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Live blog here to celebrate season ticket milestone

The Dolphins tonight celebrate their most important preseason game of 2010 and already they have good news on the horizon: The team will soon announce that it has surpassed the 50,000 season-ticket mark for the first time in the Bill Parcells era and the first time since 2007.

Although the club has not yet made it official, I'm told by several sources there is a sense of pride at the fact the local fans have seen fit to invest in season-tickets at a rate not seen in several years despite the tough economic times that plagues the nation and South Florida.

There is much work to do, however, for the Dolphins business side. While there has been a steady increase in the sale of tickets since they fell off the table following Nick Saban's departure, 50,000 to ,51,000 is not the goal. The club would like to be closer to 2006 levels and be in the 60,000s season tickets sold.

One supposes the success the team will have this year will go far toward determining that.

To that end, I present to you tonight's game.

Things to look for:

The secondary: Um, they've been pretty bad this preseason and now they're facing the best quarterback (Matt Ryan) they've seen so far and for a much longer period of time. The expectation is the Ryan will go at least one half tonight as will Miami's starting DBs.

[Update: Jason Allen is slated to start ahead of Sean Smith at RCB. Smith has been on notice all preseason that his job is at stake. Count this another strongly worded message that he needs to pull up and play better or he'll find himself coming off the bench when the season begins.]

To blitz or not to blitz: I've shared with you what the Dolphins' defense is going to be this year in previous posts. Attacking is the operative word. But this preseason the Dolphins have shown no blitzes with their first-team defense. Do they unwrap some of that package tonight? I do not know. But I'll be watching with interest to see how effetive Koa Misi and Jared Odrick can be when three or four of their teammates are also trying to bust down the offensive line wall along with them.

No injuries, please: That is a key goal. The coaching staff hasn't babied this team, but it has been cautious to avoid the physical, emotional, and psychological distress that a season-ending or other signifcant injury can have upon a team. Today the St. Louis Rams are sick at the loss of receiver Donnie Avery for the season. Teams that come out the third preseason game relatively healthy usually go into the regular season that way because the final preseason game is usually a passing excersize on the field. If Miami can escape this contest unscathed, that will bode wll for the opener.

Last minute news: Will Allen and Nate Garner are the only scratches for the Dolphins. That is interesting because it suggests Channing Crowder is dressed ... but he will not start. Tim Dobbins is starting for Crowder tonight. Jake Grove is starting at center.

So meet me at kickoff in the comments section for the live blog. It should be a hoot. 

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Dansby does best job on Gonzalez

Cameron Wake only defender currently providing rush pressure.

Is this a contract year for Jason Allen?

Is Olivadotti coaching the D

Secondary

Carroll's always a step late in njckel coverage

nice coverage by Dansby. now we're talking. he needs to be nastier.

Randy starks looks a bit hesitant, or is that just me being too critical

So much for special teams improvement!!! Wow

Crap job J Allen....

Absolutely ZERO pressure and Jason Allen simply isn't good enough to be a starting NFL cornerback.

Two previous coaches knew that already. We knew that already.

Not a big surprise, J. allen beat bad!!too easy

Looks likre Sean Smith needs to come back in next defensive series.

Was that on Jason Allen I'd think he should have had help from Clemons but IDK....

Jason Allen was 2 steps too slow in getting to his man. How many chances is he gonna get?

Ahh ... a linebacker who can cover! Yes!

StartSeanSmithnow.com

Hate to say it but secondary has not improved from last year

Where the hell was the fs Clemons?

Matt Ryan is conducting a symphony.

Where's Sean Smith? Jason Allen getting beat gives me flashbacks!

The Phins offense has to step up this year becuase their is no pass defense for this team.

If the safety was supposed to be over there can't put it all on Allen

Whites thier top wr so fs should have rotated over the top.

we are not doing any blitzing what so ever...this is not how our D will look come game one.... everyone relax

Test

Allen played outside becuz he was supposed to have help inside

Two ways to look at it:

a) by showing absolutely nothing creative on defense, Mike Nolan is simultaneously hiding his cards while toughening his guys up by making them rush the passer in the most elementary ways possible.

b) our pass rush is shaky at best.

(hopin' for a)

No coach with a last name ending in a vowel with EVER be fired. LOL

This secondary must improve. It really stinks. What blizts packages were still playing vanilla

Your right bobbyd12. I think Clemons blew it.

Relax...RELAX

also, Nolan Carroll has won the kickoff return job. let's be serious.

Get Rid Of That #19 jersey

i like carroll he has the look like he can take it all the way at any time

our defense is shaky. I don't buy it that we're not showing anything. Maybe we're not blitzing because our secondary is terrible

yes.....carroll is in no way a puss like Teddy sidelines ginn

was allen supposed to get FS help? or just expected it when he was not supposed to get it.

Everytime u think jason allen is getting it he gets burn.

I would say if Allen was supposed to have inside help, then something is definitely wrong because Vontae also playing that technique and Clemons went to that side.

Carroll's always a step late in nickel coverage.

Secondary Still Stinks. Release Jason Allen. Quickky!

Just so you know, i don't hate the dolphins.
I'm just taking out my frustrations on them.
You see, i have no testies, so my estrogen levels are out of this world, and i have heavy flow 24/7..
Test is actually short for "testieless"

excuse me while i whine about good plays and fondle my moobs (that's man boobs, for those of you who are unenlightened)

Sincerely,
Testie-less moob-grabbing skirt

wonder if smith sluggish play has anything to do with the whopper w/ cheese meal i saw him eating at burger king the other day????? eat right buddy. if he stays disciplined and had better work ethic he could blossom into one of the best corners in the league

Mando, you cant tell me sean smith is worse than jason allen, is that what the Dolphins think or this just the Fins being the Fins

ricky needs to bounce it outside more

O-line?

Armando, couldnt it of been a mental error by clemons? cycling to help vontae when he should have helped allen? Wouldnt it make sense that roddy white have double coverage?

Well, that was blitz

Dolphins defense isn't blitzing but Falcons definitely are.

ricky didn't go far, fire him

Blitz

Fire the entire offensive line, including jake long, he sucks
also fire henne, he fell like a girl.

fire sparano now

does anyone need a link to watch the game?
http://www.firstrow.net/sports/american-football.html

ricky missed a block also just now

I just don't think this team looks as good as it should. they have all the pieces and they aren't using them.

THROW THE BALL!! this isn't a real game, we need to work on chemistry with henne and receivers.

hahaha @ test

Like to see some type of pressure on ryan, giving him time is not a good idea!!

Friend, you cannot have BOTH CBs giving up the inside because there is only 1 FS and he cannot cover both areas while the SS covers the TE.

Well guys, u gotta first trust your corners to blitz!

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