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Fall in for the fallout from the Buffalo victory

The picture said it all. While a cluster of reporters gathered around Dolphins rookie receiver Brian Hartline Sunday afternoon, Ted Ginn dressed quickly and quietly a couple of locker stalls over.

Hartline, rewarded with extra snaps for his recent play, was talking about his first professional TD grab and what he'll do with the football.

"It kind of felt like a little bit of a load off my back," Hartline said of the score. "You kind of feel like you belong a little more, and again, I'm eager to get the ball rolling again and hopefully there is more to come."

Ginn, meanwhile, spoke with a reporter about trying to continue improving even as his playing time is diminishing. Although Ginn started the game as he usually does, his snaps were cut considerably after an inconsistent performance the first three games. He finished this game with one reception for four yards.

"That was just a rotation, to be honest with you," coach Tony Sparano said. "We were going to rotate those guys around a little bit. Teddy's [snaps] in the last couple of weeks have been really high. We thought maybe keeping Teddy a little bit pressured, getting those guys in and out of there, trying to even the numbers a little bit, might create a little more energy at go-to time or any of those situations."

I have no real idea what that means in English. Or Spanish. Or Italian. But in coaching, I think it means Ginn is looking at fewer snaps because Hartline produced. And Ginn has not.

"I will have to look at the film to see how that panned out," Sparano said in fluent Swahili. "There were a couple of situations in man-to-man that we did not win out there. I've got to take a look at that, we've got to be be able to do those things."

Full disclosure: Sparano did not really speak in Swahili. But it's late and I felt like writing that to celebrate a victory, so whatever. It's my blog, I can write whatever I want.

Speaking of which, last week I laid out how poorly cornerback Will Allen played at San Diego. Sunday he played very well. As Howard Cosell would say, we just call 'em as we see 'em. This week we see 'em with a thumbs up for Allen, who had two interceptions.

"On the first one, he ran a good route, but I made a good break on the ball," Allen said in English. "I saw the ball and made a play on it. It was pretty much the same thing for the second one.

"It's the best performance [the defense] put out this year. We had one bad drive where they took the ball down and they scored. Other than that, I felt that it was our most complete effort."

As I point out in my column in Monday's Herald, that effort came without Chad Pennington or Joey Porter. That's not too shabby considering the team's two MVPs from a year ago didn't play for the Dolphins.

Rookie Cameron Wake filled the Porter void quite nicely, thanks. He only had three sacks in his second NFL game.

"I have been waiting a long time," Wake said of that first sack. "This is a long road to finally get there and get my fist sack in the NFL. It was tough at times, but finally to get out there and get it done and at the same time get a win, you can't ask for much more."

Actually, you can Cameron. You can ask for more playing time.

The Miami coaching staff has been trying to improve Wake's run-stopping so that he can be in the game on more snaps. That remains a work in progress in that regard.

Note to the coaching staff from the dorky journalist: Wake seems to be a sack machine in the NFL, also. Get him snaps in passing situations and let somebody else play the early downs -- which is more or less what happened Sunday with Charlie Anderson.

The Dolphins finished the game with six sacks. That's good.

The Dolphins also gave up six sacks. That's bad.

A couple of those sacks were, no-doubt, a combination of coverage sacks mixed in with a young QB holding the ball a bit too long. Miami's young QB, Chad Henne, also had three fumbles. He's got to hold the ball higher when he's in the pocket, particularly with the hard-charging Jets coming up next.

But Henne played well enough to win. That's the bottom line with a quarterback. He wasn't spectacular, but the Dolphins won.

That got him lots of praise in the Miami locker room.

"I loved his look during the game," Sparano said. "It was tremendous. Really communicated clearly, very well on the sideline, very good with receivers, excellent with [QB coach] David Lee. I thought he had a good grasp of what they were doing to him, which is all positive. There are a lot of things that Chad has to learn on that film, a couple of things we'll need to clean up, for sure, but for the most part I was pleased with what he did today."

Some Bills also tipped their helmets to Henne. Not linebacker Nic Harris.

"He's just another guy," Harris said. "He's another quarterback. Another guy we have to face week in and a week out."

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