The last words of last night’s stunning Dolphins win were “Andy Dalton goes down in a wake” by broadcaster Brad Nessler. He was of course referring to Miami’s star DE Cameron Wake who sacked Bengal QB Andy Dalton in their own end zone for the game winning safety. The Dolphins were able to overcome poor tackling and countless suspicious penalties to keep their playoff hopes alive.
In my opinion, the game ball should go to both Brent Grimes and Cameron Wake. Grimes not only had a game-changing 92 yard pick 6, but also made multiple tackles that prevented big plays. As for Wake, he showed the league why he deserves his title as one of the best pass rushers in the game, preventing what could have been the 4th Miami blown lead in the past 4 games.
While I am just as relieved as the next fan to see this 4 game slide broken, these next 10 days are extremely vital to the rest of Miami’s season. While OC Mike Sherman did a much better job calling this game, he still had moments that left me with my mouth open in disbelief. Miami has to do a better job converting on third down, as they were stopped short more than once on crucial 3rd and short situations, with the most important being on the drive before the game winning sack. This is up to Sherman. He has to come up with a couple plays that pick up short yardage situations. I sure miss Lousaka Polite at this point. Cameron Wake may have just saved Mike Sherman’s job, but only if Sherman can right the ship and get this Dolphin offense clicking again. Miami’s failure to play a good second half on offense almost cost them their 5th loss in a row.
As for the defense, what a game! Four turnovers, 1 pick six, a game winning safety all coming from a defense that spent the majority of the game on the field. Hats off to this defense. However, one glaring problem that rears it’s ugly head week in and week out is Miami’s inability to get off the field, especially on 3rd and long. Attention Kevin Coyle, THIS MUST BE FIXED IMMEDIATELY! That being said, there is no doubt this Dolphin defense won the game and way to go Brent Grimes and Cameron Wake!
This win is long overdue for this organization and I noticed a very important statistic that is never counted or shows up in any record book. Our Miami Dolphins overcame tremendous adversity and won a game with their backs against the wall more than once. And to that I say,