Naturally, there are other keys the Miami Dolphins can turn that will help lead to victory.
The offensive line has to do its part in creating holes and not getting the quarterback killed.
It be nice if the quarterback who starts the game finishes the game. That doesn’t seem like too much to ask. Tua acknowledges that he has to get the ball out when nothing is there.
The entire team based on their comments and body language at practice love that Tua is back. It appears that Tua is a big leader for them and they’re not just saying that. I love seeing that they genuinely like him and aren’t weirded out by him like we know Russell Wilson weirds out his teammates.
I mentioned it earlier but Jason Sanders is on thin ice with me. I hope he’s on thin ice with the team. He needs to do his job. He needs to be trusted to make FGs over 47 yards. You can’t have Harrison Butker casually making 62-yarders with 8 yards to spare and then have Jason Sanders put a ball into the seats to the right on a 52-yarder. Can’t have it.
I hope Mike McDaniel figured out some new personnel groupings that don’t 100% give away whether or not the Dolphins are running or passing. That would be nice.
I hope Cedric Wilson or some other receiver steps up to be the #3 receiver. The job is there for the taking because Cedric the opposite of an entertainer has four catches for 40 yards this year and is making $7M. Maybe he’s just Will Fuller in disguise.
If nobody is going to do it, get Mike Gesicki more involved. His blocking is suspect at best we know. But the guy makes plays when you target him. Swallow the pill that he is never going to be a solid blocker and use his skills.
Eric Rowe and Elijah Campbell need to be ready to play corner because it looks like it’s going to be another mash unit out there this week. Needham is gone and Keion Crossen might be out. McDaniel said he and Kader Kohou and Crossen have a chance to play this week so I guess that’s encouraging but Rowe and Campbell need to be ready.
They need to be ready because the Steelers’ receiving core is stout. Even the tight end, another PSU grad who I thought was going to be quite good Pat Friermuth, is rock solid. The linebackers need to know where he is at all times, especially in the red zone.
Pray that Terron Armstead plays.
I hope the move of Connor Williams to guard and Michael Dieter to center is being discussed. It can’t get much worse with Liam Eichenberg at guard. Try that plan out and see what happens.
I would love to see Jevon Holland or Tyreek Hill not at punt returner. The Dolphins don’t care about that particular play so why not put Myles Gaskin or even Cedric Wilson there? Give them something to do.
This might be a pivotal moment for Chase Edmonds. He’s making good money, much more than Mostert but he isn’t performing like it and McDaniel is starting to shelve him. Edmonds has a ton of talent but if you’re going to drop the ball, you can’t play. It’s as simple as that. I’m still riding with Edmonds for a bit longer but not too much longer.
Keep feeding Jaylen Waddle. A guy like him takes last week’s performance and turns it into fuel.
I cannot wait to see the throwback jerseys. They are the most beautiful garments in the world and I won’t here any argument on the contrary.
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