As it is said, a win is a win and you take it. This game had so many intangibles it is hard to list them all.
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The most important factor is keeping in the race by improving the record. The lifer and diehard Miami Dolphins fans had to have been feeling this one. There was many highs and lows to tug at the old heartstrings and a whole lot of luck to come away with a win.
Ryan Tannehill’s first pass of the game gets intercepted by former Dolphins player Jamar Taylor.
Dolphins get on the board first with this TD strike to DeVante Parker.
The Browns 4 man rush was enough to disrupt Ryan Tannehill’s pass taking about 3 seconds. This play looks to be maybe too intricate considering the situation at hand (slow to develop)
Final play of the first half Jarvis Landry noticeably upset from Kenny Stills not tossing the ball back to him.
Browns coach Hue Jackson looks to be proficient with how he carried himself and his team into this game. He was without his top QB, WR, and CB among other key players, also a late scratch was his kicker. Newly signed Cleveland kicker Parkey would miss two FGs as well as a potential game winning 46 yard FG as time ran out in regulation play.
What Jackson did with so little to work with is admirable. He utilized his best option left in WR/QB Terrelle Pryor as both his best threat down the field receiving and as QB in situations were a run would be advantageous.
Ja’Wuan James was responsible for a strip sack on Ryan Tannehill were he let pressure brake down the pocket on more than one play. The resulting turnover as time was almost depleted in regulation set up The Browns for a potential game wining FG that was missed. The other earlier play resulted in an interception pick six. James was replaced by Billy Turner late in the game on the OT winning drive.
If Turner was to stay in this role he could potentially help the run game with better run blocking. There has been no word from the Dolphins on if this would be the case moving forward. Coach Gase has said all along that the offensive line is a work in progress and that changes would be made during the season. These occasions must be what he had in mind.
Jarvis Landry catching a very nice pass from a tight window while in double coverage He also makes a nice cutback to get himself clear for the score. Landry also plays Donkey Kong on the goal post after the TD of 32 yards
Damien Williams with the catch, turn, and then extension into the end zone for the score.
The Browns 4 man rush gets to Ryan Tannehill again, this time in just over 2 seconds. Luckily the resulting turn over lead to a Browns missed FG, their third on the day.
This play to Jarvis Landry would set up the game winning score
TE MarQueis Gray makes a great block to help spring Jay Ajayi for the winning TD in OT
Running backs Damien Williams and Isaiah Pead missed a meeting prior to the Patriots game and were made inactive as a disciplinary result. However these actions have ramifications, same as the game before with Ajayi under the same circumstance. The ramifications with the Ajayi circumstance was the overuse of Foster who is still sidelined. However the Williams / Pead situation had a silver lining by seeing what Kenyan Drake has to offer.
This last game Vs the Browns showed what Gase wanted to do all along with the running backs by rotating them all. However one thing was left out and that was to find and stay with the hot back. Kenyan Drake showed some flash the previous game and was utilized early. After Drake carried a pile of Browns defenders with him picking up a short yardage first down it should have been evident he was the hot back.
The timing of not staying with the hot back this game is highly questionable. The importance of coming away with a win far outweighs experimenting with the backs in what amounts to an in-game audition.
One thing that showed brightly was the use of a jumbo package by bringing in an extra offensive lineman. This is monumental to see results in short yardage or goal line situations. You see many good teams throughout the league implement this tactic mainly the Patriots.
• Center Anthony Steen went down in the game, giving way for Dolphins veteran Kraig Urbik to serve as center. It is not known if Steen will be able to return for the next game.
• TE Cameron left the game in 1st Q with concussion and has been ruled out for the next game. This sets up Dion Sims and MarQueis Gray for increased roles.
• There were 16 players on Mondays injury report, although no practice was held this day it is mandated for teams to have a mock report with the short week from having to play Thursday night.
• Browns win toss, elect to kick in OT the Dolphins failed to score however Matt Darr kicks a 47-yard punt out-of-bounds at the 9. Darr is Gase’s saving grace.
• All kickoffs into the endzone have been downed: punt returns seemed to be lacking as well sans one crucial punt return by Jarvis Landry who gained about 15 yards in OT.
• Dolphins had given up 400 yards by the 2 min warning. Which goes hand in hand being dead last in run stopping.
There were moments when it looked like Dolphins would take charge but it would waiver to just the opposite. A real roller coaster of a game. It is hard to paint this game in a good light until they can grab the reins and hold them longer.
What has been atypical with the Dolphins for so long is that there is so many moving parts that are the hindrance of this team. Most will gravitate toward one factor or player and not see all the intangibles.