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.