Aug 4, 2013; Canton, OH, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor (left) and quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) and quarterback Pat Devlin (7) in the fourth quarter of the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame game against the Dallas Cowboys at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Facing Short Week, Dolphins Must Adjust Quickly

Following Sunday’s preseason loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the Miami Dolphins must now turn their attention to a Friday night match up with the Jacksonville Jaguars; their second opponent in just six days. That tight turnaround is exactly what Miami needs.

Joe Philbin’s squad has just three practices to address Sunday’s miscues, which include poor run defense from the reserves, multiple giveaways, and a bevy of questions at left tackle. Coaches will be implementing adjustments in a hurry and players will be focused on correcting their mistakes. Don’t put it past Philbin to pepper in extra fundamental drills to patch up the shaky tackling that was on display. A busy week for the aqua and orange will quickly give way to game day, hopefully carrying with it the same level of focus and determination.

Scheme implementation and roster tinkering are main functions of the exhibition season, but so is getting into a rhythm for the regular season. Week-to-week, teams must make adjustments as a result of their previous performance while building a game plan for the next. The starting offense’s opening snaps are case-in-point. Ryan Tannehill needs to keep the team from stumbling out of the gate and put points up early.

Working out the kinks is the name of the game at this point in the season, but that’s not say Miami shouldn’t keep expectations high. A showdown at EverBank Field will provide players the opportunity to prove they are recognizing and improving the parts of their game that need it most.



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  • Tom Gervais Cayley

    We’re fine!!! Just preseason

  • Miami Jules (Julian)

    I was watching Bill Pollian on NFL Live yesterday as he countered other analysts’ claims of Dolphins’ gloom and doom. What Polian was saying is that Miami had accomplished what they set out to do on that 1st game of the preseason which typically are:
    1-Get your players ready to play;
    2-Avoid injuries;
    3-Find additional players.
    I feel VERY good about what I saw from the Dolphins on Sunday… I thought the performance would be even better before kick off but remain quite positive about the season. The questions being raised by fans of the Dolphins indicate that there’s concern in Dolphanland and while I’m not as pessimistic as some of my fellow fans, I have a couple of issues which irk me.
    1-My target of praise during training camp (I attended 3 and the scrimmage) was McNutt, who dramatically unlike practice, showed a case of butterfingeritis, loos like well… he’s McNOT gonna make the team.
    2-The WCO hinges on precision and there was confusion on the part of the Phins offence to say the least.
    3-Left guard, some claim that during the 10 plays or so Martin was in, he did fairly well… I say, Ware was NOT in the game and he’s had a mixed training camp at best. Some say he’ll be alright and while I don’t disagree over the long term, I have questions (not worries at least not yet) about the LT position.
    I feel very excited and stronger about way more than I am concerned about for this season.