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The book on Jake Long after two games

Normally, one does not pay much attention to the offensive line, and much less to an offensive lineman, until there is reason for doing so.

Reason for doing so No. 1: Jake Long was Miami's first pick and the first overall pick of the 2008 draft.

Reason for doing so No. 2: Long is the NFL's highest-paid offensive lineman.

Reason for doing so No. 3: Long was in the Pro Bowl as a rookie.

Reason for doing so No. 4: Long struggled this preseason, hinting at having regressed from his rookie year.

Reason for doing so No. 5: Long was terrible in the regular-season opener, causing some concern and a change in Miami's blocking scheme.

So colleague David J. Neal has become something of a Longaphile in that he's tracking the big man's every snap so far this regular season. And here are the results of that focused microscope:

Long has faced John Abraham and Dwight Freeney the first two games. He was matched up one-on-one with these star defensive ends 43 times.

On those, 28 snaps were mano-a-mano meetings against Abraham and he allowed two sacks and one pressure.

Against Freeney, Long was one-on-one only 15 times, although seven of those came on the Dolphins final drive. Long has had 13 snaps in which he got help from another offensive lineman, with that player almost always being Justin Smiley. Smiley and Long battled Freeney on 11 of those double-team snaps.

That signals a departure from Miami's confidence to leave Long on an island against a defensive end as it did much of the preseason and in the first game against Abraham.

Long also got help from a tight end or a chip block from a back four more times against Freeney.

And how did he do in the game versus Freeney? Freeney had one sack and one hurry.

The DVR also showed that Abraham and Freeney were blocked by a tight end, a running back, or a combo of the two five total times. That blocking scheme, considered less than desirable, was quite efficient. Neither Freeney nor Abraham had a sack or pressure on those five snaps.

Keep in mind that Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said Long looked bad the first couple of snaps of Monday night's game but recovered and then played well after that.

On Sunday Long is expected to be matched against either Shawne Merriman or rookie Larry English. Merriman is questionable with a groin injury but he practiced full on Friday after not working at all on Wednesday and Thursday.

Long's blocking buddy, Smiley, was limited in practice on Thursday and Friday with a shoulder injury. Smiley is listed as questionable.

We'll continue to chart Long on his progress -- or at least David J. will now that I put public pressure on him by saying he would.

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Here's a little more perspective for ya. Everyone banging on Ginn, did you realize he had 11 catches, several that kept drives alive and led to points? Yes, I know everyone is aware and I know that he dropped a td pass that was 5 feet over his head with a db's hand jammed up his shoulder pad. So then why isn't anyone giving crap to Camarillo, Bess, Hartline etc.? How is the fastest guy on our team, who is obviously garnering the most attention on the field, getting open more than guys who are being covered by the other teams 2nd,3rd, and 4th DB'S? Hmmmmmmm, yet not one word about their seeming inability to get any seperation between them and the db's. My point is that this is a TEAM game and you rely on your whole team to win or lose a game. Blaming a couple of players for a loss when the whole team contributed to that loss is incredibly stupid and shows that some people, unless they play or played a team sport, just don't get it. While I'm at it, another incredibly stupid moment award goes to the guy who called Fasano a fumble machine. Go ahead and look up how many times Fasano has fumbled the ball in his NFL career. And while you're at it try to find out where Joey Haynos has been for two weeks because he's certainly not drawing any attention away from Anthony and the rest of the receivers. Team game people!

NYScott.

if you work as a dishwasher in a place no one wait even 2 minutes for you to learn how to clean dishes.let alone waiting for 2 years to do your job as Jack Long while getting paid .another one is fasano " 2FUMBLES "who destroyed the season for all of us .

ps...the only players so far earned their money ....ronnie brown and Ted Ginn .

IN THE USA there are 300 million people live here and some how we get fasano the fumble machine .

THE FINS GO 14-2

YEAH BABY SUPER BOWL BOUND.

okay, so what does all this mean? Is he doing better than other top tier left tackles? Is he merely average? This is a bunch of info that means nothing really until we compare him to other left tackles or compare Long's performance against others who have faced these two elite pass rushers. Thanks for only half the info...

I'm pretty sure Long only gave up one sack to Abraham, not 2. He gave up another one to some no-name D Lineman. But it would be incorrect that he gave up two in 28 snaps. It would be for the entire game.

This is Ginn's season, I think that by game 6 or 7 we will all see how dangerous he really is

Need more info please . YOU also just gave us NOTHING !

Randy S , what the hell difference does it make ? Long still gave up 2 sacks at crucial times.

McBrides in Hoboken?

YEAH WILLIE McBRIDES in HOBOKEN.

I would love to but you bull shi+ too much.

you would leave me hanging.

PLUS the game comes on TV after the jets game.

So I would go if others would or I can watch from home. I don't care.

P.S

NJ, You've been nice after your return from your trip. WHAT's that about? Needed some time away?

Long drools, Matt Ryan rools. Plain & simple, we blew it. What else can anyone say?

Justin , when did i bullsh*T ? I was in tenneessee for the atl game. I have NFL SUNDAY TICKET and i didn't know the game was regular TV. I was going to go there if you were. I'll tell you what. If you want to stay home and save your money for weed ( LOL ! :) , i promise to met you there for the Buffalo game next week . I don't think that game is on regular TV. If you and NJFISHFAN ( if he's real and not the menace ) want to go tommorrow , I'm game.

NJFISHFAN ( if your real ), first get a new screenname. It's to close to mine. :) . ANd yes in hoboken.

cool down boy, i don't give my name for any thing .why don't you change your name little girl ?

You mean NJFishFan ! You wrote in wrong. What an idiot. LMAO !

No word from mando yet about LT's ankle?

NJ

What's up? You guys are going to talk crazy chit all night?

and where is sammo and odinseye?

ace ; do you have a boy friend or girl friend ? not there's any any thing wrong w/that .

I guess the U took a U Turn and didn't show up? All the category 4-5 hurricane talk...hahaha more like the Miami cold fronts.

It's all about the U!

I'm soooooo much better that chad pennington. NOT ! LMAO !

Overrated ! ( clap clap ) Overrrated ! ( clap clap ).

YOU FORGOT MEATBALLS AND 0-2 .FOR SURE OVER RATED.

How the hell is there a NJFISHFAN and me, NJFishfan?.... Can two people have the same name if it had capital letters in different locations? Anyway, I plan on being hungover tomorrow and watching the game from my couch... But I'm always down for Hoboken, so who knows

Now the Defense, I blame some players but mostly coaching for the abortion that's going on that said of the ball as a former LB/DE I can tell you that our Starting LB are no match these elite TEs as in Gonzales, Clark, and coming up Gates each one presents unqiue challage but let's talk about the next one we face Gates this Guy is a big fast WR key word Fast we should use Porter or JT and JAM the shit out of him on the line and then let Smith or Davis pick him up in covrage this TE is fast and can jump so I would perfer Smith he's alot taller the coaching staff should of made this ajustment but have Failed they are in denial thinking our MLB,FS,SS can deal with it in the last two games and two loseses no ajustments, these are coaching issue's most of our guys are very talented just miss useded and miss matched also some of the talent we have on the bench needs to get in the game Wake needs to be in the game More and give JT a rest and it be good for a change of pace how about having all of guy's up front moving around before the snap including MLB,FS,SS, in stead of telegraphing the blitz and coverges because manning eat us up with predictable plays on Defense, Bring in the backups at FS and SS someone has to stepup in those two postions we are getting housed there. these two guys have had to games to step up and have not a change is needed lack of talent for sure. Fin fans don't lose hope but! push for change!!

justin do not hang out with NJ, he loser you have class, justin is class, NJ is a azzzz

NJ SPEAK UP I KNOW U THERE> YOU NO SPEAK OF FASANO, admit it you wrong

Let's talk about Long. Long has not met expectations so far. That is all that can be said.

ALoco and NJ PHIN FAN,

You are both morons. You don't go to the Pro Bowl if you suck. And WHO CARES about the damn preseason!!! Are you kidding me? Freeney was held to 4 assists and he was on the field for 45 minutes Monday night. My point about Long's days at Michigan is that he is as solid as they get and all Dolphins fans don't need to question his ability. He is the last guy we need to worry about. He struggled badly week 1, but name 1 game last year that he struggled like that. You can't. Save your whining for something else you idiots.

If you want something to whine about, lets start with Fasano's fumbles, or the fact that Ted Ginn can't catch a potential TD that Pennington put on his hands, or how we have no playmakers in the passing game, or how if we get behind we will struggle to catch up because of it, or how Gibril Wilson can't tackle. Those are the problems we all need to worry about, not if Jake can block or not. That is like questioning if Ronnie Brown can run.

If Fasano didn't fumble twice we would be 2-0 and we would in a big joy now but thanks to the nj fumble boy Fasano the whole team in a satte of panic .

Spot on Aron .Chad.p gave the dolphins the chance to win in both games .

i dreamed last night BP wil be gone win or lose by end of season .ireland already gone in my book for pat white's pick .the coach no one knows but the odds are the new gm will change and more of the same coming near you .

1- more blog talk and blame games.
2-the cam cameron fans will show up in droves.
3-chad.pennington gone.
4-crowder gone.
5-Armando becomes more of a football mind around the league for predicting all that .

GoPats--

I feel similarly.
Parcells gone.
Ross brings in KC Chiefs foul-up Carl Peterson, who is his friend.
Diminished role for Ireland (or gone, depending).
Alienated Sparano.
Chad Henne does not pan out.
Uncapped year foul-ups galore w/ roster due to Ross being cash poor from down real estate market.

More years of gloom & failure for the Fins.

ED;

when BP came HENNE was there already.why he didn't start him and find out if he's the one in his first year w/fins but no he signed chad from the jets and went 11-5 and it was a mistake re rebuilding like all other teams .THE reason for that i think it was the ex owner wanted to sell and to sell he signed BP to encourage ross to buy so BP has to show improvement which he did .in my mind it's all about biz .PATS ex owner did same thing when he brought BP and the value of the team went way up for that and the team moved from the cellar as the dolphins . most times it's the biz side who directs the management for their DECISIONS .

GoPats is back...spewing the same old negative crap...you've been WRONG all year and continue to be, especially about Parcells who could have left when Ross became owner but didn't...by the way Pats are probaly 1-2 after the Falcons rough them up today...If I were you I would worry about your team more then the Phins...And the Yankees clinch at the Red Sux expense today...It's a good day

And by the way, if you knew anything about the Dolphins you would have known BILL PARCELLS loved Pat White's skills and athleticism and was the one really wanted him as a versatile type player, but you say it was Jeff Ireland who made the pick...that's what I mean by you always being WRONG...no fn clue

Watching that playoff game against the chargers, we had a golden opportunity to go to the sb. We would have faced S.F. and the outcome would have been the same as San dog.To me that was the greatest offense in the history of the NFL.As for today pressure is the key.We can run the ball vs. SD .Keep the streak alive Miami 24 San diego 14

bobbyd12,

1- jeff is gone b/c he's not his own man .he's just a follower.
2- pats will destroy falcons .we have no fasano.
3-all year i said that fin fans are over rating their players.
4-you don't need negative crap.you need real views of your team.
5-ross said " BP loves south florida like all old people " that's a hint for him to retire .

6-the only team who has a player who fumbled the ball twice is your team.
ps....i feel for you

Which is worse:

That the Fins blow, or that the Jets are awesome this year? For crying out loud, they're already up 14-0 on the offensively challenged Titans!

I hate this season already!

bobbyd12,

to give you credit i was wrong about BP staying this year .you are wright.

if fins wins today the sky will rain gold on you for the rest of season.
if you lose the blogs will be on fire .good day to all.

Now the Defense, I blame some players but mostly coaching for the abortion that's going on that said of the ball as a former LB/DE I can tell you that our Starting LB are no match these elite TEs as in Gonzales, Clark, and coming up Gates each one presents unqiue challage but let's talk about the next one we face Gates this Guy is a big fast WR key word Fast we should use Porter or JT and JAM the shit out of him on the line and then let Smith or Davis pick him up in covrage this TE is fast and can jump so I would perfer Smith he's alot taller the coaching staff should of made this ajustment but have Failed they are in denial thinking our MLB,FS,SS can deal with it in the last two games and two loseses no ajustments, these are coaching issue's most of our guys are very talented just miss useded and miss matched also some of the talent we have on the bench needs to get in the game Wake needs to be in the game More and give JT a rest and it be good for a change of pace how about having all of guy's up front moving around before the snap including MLB,FS,SS, in stead of telegraphing the blitz and coverges because manning eat us up with predictable plays on Defense, Bring in the backups at FS and SS someone has to stepup in those two postions we are getting housed there. these two guys have had to games to step up and have not a change is needed lack of talent for sure. Fin fans don't lose hope but! push for change!!

I guess Belicheck is also a follower because he is a disciple of Parcells and uses his philosophy..

AARON , Plesae get a clue , before you open your dunb AZZZZZ mouth.

NJ PHIN FAN,

Lick my nutzzzzzzzzzzz.

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