Nov 11, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (26) runs the ball against the Tennessee Titans in the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
First off I want to wish everyone and their family’s a Happy Holiday and New Year! I know a gift we all want, the Dolphins back into the playoffs. Yeah they have a chance to still make it this year, a %2.3 chance to be exact. But just because it isn’t looking good for the Dolphins does not mean that these next few weeks will be for nothing.
Ryan Tannehill may of had his best game of the year Sunday against the Jags. The Jags may be one of the worst teams in the league but it helped a lot for Tannehills growth and development. He is finally starting to look comfortable in the pocket making passes. or even deciding to run if it is a better option. I’ve been impressed by how he can control the offense and make it work. He has not thrown an interception since beating the Seahawks three weeks ago.
This Sunday, against the Bills Tannehill may have a new target that has yet to suit up this season. That is Micheal Egnew, the forgotten third round pick who has done absolutely nothing all season. Charles Clay was put on IR after the game against the Jags, meaning that the Dolphins are now a Tight End short. This means Egnew should put on the pads this week, but if he does not it is safe to say Egnew will go down as a bust.
Daniel Thomas, another Dolphin that was placed on IR after the game has opened up a spot for Lamar Miller to start to get some carries these last two weeks. If Miller can prove he can be successful as a running back, it is then safe to say Reggie will not be in Miami next year. Miller is just as athletic as Bush but younger, and cheaper.
Another group, who may have been going unnoticed the last couple weeks has been the Miami Offensive line. I can’t think of the last time I have heard any of there names getting dominated for an entire game. They have also been getting better each week, especially Jonathon Martin switching from Right Tackle to Left Tackle. He is slowly getting better and better. This could be bad news for Jake Long, who may be having his worst season in a Dolphin uniform. Martin is cheaper, and even if he is not “Elite” like Long he could be a solid replacement at left tackle.
The Wide Receivers have also been up and down so far this year. Brian Hartline became the 8th Dolphin WR to go over 1,000 yards in a season. But all of the Wide Receivers have had a hard time finding the End Zone all season. No wide receiver has more then 1 TD all season. Fasano has been Tannehill’s favorite target catching five TDs so far in the season at the Tight End position.
This Sunday the Dolphins will play a rematch against the Bills, who they lost to on Thursday night football last month. The Dolphins offense should continue to grow and hopefully we see a few more good things out of this young offense before the season is over!
Sidenote- Even Brandon Fields had a better Quarterback ratting this week then Mark Sanchez. (Fields received a 39.6% rating after throwing one pass out of bounds on a fake field goal Sunday)