After taking the bye weekend off by blogging four or five times and writing two columns, it's back to work today for me.
The Dolphins are scheduled back to work Monday also, which I suppose is much more important to you. (I get it).
As the Dolphins return to the practice field, the topic on everyone's mind has to be the New Orleans Saints. And more precisely, the Saints offense. And most precisely, slowing Drew Brees and that scary passing attack.
In this column I wrote while, you know, taking the weekend off, I make the point that Miami's secondary will have a tough assignment this week stopping or even slowing the New Orleans passing game. I mean, did you see what they did to the Giants Sunday?
Read the column for some interesting stats and details about Miami's coming opponent.
More importantly, read the column to find out the reaction of the Miami secondary on matching up with Brees and Co. Hint: They're stoked!
One thing the column does not include is a strategy for slowing the Saints. What? I ain't no coach.
But frankly, I was surprised how little pressure New York was willing to apply on Brees. When their front four didn't get there, the Giants didn't do anything more. They didn't really blitz. I was also surprised the Giants basically sat in zone coverages much of the game.
So Brees was not hurried and his receivers were not challenged and it was not pretty.
Note to Dolphins: Don't do that.
The Dolphins must find a way to put Brees and his back. They must man-up and win some of those mano-a-mano moments against the New Orleans receivers. And, of course, Miami must also hold the ball offensively for 35-38 minutes to limit the Saints' opportunities on offense.
Any other suggestions?