4 things we learned in the Miami Dolphins 1st preseason game

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MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – AUGUST 21: Sam Eguavoen #49 of the Miami Dolphins sacks Feleipe Franks #15 of the Atlanta Falcons during a preseason game at Hard Rock Stadium on August 21, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

If I had to count out how many missed tackles the Miami Dolphins committed last night, I’d be on the precipice of a new number that’s higher than infinity.

That heading may be a slight overreaction but if you watched the game you saw play after play where a Miami Dolphin defender whiffed like a boxer trying to hit early Mike Tyson.

A big reason why the quarterbacks did so well was that the Tampa Bay receivers were able to get so many more yards after the catch and extend drives when they should have been punting.

Mr. Preseason, Sam Eguaveon, was Johnny on the spot picking up that fumble that had a very Jason Taylor-like bounce right into his hands where he took it to the house. That was really cool and fun.

Do you know what wasn’t fun? Watching Mr. Preseason miss about 3-4 tackles lead to big gains. That wasn’t fun at all.

He wasn’t alone. Many guys in the secondary had no idea how to wrap up as well.

This is probably a symptom of not being able to hit in practice anymore. Or, because the guys who were out there were mostly backups. But still, your first real chance to lay the wood to another team and you often come up empty is disheartening.

I’m sure Mike McDaniel will make that point of emphasis this week in practice because it needs to be cleaned up.