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Dolphins concerned about their second-half D

The Dolphins defense has been solid, even borderline dominant, during the first half of games this season. That, obviously has a lot to do with preparation and being motivated to get started quickly. It's good stuff.

But the same defense, the same group of guys playing basically the same style, have been on their heels a lot in the second half of games.

The Colts scored 14 of their 27 points in the second half, all in the fourth quarter.

The Chargers scored  20 of their 23 points in the second half, including 13 in the fourth quarter.

 The Saints scored 36 points in the second half against Miami, with 22 of those coming in the fourth quarter.

The Jets on Sunday scored 22 of their 25 points in the second half.

The Dolphins this season have given up 17 points in the first quarter, 38 points in the second quarter, 43 points in the third quarter and 79 points in the fourth quarter.

Today I asked coach Tony Sparano why?

"I don't have an answer for you, Armando," he responded. "But it has been addressed. Our players are very aware. I wouldn't call it the last half. I would call it the fourth quarterish. But in those fourth quarters, we've obviously given up some scores and some drives in those situations. so we're aware of it.

"I'm not sure that a large of it doesn't have to do with what's going on the other side, too, the people you're playing and those guys starting to figure out what you're doing and start to settle themselves in a little bit, too."

I know many of you contend the Dolphins are nursing leads in the second half of some games and have become more conservative in those games. But Sparano says that isn't true. He contends the Dolphins are blitzing and pressing as much later in games as earlier.

"We're doing the same thing. Really are," Sparano said. "We're applying pressure, we're not changing our mind set. That's something I feel strongly about, that [defensive coordinator] Paul [Pasqualoni] feels strongly about -- that we do have to continue our pressure there. But the results have been what it is. We have to change it. We have to change it. And the only way you can change it is you have to identify there's a problem back there."

So how do the Dolphins solve the problem? Well, realizing that it exists is a good first step.

"You can go and wear these big goggles right now and think because you won a football the other day, there's no problem," Sparano said. "The good news is we won a football game and we did finish the game. But that being said, We identified clearly that one of those situations that have to be taken care of."

So what is the next step?

"Only way you can do that is through practice," the coach said. "We have to finish in practice and carry that over into the game. We made a small positive this week in that in the New Orleans game, as a team, we did not finish the ballgame. But this weekened the defense was out there that final drive and we forced them into fourth and whatever it was and made the play. That's a postive step and an important step on our part."

INJURY REPORT: Linebacker Channing Crowder, who missed last week's game with a shoulder injury, was back at practice today but was limited. Jason Ferguson (elbow) was also limited in practice.

REPORTER-PLAYER EXCHANGE OF THE DAY:

Reporter: "Which runback was better, Ted?"

Ted Ginn Jr.: "Both of them."

Reporter: "Both of them were better?"

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They should be concerned!

They should be f'n concerned !

I don't buy that the "Do the same things". The New Orleans game being the perfect example. In the first half, as the announcers pointed out, there was a ton of movement on the defensive front. In the 2nd half, there was MUCH less!

Damnit Jersey!

LOL ! I also put the the blame on coaching. all through the 2nd half of the jets game it was pointed out how snchez had to much time and miami wasn't blitzing enough. I was screaming in agreement.

we will lose this next game am i right or wrong
42-17 sorry

New England is better

Reminds me of the Phins of the early 2000s...

That's because the coaching staff hasn't inserted the secret "Dolphins in Depth Blog" defensive package. Yeremiah Bell at MILB, Vontae Davis at SS, Paul Solai at CB, and for good measure having Tony Sparano returning punts.

WE MUST GIVE OUR STUDS OMEGA 3 FOOD BEFORE THE START OF SECOND HALF.

TUNA
NUTS
PAN CACKES
ALMOND
BEER
STEAKS
BROOCLI
SOLE
BLUE FISH AND NO HOT DOGS LIKE DIRTY SANCHEZ .

GO FINS EAT AND EAT SOME MORE .

What's BROOCLI? Is vodka on the list?

That's it , mark found the winning formula.

hahahha, seriously NJ, some of these guys are just off the wall.

TED GINN WAS RIGHT,HE MEANT BOTH OF THEM ARE GOOD .THE REPORTER SEEMS UNHAPPY THAT TED HAD A GREAT DAY .
OK REPORTER,IF SOME ASKED YOU WHO'S YOU LOVE MORE OF YOUR TWO KIDS ,WHAT YOUR ANSWER BE ?

I AM SURE IT WILL BE LIKE THAT ....
(I LOVE BOTH THE SAME ) .IT'S A CORRECT ANSWER MR REPORTER .

D-fan you are wrong and a misguided soul

Mark, the sumo at cb??? unstoppable!!!

I LOVE IT WHEN CARLITO'S LOVE FOR HIS FINS OVER COME HIS DEEP FEAR AND RESPECT OF OUR AND HIS DADDY TOM BRADY .

D-fan has no clue and should go ti nj to cheer for sumo rexia .

I never fear NE or Brady. Dolphins have better record against pats than most team and we always play them tough, whether we good or bad. I also never fear Aloco sign in as D-fan.

Jason Taylor is the Papa of Tom Brady. I smell shredded beef for your honey brady this weekend Aloco.

I've read many rediculous comments on here however this bunch takes the cake.

Phins 27
Patsies 24

Nice Teddy. Bug I must contend the 2nd was better. It was just plain sick.

I think that these coaches might be overthinking at the half...if ur losing u make adjustments to try to fix the problem...it seems like were winning and our coaches are attempting to make adjustments on what the other team MIGHT do...keep doing what were doing in the first half that is successful

I think vs. the Jets in the second half this defense was very tired after score 3 touchdowns so quick. The defense was on the field for the whole second half.

Carlito, could you imagine the press with the Sumo at corner? If he gets his hands on the receiver, he will push him into the end zone.

Neil , first learn how to spell Rediculous ( ridiculous ) . Then look up the word SARCASM. : ) UN-F'n-Believable !

Look, anyone who watched the 2007 Super Bowl saw the blueprint on how to beat the Pats.

1. You have to have 2 to 3 good pass rushers. Dolphins have that in Taylor, Porter, Wake, Starks et all

2. You have to pressure up the middle. Look at the game Justin Tuck had in the Super Bowl using stunts to confuse the Patriot offensive line.

3. You have to score almost 30 points at least. You can slow the Pats down, you won't stop them.

Mind you I don't think the Pats OL is as good as it was in 2007. Matt Light is out, I think.

I agree with CARLITO after being on the field for 3 straight drives it would be hard to stay fresh.

But after saying that.That's why they get those FAT checks.

SUCK IT UP AND MAKE A PLAY.

The Fins defense needs football's version of viagra. Those dudes are old and it shows as their old bodies wear down as the game goes on.

Sparano should just play the young guys more in the first half. That way the old guys will still be able to play in the fourth quarter.

Mark , and you HAVE to run the ball !

Armando,

Nice to see you address the defensive issues. We can all agree that NO and the Colts both out played us in the second half. I'm not sure what Sporano means regarding "we're working on it"? Diversity is the key to defensive play. If they've figured out the defense by the 3rd, shouldn't we pressure the qb with blitzes, similar to what the Jets did to our offensive line?

Up until this past week, there has been little pressure applied by the d. Except stark, where's talor and porter? It's tough to pressure Brady, but last year we got to him in the (I believe) first game?

DOLPHINS WIN 31 TO 28

NJ were you at the game?

They do not put pressure on the other teams QB in the second half at all. the first half is where 90% of the sacks come from because there is constant pressure on the QB. then in the second half they let the other teams QB sit in the pocket & pick apart the secondary, thats how the games are getting away from them in the forth quarter. A 4man front on third down aint going to get it done.

OH YEAH REMEMBER PEOPLE THIS IS ONLY YEAR 2

They definetely need a more effective pass rush in the 2nd half. I am hoping that Matt Roth continues to get more snaps in Jason Taylor's place so that in the 2nd half in obvious passing situations Taylor will be fresher. That could change ball games. A fresh Jason Taylor at the end of games would be a huge help.

WHAT'S UP MARK ?YOU DON'T LIKE BROCCLI ?
BTW..YOUR FIRST NAME IS MARK AS DIRTY MARK SANCHEZ.HA HAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

NJ, definitely have to keep your defense fresh by running the ball but at some point they also have to make big plays. Like I said, they have to put up 30 points to have a chance. Unfair to ask the defense to keep that offense under 30 points.

That being said, I think Miami can run the ball effectively and for big plays. New England is only average stopping the run, Miami has the edge there.

And Tommya, this defense is not old, only older in spots. Davis, Smith, Wilson, Clemons, Culver, Starks, Langford, Solai, Merling, Crowder, Roth are all very young. Now, they do have some older guys in Porter, Taylor, and Ferguson. It's a good mix in age. No need for that to be a concern.

Beyond the statistics, IMO in the first half the defense played well and we don't have the sensibility to figure out what to expect for the second half thus make not adjustments, or we had to make the adjust but simply not have the personnel or being afraid to start a rookie (Clemons for Wilson). So IMO why not make 2 different defensive game plans to solvent the same problem in different ways? one for the fist half and another for the second in the case the defense played well in the first half.

Armando, since your the only voice we the fans can get to the coach, please tell him PLEASE ARE SEASON RIDES ON THIS!!!!! In 3rd, and 4rth and long situations on defense, tell them that a great man who is a dolphins fan, not only see's the game, but deffinatly could come up with much better plays on both sides of the ball, that on defense you have to put Taylor, and Wake with a 5 man rush, on the outside, with Starks, Solia, and Mcdaniels, that combo will do us WONDERS FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, JUST TRY IT!! OK TRUST ME!!!! After it works, then i will give the phins more positive plays for both sides of the ball, and here is a GENIOUS IDEA! On kick offs, boot the ball 20 yards ahead, and as high as Carpenter can kick it!!! put Ginn, Hartline, and Haynos, Smith, in the middle to come down with the ball. YOU WILL THANK ME FOR GREAT FIELD POSITION.

NJ,HI MY BROTHER .HOW'S GYM BUSINESS ?

Hahaha, Champ!

Can you put BROOCLI in vodka? If you can. I'll eat it.

I started seriously watching football in the mid 80s so if anyone shares my name it's Mark Duper and Mark Clayton!

Since miami didn't get the missing piece in chris chambers , i think miami should go after Edgerrin james. He's the missing link for a miami dolphins super bowl victory. :)

if we give every defense man 10 slashes at half time it might works .

Can you believe Edge and Ricky came out the same year? Man, I guess those years Ricky spent off in the mountains of tibet and in tents in Australia smoking the mean green did the knees some good.

NJ, I hear the Dolphins are going to bring in former Miami legends Bennie Blades and Dwayne Johnson to help their defense in the second half.

EVERY TIME I READ MARK'S LOSTS I FEEL HE'S A BODY BUILDER . I WISH HE GET TOGETHER W/NJ AND COMPARE NOTES WHO'S HAVING BIGGER TEETH .

POSTS NOT LOSTS

MARK,
BLADES IS NAME FOR GANG MEMBER NOT A COACH

2009-11-04 17:48:01 -0500

TIME FOR MY MEAT SUB .KILLER DOLPHINS REMIND ME OF THE MOVIE ( THE JERK ).
I see u still love having me in you mouth when your not up Bradys Ass Monkey.

Our offense can't stay on the field, so our defense gets tired. Porter and Taylor have had to come out for 5 minute stretches just to get some rest.

Maybe if we didn't call 6 straight passes in the 4th quarter of the NO game the D would have had something left in the tank.

When a team is down going into the second half (=they pass more. The pass is killing the Fins.

RUN THE BALL when your up

I traveled to the future and happen to know that we somehow win this weekend against the Pats. 31-21. I'm not allowed to bet on things I learned from traveling to the future, but you are! So if you are the lucky enough fellow to be reading this comment, go bet on the game now! If you need more details, here you go: Henne will be the hero, throwing for 3 TD's and over 300 yards. Also Jason Taylor will have 2.5 sacks, and Wake gets back into it with a huge sack forcing a fumble. Porter and Soliai get 1 sack apiece as well. No picks unfortunately, however we do shut down Brady and Moss quite nicely.

One last note on the game, don't be scared when you see what happens at the beginning. Basically the Pats come out hot, and take a 14-0 lead. But thats when Henne starts doing his thing, and we score 28 un-answered points after that, before the Pats finally get a lucky TD towards the end.

Don't believe me if you don't want to. I'm just telling you what I already know to be true.

Go Dolphins. F' the Patriots.

yeeeeeeeeeeees,the K.diolphins in the house calling carlito monkey.the jerk never learns .

Everybody wants to blame the offense for the defensive struggles in the second half. If I remember correctly, the defensive was only on the field a total of 15 minutes the entire game against the colts and managed to give the game away. The truth in the problem is there has been no pressure on the QB and our secondary can't cover any tight end. We made Keller look like tony Gonzalez.

why is it that we don't use Wake?

The saints were putting 8 and 9 guys in the box to stop the run in the second half and our recivers couldn't get open against the saints. If we had any recivers we win the saints game no problem.

AC,

Pretty sure he no calling me monkey, I did not write this post he talking about.

killerdolphins is disgrace to dolphin nation .he's a fat donkey .

Thanks for addressing this troublesome issue Armando.

I think the fins will do well offensively this Sunday against a vulnerable NE defense, but until the defense comes up big against a team that isn't the Bills I'll remain sceptical, though hopeful.

On an unrelated note, did anyone see the Dolphins cameo appearance on last week's South Park? It was pretty amusing.

You are such a loser you lipstick wearing Ass Monkey you know who you are keep writing about me it will be my pleasure to dog you for the next two weeks!!!

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