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How could anyone throw for 517 yards vs. Dolphins?

Tom Brady passed for 517 yards against the Dolphins. It is the MOST passing yards the Dolphins have allowed in one game in franchise history, blowing away the 479 yards Ken O'Brien threw for in 1986.

But rather than simply blame the cornerbacks (who were to blame for much of it), one must take a wider view of the debacle situation.

The Dolphins got hardly any pressure on Brady. He was not touched the first quarter. Touched only a couple of times late in the second quarter. Ultimately he was sacked only once. That played a role.

Then there was New England's use of the no-huddle. It took a deep, palpable toll on the Dolphins. On one play, the Miami defense was simply catching its breath and Brady snapped the ball and completed a 9-yard pass to Deion Branch while the unprepared Miami defense chased him.

"When guys come to the line of scrimmage you have got to be ready to play. Period," Kevin Burnett said.

Coach Tony Sparano says the Dolphins knew the Pats would use the no-huddle.

"I mean, we practicied it a ton," he said. "I mean, something we prepared for. I mean, we do it ourselves. We practiced it a bunch, practiced it all week."

Can you imagine if it had taken the Dolphins by surprise? Wow!

Cornerback Benny Sapp was overmatched against bigger, stronger New England tight ends. So was Sean Smith. So was Nolan Carroll. Both Smith and Vontae Davis began to cramp in the fourth quarter. That thrust Carroll into the game for Davis, a moment he was not prepared for because Brady targetted him as if he had a bullseye hanging on his shirt.

Smith's cramp was obvious when he struggled to touch down Aaron Hernandez at the goal line after giving up a 30-yard completion.

"Stats and all that doesn't really matter, doesn't really tell what happened on the field," cornerback Sean Smith said. "We definitely need to go back and watch the film and see what went wrong."

What went wrong was, well, a lot. The Dolphins corners struggled and didn't get a ton of help from safeties, either.

"We just made a lot of mistakes," Reshad Jones said, "and they capitalized on our mistakes."

This was Jones' first start as the winner of the preseason free safety competition with Chris Clemons. Wouldn't be surprised if that competition continues in practice this week.

The Dolphins cut Will Allen on the last cuts. I also wouldn't be surprised if they bring him back because Sapp didn't look quite physical enough to deal with the bigger players and Carroll seemed unable to stick anyone.

 

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4th and goal from the 1/2 yard line and we can't run it in behind the best LT in the league? We have Mr. 'No Touch'Henne to throw a fade to Hartline? And not Marshall? Befuddled, dazed and confused.

While conditioning was the big factor in the loss, I still would be curious to know how teams with Mike Nolan as DC or head coach have fared against Belichick's Patriots.

this defense cant stop the 2 te offense and will be a long season if they dont figure out who to stop that , now its on film and every opponent will see that and use that until miami stops it.


I have never read so many F'n whining comments -- in week one nor less!!!
WTF is wrong with you losers? The D sucked -- duh. They're better and will play better, no doubt. Even with sucking that bad the Fins were goin toe to toe with the Pats. Punch it in on 4th and half a yard and we're down by 7 with a ton of time left. Gotta have that one because it turned into a 14 pt swing when Welker went 99 (UGH!) That and settling for a FG when we got to the 2 (?). That's an 18 point swing.
OK, the sky is not falling. Henne looked poised and confident. Not only did he throw for 400 + he ran for prob 50 or so. The guy looked good tonight. Anyone who says otherwise is either a liar or just stupid. Fix the problems and move forward. But all of you haters, STFU huh. No one needs your negativity.

Posted by: NewEnglandFinFan | September 12, 2011 at 11:52 PM

Nice post, but unfortunately you're wasting your time here. The majority of Mando's fan base is to ignorant to objectively view a sunrise-LOL, let alone an NFL football game.

Q: Each game only counts as one, but when you're to stupid to count to one, what can you do?

A: Post dumbstuff at Dolphin In Depth.........sad but true ;)


Why is it stll the same ole story. Really hard to be a phins phan when for the past 27 years it has been about taking a back seat to another team in this division. If Dan and Don couldn't get it done, how is it that Tony and Chad can?I understand that we lost to a better team, but when will this suffering end?

Last year's Dolphin's 3rd rated defense was based on least amount of "yards" given up. They were an "average" deffense in points allowed which should be the REAL determination for how good a deffense is. TODAY, they gave up points and yards....

I stated 6-10. Think I was optamistic.

Last disturbing observation, NOLAN makes no adjustments at half time. He isn't the great deffensive mind some people believe. The Broncos fired him for a reason.

NEXT week,,,,an even BETTER offense in the Texans. They will smoke miami's candy @aa deffense.

We start the season 1-4!!!! finsih 6-10 and 5 non-televised games.

This simple fact is: Bellicheat and Brady game planned the shyt out of us.

With the short off season/non-conditioning programs and players struggling league wide with endurance and stamina, Bellicheat and Brady EXPLOITED it.

I hate to give them any credit or praise, but they won this one on intelligence alone-ALMOST. Brady's record setting performance didn't hurt. However, it was the product of an awesome game plan. The no huddle.

Just for the record though, all you retards that said we shouldn't give Henne a third season to develop are just that-RETARDS-LOL!

Despite the the common knowledge of three yeas being pretty much the norm for NFL quarterbacks, most of you dolts would have brought in Steve Grogan to play QB for us this year. To all of you I say: EAT ME and don't skip your side of Crow.

emotions are running high....for all of espn's talk about the patriots, this should be been a 7 point game with 7 minutes to go...pretty amazing considering how many yards were given up...after next week we can give a better assessment as to how good or bad the defense is.

The D was an embarrassment... Cam Wake looked like he belonged back I the CFL and our secondary was BRUTAL.... No wrapping up on tackles and we can't defend our house? WTFudgesticks! We use to never lose in September now we are a joke! our defense does not have the BALLS to be dominant this year and tightends will eat us up all year! Maybe we can draft heart with the first pick in next years draft? That is what our defense needs!

The one absolutely glaring thing about the Dolphins tonight was how poorly conditioned and ill-prepared they seemed to be. They were gassed in the second half, The Patriots were running rings around them. Just a disgraceful sight; one thing about old Coach Shula's teams was that they opened the season ready to go. these guys were wilting out there. Likewise, the inability to convert short yardage/goal line plays, no push at all. Embarrassing to witness, just a pathetic display that falls squarely on the coaching staff.

This simple fact is: Bellicheat and Brady game planned the shyt out of us.

With the short off season/non-conditioning programs and players struggling league wide with endurance and stamina, Bellicheat and Brady EXPLOITED it.


Posted by: odinseye | September 13, 2011 at 12:43 AM


Well, uh, yeah, Maybe we need a smarter coach that can do the same.

Tony Sparano couldn't outsmart a hamster. That is painfully obvious.

Is this 2004 all over again when the owner convinces the HC that he will be canned at the end of the season and ends up resigning at the bye week? Obviously Ross was ready to make a change. Tonight's loss couldn't have helped. There were mistakes tonight and they are correctable, but will the "win the crowd" in time? Not sure.

Nevertheless, winning has a thousands fathers and failure is an orphan. I feel bad for Sparano tonight because he is an orphan.

I wonder how many blow-outs it will take for the rest of the coolaid drinkers to realize this is going to be a loosing team.

They were an "average" deffense last year....giving up 20+ point a game. Forget the yardage factor that ranked them as the 6th best deffense.

We saw how easy it is going to be to score on them this year.

Texans, Chargers, Jets, Eagles...let the bloodbath begin..LOL

brilliant cutting Will Allen and stating Carrol had a great camp. Sporano is a moron!!!!!!!!!!

Reggie Bush -- our only RB...oh, and Henne our new RB, LOL.

The Dolphins got hardly any pressure on Brady. They weren't much better against the run.

How often were NE in third and long?

if there is any consolation, orton looks terrible tonight


The players are not the problem.

Bring in a coach.

dr. roberts, it helps when one has tom brady to execute the game plan


Nevertheless, winning has a thousands fathers and failure is an orphan. I feel bad for Sparano tonight because he is an orphan.

Posted by: Sandoval | September 13, 2011 at 12:50 AM


Nice quote. Kennedy opened his press conference with this two days after the Bay of Pigs fiasco. I think he used the word defeat instesd of failure though.

Anyways, NICE!

a blind man could have passed for 500 yards against Miami's deffense tonight.

I think they challenged three passes all game long. The rest of the incompletions were just bad throws by brady.

On the bright side, we could have lost by 60 points. It wasn't that close.

4th and 1/2 yard and Sparano has no confidence to run it behind the beast Long? A fade to...Hartline? Puhlease

I've seen Henne throw the fade successfully um...approximately...zero times now. Yeah, lets do that.

Davon Woodstrock,

The one absolutely glaring thing about the Dolphins tonight was how poorly conditioned and ill-prepared they seemed to be.

Luckily for us we didn't play Sunday at 1pm.


This had nothing to do with "conditioning." You guys are just parroting the stupid crap Gruden said.

Posted by: dr. roberts | September 13, 2011 at 12:54 AM

The dummys are catching up from the last blog......ALREADY-LOL.

Yeah, you know so much more than Gruden right? You don't have to nimwit, all you had to do was watch the game. Our guys were so gassed they couldn't even line up before thesnap. Hands on hips, hufing and puffing, DUH! But it had nothing to do with cnditioning? Alrighty then...............

Bellicheat realized it and game planned for it brilliantly. I hate Bellichea just as much as I hate the two trolls here.


Do you think the Patriots would have used the no-huddle offense on Sunday at 13:00 hrs with over 95°F plus humidity? Me neither.

Thanks Ross, you're such a businessman! Greet Gloria, Mark and JLo for me.

henne frustrated jaworski so much, he cursed on air

do the schedule makers hate the dolphins?


Do you think the Patriots would have used the no-huddle offense on Sunday at 13:00 hrs with over 95°F plus humidity? Me neither.

Thanks Ross, you're such a businessman! Greet Gloria, Mark and JLo for me.

Posted by: Lutz Alexander Keferstein | September 13, 2011 at 01:01 AM


NICE!

The game was disappointing on too many levels, coaching, conditioning, tackling, covering the TE's, our terrible running game, ect. Henne is the kind of QB that will always look great for a series or two and then totally disappear. Call me a troll if you want, but Henne is the absolute worst in the red zone, and we can't blame Henning anymore for that.


henne frustrated jaworski so much, he cursed on air

Posted by: austin | September 13, 2011 at 01:01 AM


I know man, you could tell Jaws was jealous of Henne. Green with envy he was ;)

seriously, i think jaws sees something in henne....

it sure seems to me that ronnie brown could have helped tonight


The game was disappointing on too many levels, coaching, conditioning, tackling, covering the TE's, our terrible running game, ect. Henne is the kind of QB that will always look great for a series or two and then totally disappear. Call me a troll if you want, but Henne is the absolute worst in the red zone, and we can't blame Henning anymore for that.

Posted by: DevilsAdvocate | September 13, 2011 at 01:05 AM


Right, no blocking, no run game yet he kept us in the game against a defense that lost two games all of last year. 24 points in his FIRST game in this NEW non Henning offense-400 plus yards.

Some disappearing act there huh?

No disrespect, but ah, Get the fvck out of here with the dumb stuff!

INTERESTING GAME OBSERVATIONS:

1. Henne really is much improved.

2. Henne still cant throw a endzone fade pass to save his live. He still doesnt have confidence in Marshall in a jump ball situation either. We'll be unstoppable on 3rd downs and redzone situations when he learns both.

3. Bellichick may have finally found the 3-4 defense's kryptonite. Its called the hurry-up spread offense. Remember what Buc players said during preseason: "Mr Brady will you at least give us chance to get lined up".

4. Longtime 3-4 defensive desciple and guru has went to the 4-3 defense. Wonder why? It's in anticipation after seeing the success he'll have against 3-4 defenses with the hurry-up spread offenses other OC's will copy.

He see's the 4-3 defense with lighter faster player will be more conditioned to play against the hurry-up spread than thier bigger, stronger slower predecessors in the 3-4 defense. Bellichick's already ahead of the coming curve.

Guys it may have been more of the bigger slower 3-4 defenders are less conditioned for the style of offensive attack Bellichick now employs. He really exploited our defensive size tonight and made it work against us.

Now he's ahead of the curve he see's the league will resort to defending it himself by going to the 4-3 defense this year.

Now all we need is a true 4-3 middle linebacker, move Wake back to DE, and get a true 4-3 DE on the other side of Wake.

How ironic Parcells comes in and changes us to a 3-4 defense and now Bellichick the ultimate 3-4 defensive genius and Parcells disciple is now going to force the league to make the 3-4 defense obsolete.

Bellichick has already made the 3-4 defense obsolete in New England hasnt he?

“They didn’t do anything we didn’t see on tape,” linebacker Kevin Burnett said.

WTF???!!!

Imagine if there had been a blackout on the film watching day.

Will Allen would have made zero difference tonight. He may have been an even greater liability considering he already had lingering health issues. It wopuld have been even more exposed in a game like tonight.

I am hoping for 1-15 season so hopefully we get a real coaching team, GM, and Andrew Lock!

Kingsmith,

This game wasnt just a wake call for Carroll and Sapp. Its a wake call for every nfl defense in the league. The Pats will be going no huddle spread the entire game for the entire season.

I think 4-3 defenses with the lighter faster personel will be more physically fit to handle it. It seems to be total kryptonite for the bigger slower 3-4 defensive personel.

Have you wondered why Bellichick himself has all of a sudden crossed over to the 4-3 defense this years after years of being the 3-4 d guru?

Well you saw the answer tonight.

odinseye

Enjoy the loss as much as you can. I can't. The team was embarrassed three times in a row now by the same division rival. Not to mention 1-8 at home now over the last nine games. Time for some shuteye.

Yeah, Ronni would have helped tonight... yet he would have helpd the patriots. Bush is way better. Ricky... HE MIGHT have helped at the 1 yard line. Twice.

MIGHT have helped.

Yet it is not a matter of thinking about that which might have been.

If I had started seeing Football during the SB of the 1985 season instead of the 82 one, I might have supoorted the Patriots instead of the Dolphins. See? Thinking of tha which might have been is just a consolation psychological process.

If Henne continues to improve at this rate, the QB position could be the least of our worries.

If you look back into the pre season he has started to show consistency. I'm sure Dabolls offense has a lot to do with it, but I don't care, Henne looks like he's getting "IT"!

You can call me a Henne Homer if you want, but a few more games like this and suddenly people are whispering words like Franchise and Elite!

As a season ticket holder and a fan, I must say that what I saw from our defense tonight was despicable. Simply inexcusable. I saw Sean Smith hobbling right before Brady threw that 30-yd pass to Hernandez. Why Smith didn't take himself out of the game is beyond me. Watch the film and notice how Smith just gave up on that play. He simply couldn't run fast enough.

Also notice how Smith has a tendency of getting creamed on long plays, in practice as well as in games. Brady had so much time to throw back there, that sometimes I would ask myself whether the play had been blown dead or not. It's incredible. Never seen anything like this.

Even when they had the ball on our 1 yard line, we couldn't come up with a blitz to make Brady flinch.

You tell me guys, Odinseye in particular, is that acceptable?

The only, I repeat, ONLY bright spot was Henne, and the fact that he seems to be on the same page as Marshall, Bess and Hartline.

One of the most frustrating nights at SunLife Stadium; but then again, not really. We're just picking up where left off last year at home.

Dtr Roberts is absolutely correct. The conditioning of the defense wasnt a factor. The scheme(no-huddle spread) was the schjeming ploy used to wear down the defense and cause miscommunications and not allow defensive substitutions.

We werent outconditioned we were outschemed. That on the coaches not players.

Cutting Will Allen looks unbelievably retarded after that game. Nolan Carroll and Benny Sapp are not good. Will Allen is good.

Please, I turn the sound off so I have no idea "what Gruden said". It was blatantly obvious how gassed the Dolphins were in the second half, especially the defense. Obviously the Pats took full advantage of that and simply ran right past them while they gasped and wheezed and perspired. It was a pitiful display, just embarrassing to watch. It was also impossible not to notice, I mean Brady had time to write his memoirs while the defense was basically jogging in place and flailing helplessly. At one point it looked like our CB's were going to cry. Just sad to witness and even sadder to know this season's going nowhere too.

I like the Daboll hire. Still I would have loved to see Cowher brought in this offseason becuase obviously Sparano is overmatched when it comes to Bellichick in the division.

We may never beat the Pats again as long as Sparano is our HC. Bellichick owns Sparano. I believe Cowher would have changed that. Lord have mercy please no one say Gruden would have too. LOL...

DBs we aint got Nooooo DB's pass rush WF pass rush

WTF!

Even Rex Ryan is a far more formiddable opponent against Bellichick than Sparano.

"Given last year’s shortcomings, the ability to put up 24 points in the season opener (with three receivers pulling down passes of 25 yards or more) could be a nice sign of things to come."

Yeah, and giving 517 yards to Baby-face and 189 yards and 3 TD's to TE's and a 99 yard pass to a player we had and traded (for who? Are they still here?) could be a nice sign of the nightmare to come.

...Time to pay the piper. To the omnipotent A.P.. You told me, but I wouldn't listen. Over and over"The Phins have no chance" I ignored your insight and warnings, and stupidly went ahead and decided to root for a group of talentless chucklheads led by an imposter pizza cook. Never again will I challenge your authority on this subject as obviously I am clueless.

The game tonight was a golden shower on our hopes and dreams. Hopefully Tom Brady will let our corner backs carry his luggage to his hotel room and give him a foot massage while reading him a bedtime story..This may help them feel better after the way he treated them tonight.

I will end this post by giving you all the props, and glory a winner deserves, While I soak up the humiliation of this beatdown..You were right..I was wrong, and boy do I suck right now.

We knew who they were and we let them walk all over us What a sorry excuse for a D!


Meanwhiloe, Jeff Fisher will wind up someplace likje the Giants anmd collect rings while you scratch your head.

Posted by: dr. roberts | September 13, 2011 at 01:12 AM

Sorry if I upset you but I don't want Gruden here either. If it was between Fisher and Gruden, I'm pretty sure I'd prefer Fisher.

Above I was just speaking to the point of conditioning. Whether you like Gruden or not, he was right, our defense was embarrassingly GASSED!

Rob Oc,

Already grilled Aloco on the Nolan firing. He lobbied for him as hc this off season and was the greatest voice to fire him tonight! LOL...

NHFINFAN and Odin, amen and I couldn't have said it better.

odin,

Thje torrid pace of the Pats offense would have gassed any defense tonight. The entire league is now on notice. Hope they take more heed than our coaching staff did.

Tampa Bay during thier preseason loss told the entire league of what was to come. Our coaching staff didnt heed. It wasnt our conditioning it was the pace of the Pats new-fangled offense that will gas a lot of defenses this year.

Then remember I told you so! LOL...

Kingsmith,

This game wasnt just a wake call for Carroll and Sapp. Its a wake call for every nfl defense in the league. The Pats will be going no huddle spread the entire game for the entire season.

I think 4-3 defenses with the lighter faster personel will be more physically fit to handle it. It seems to be total kryptonite for the bigger slower 3-4 defensive personel.

Have you wondered why Bellichick himself has all of a sudden crossed over to the 4-3 defense this years after years of being the 3-4 d guru?

Well you saw the answer tonight.

Posted by: DyingBreed | September 13, 2011 at 01:13 AM


Amazing insight... I was thinking exactly the same thing myself! These things go in cycles.

Revenge is best served on a cold, frozen field somewhere in New England in December 2011 by some very cold mammels! SPelling check mate!!!


odinseye

Enjoy the loss as much as you can. I can't. The team was embarrassed three times in a row now by the same division rival. Not to mention 1-8 at home now over the last nine games. Time for some shuteye.

Posted by: DevilsAdvocate | September 13, 2011 at 01:14 AM


I don't enjoy any loss-PERIOD.

The biggest question mark we've had on this team has been the quarterback position. It is arguably the most important position on the team.

Whether you want to admit it or not, Henne has started to show a lot of things this year so far. Tonight was inspiring-PERIOD!

I don't know if you're still holding a grudge because of the beatdown he put on Te-Joke back in college or what, but it's pretty obvious Henne has made some big strides in a short time under Daboll.

PS: Like I've been saying for thre years: Thank God Dan "The QB Killer" HenningS is GONE!!!!

NTERESTING GAME OBSERVATIONS:

1. Henne really is much improved.

2. Henne still cant throw a endzone fade pass to save his live. He still doesnt have confidence in Marshall in a jump ball situation either. We'll be unstoppable on 3rd downs and redzone situations when he learns both.

3. Bellichick may have finally found the 3-4 defense's kryptonite. Its called the hurry-up spread offense. Remember what Buc players said during preseason: "Mr Brady will you at least give us chance to get lined up".

4. Longtime 3-4 defensive desciple and guru has went to the 4-3 defense. Wonder why? It's in anticipation after seeing the success he'll have against 3-4 defenses with the hurry-up spread offenses other OC's will copy.

He see's the 4-3 defense with lighter faster player will be more conditioned to play against the hurry-up spread than thier bigger, stronger slower predecessors in the 3-4 defense. Bellichick's already ahead of the coming curve.

Guys it may have been more of the bigger slower 3-4 defenders are less conditioned for the style of offensive attack Bellichick now employs. He really exploited our defensive size tonight and made it work against us.

Now he's ahead of the curve he see's the league will resort to defending it himself by going to the 4-3 defense this year.

Now all we need is a true 4-3 middle linebacker, move Wake back to DE, and get a true 4-3 DE on the other side of Wake.

How ironic Parcells comes in and changes us to a 3-4 defense and now Bellichick the ultimate 3-4 defensive genius and Parcells disciple is now going to force the league to make the 3-4 defense obsolete.

Bellichick has already made the 3-4 defense obsolete in New England hasnt he?

Posted by: DyingBreed | September 13, 2011 at 01:11 AM

100% correct! I came to the same conclusion. That's why the Steelers also have matchup nightmares with the Patsies!

odin,

why do you think 3-4 defensive guru Bill Bellichick himself has suddenly switched to the faster smaller 4-3 defense?

Your only mammoths defensively are the 2 DT's. The rest of the personel is faster smaller and making them better physically fit to handle the rigors of his new style offense.

The rest of the league will be copy catting his offense soon. The 3-4 defense will become a thing of the past. That's why Bellichick the former 3-4 d guru has already placed it on the shelf.

Its a good thing we sat our starters last week in the 4th pre season game. They didn't need the practice right?

I'm convinced that was an Ireland decision.

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