this season.
    May I remind our friend below that football is stilla team sport and it takes one passer and one receiver to make a completed pass, and becaus it is a team sport, can I also reminnd him that Luck’s team is 2-3, Griffin’s is 3-3 (so are we) and it is little Russel Wilson whose team has a better record but the also have the # 1 defence in the NFL.
    Great post Tyler as “ush”

    • TylerMcMullen

      Tannehill has surprised me – especially with the amount of weapons he has compared to other signal callers. I think only Weeden has less talent around him at the skilled positions – the browns really have NO tight end (except for when Ben Watson actually wants to play which is virtually never lol).

      It’ll be interesting to see how the remaining weeks unfold as the battle for OROY is clearly between the rookie qb’s now – and maybe alfred morris.

      Thanks for the read, comment, and very generous words Mr. Jules – as “ush” LOL.

  • Phin Fan


    You win some … you lose some. The Rams clearly outplayed Miami and of that I have no doubt. Fortunately for the Dolphins but unfortunately for the Rams, the final score is all that matters now. There are obviously many what-ifs, points of contention, and perspectives, concerning the manner in which the game played out. Each team has fans that are very passionate and hate to see someone diminish what their team accomplished, win or lose. Each team has strengths and weaknesses. The Rams put up the stats and moved the ball well but were unable to get into the end zone enough or convert those 3 fields goals (that 66 yards attempt was long enough but a bit left … would have been an amazing historical/game winning kick … Jeff Fisher, I loved the call) while Miami barely put up any stats but was able to score enough to hold on. The NFL is a crazy place and we Miami fans know this too. We Dolphins fans may appear delusional, and maybe we are to certain extent (as are most fans), but after fielding some of the QB’s we have over the last few years (possible exception CP-10), seeing Tannehill have some success, especially with the limited receiving corps we have, is a breath of fresh air and we are excited to see what this kid can do. In any case, both teams have some work to do, albeit one more than the other, over the coming weeks. I, for one and for obviously selfish reasons, will be rooting for the Rams when they play NE and NYJ in the next couple of weeks.

    • TylerMcMullen

      I absolutely agree with everything you said 110% my man! Thanks for the read and the comment man!!!