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Dolphins have to pick up pace to keep up with Pats

I've been dropping hints here and there that earlier this camp the pace of the Dolphins practice, particularly in their offensive drills, was not exactly fast.

It has improved. And last week coach Tony Sparano talked about how things have sped up and how one practice finished 10 minutes ahead of schedule. That's good ....

... but not good enough.

Now that the Dolphins have apparently picked up the practice pace, I implore them (yes, I know you coach types read this drivel) to go faster still. Like really, really, really fast.


Because speed is a wonderful weapon when found in the legs of a player. And t is also a mighty weapon when used by an entire offensive unit against an unprepared or slightly off-kilter defense. A quick pace puts the defense on its heels. A quick pace works against a defender's head as well as his body.

A fast-paced offense (run a play, get back in the huddle, jog out of the huddle, ID the mike, and GO!) dictates to the defense. The last few years, I've heard too many Dolphins coaches and players talk about "taking what the defense gives us."

Good offenses take what all they can. All of it. Even some stuff the defense doesn't really wish to surrender -- such as the pace of the game.

Take last night's Patriots versus Bucs preseason game in Tampa, won handily by New England 31-14. It was a classic case of an offense simply out-pacing the defense. New England's pace was so good, the Bucs couldn't get lined up.

"A lot of times we’d get the call but we couldn’t get lined up," Tampa Bay defensive lineman Gerald McCoy said. "They were moving the ball so fast. Now we have to learn to recognize formations to attack quicker. Tempo. That's why I love our head coach so much. He made things more difficult for us tonight on purpose. He did. That’s how you learn.

"(DE Adrian) Clayborn came to me and was like, ‘Oh my god, it was so fast!’ I said, ‘I know! That’s what I’ve been trying to tell you!’ It was a reality check, we needed that.

"Man, I’m telling you man, they came out, they’d turn around huddle, snap, oh, 'There’s the Mike, Go!' I was like, ‘Dang! Um, Mr. Brady, can we line up?’ He didn’t care. He was like, ‘You’re not going to line up.’ When we turned around one time I checked back around and my hand was going to the grass and they were like, ‘Hut!’ And I said, ‘Noooooooooooo!’"


I want that for the Dolphins. The Dolphins should want that for the Dolphins.

I recognize the Dolphins are installing a new offense. I recognize they do not have Tom Brady at quarterback. I get all that.

But I also understand the Dolphins will be on the same field versus Tom Brady and the Patriots in the regular-season opener. And if they're going to keep up, they have to get an offense going that can, well, keep up.

So I'm simply saying that means putting the defense back on its heels. That's one way to seize the initiative. We shall see tonight against the Carolina Panthers if the Dolphins are closer to picking up the pace. One expects it should be better than last week against Atlanta when Miami didn't really look good enough versus the Falcons' starting D.

The Panthers should be another story. Better be another story.


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Interesting comments about blitz Brady vs. cover. If you blitz and not hit Brady in the mouth, you'll lose. Hit him in the mouth not once but several times and he gets pissed and loses it. I've seen it happen before.

The thing is, you have to be playing NE pretty close and be able to put points on the board to take advantage of his 'temporary insanity'....LOL

cocoajoe | August 19, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Thinking 07 S.B. when the G-Men socked him in the mouth good and the accuracy went in the tank, good point and we have a front 7 that can apply the pressure and better DB`s than the ones that 07 Giants squad had remember Gabril Wilson started at FS for that Giants team.

Where is Gerbel Wilson/


1. You, nor anyone else, know if Moore can do better than Henne. Please don't pretend to know. Henne, with his offseason efforts, got the right to be listed #1. That doesn't mean he should keep it if he doesn't earn it.

And to further the point, we sure as heck won't know if Moore can do better if he never gets a chance. We can't just take your word fdor it or do you know something no one else does?

Sparano's comments about Moore's practice seem to have more to do with protecting Henne's psyche & confidence than it has to do with Moore's performance.

2ndly, You can't just start the season with a Qb who is struggling & say there is no competition for his job. What message does that send to other players? I can stink & keep my job too?

An open minded coach wants to win more than prove they didn't screw up drafting Henne. That's what it seems like they are dead set on doing.

If he struggles tonight & Moore doesn't get a chance, it's pretty obvious. If they were concerned about wins, they'd let the Qb's compete & let the best man win.





Joe Schmoe, one guy who's really catching on is Roberto Wallace...Hartline better start putting up some numbers...Wallace is getting better by the minute...

I actually like Hartline. Has the dropsies occasionally but he actually does get open deep quite a bit.

Henne needs to hit those big plays more often, it will really take the pressure off the him & the entire offense.

Keep Drinking The Kool Aid...Armando...Dolphins Keep Pace With The NE Pats...Yea Right...Regular Season Opener figures to be first disaster of many this season...2012...Morono Gone....Ireland Follows Suit....Chad 'I Will Never Be Ready For Prime Time' Gone...Maybe A BackUp in Lets Say...Dallas...Miami Dolphins 3rd best teams in the AFC East...Defense Will Keep Us In Games...Pop Gun/Conservative Offense..Will Lose Them...Shall we say 8-8...give or take 2 wins in either column....


If you can get to brady you beat NE. they know that. thats why they have there bank book on the O line. If we find a way to get to brady we might be able to keep it to a 2 or three touchdown loss instead of a blowout

It does not matter what we(Dolphins) do this year we(Dolphins) WILL NOT BEAT THE PAT'S. The main reason will be the QB's play. If you just take a look around the league EVERY team that is a contender has a GOOD/GREAT QB; Tom Brady, Aaron Rogers, Joe Flacco, Peyton Manning, Ben Roth.., Michael Vick, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, Mark Sanchez and our Dolphins just a AVERAGE QB.

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