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Dolphins defense must prepare for more no-huddle

The Dolphins defense showed itself vulnerable to the no-huddle attack last week.

Defensive players seemed vulnerable in their conditioning because players looked gassed as they stood at the line of scrimmage, mouths agape as they gasped for air, their hands on hips.

They seemed vulnerable in their physical preparation because several players -- including cornerbacks Vontae Davis and Sean Smith -- suffered from cramps. Cramps can be prevented with proper hydration, IVs, even fruit. But you have to have a regimen of hydration for long periods of time to ensure it will work.

And finally, the Dolphins seemed vulnerable in getting players on the field.

I want to deal with the last of those today.

The Patriots no-huddle is interesting in that they run players on and off the field before they snap the ball. Traditional no-huddle attacks try to catch you in one personnel grouping they think they have an advantage in and keep that group on the field to wear you out while pressing that singular advantage.

The Patriots are different. The mix and match group as they run the no-huddle. When they get into a rhythm, it's a stunning thing to see because it happens fast, it's precise, and obviously involves a good amount of forethought.

The Dolphins (and any defense for that matter) hasn't the ability to respond with forethought because coaches cannot count on always guessing correctly what group the Pats will scramble onto the field before they actually do it.

Miami did, nonethelss, try to match New England with its own personnel changes even in no-huddle situations. It didn't work out as well as folks might have wanted. The Dolphins were forced to call time out at least once to collect themselves. They were caught with 12 men on the field once. They were caught not ready for the snap of the football at least once and Tom Brady completed a pass to Deion Branch against Nolan Carroll as a result.

"They caught us a couple of times trying to sub and get matched up," safety Yeremiah Bell said. "Look, they do it to us every year. They get into this every year so we were ready for it. We just didn't handle it as well as we wanted."

The problem is no longer how they handled or failed to handle it last week. The problem becomes w]how the Dolphins handle no-huddle operation in the future -- like, oh, Sunday against the Texans. In the NFL, you see, when a team shows a weakness, opponents pick at that weakness like a scab in ensuing games until someone becomes convinced it has been addressed.

"We know we’re going to see [the no-huddle] week in and week out now," Bell said.

It doesn't matter that the Patriots and the Texans run vastly different offenses -- the Texans a West Coast offense, and New England a more vertical attack. No-huddle is universally available to everyone.

So how do the Dolphins respond? I look for them to adjust on several fronts. I assume they've worked on getting certain groupings on the field faster this week. I assume defensive coaches will try to speed up their decision-making to help get the players on the field faster.

And I know there will be some plays where the Dolphins might just have to line up with what they've got and simply ball. That's what Bell thinks should have happened more often against the Patriots.

"We should have just kept personnel on the field instead of trying to run guys off and on," he said. "Sometimes you just got to roll with it."

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Dear Mr. Salguerero

I think this blog is haunted....please call ghost busters right away....I'll explain later


Soiled :)

Tomorrow will be a really tough, long day for the secondary. Can Smith cover Johnson? Can W.Allen (who hasn't played since 2009) be ready? And Nolan Carroll? And what about the LBs? Oh man, Schaub and their OC must be drooling at these questions.

If we are a better road team then here's a formula that might work against the Texans.

1) Put the team on a plane and fly them around for a few hours.

2) Have the players stay in a hotel and impose a curfew.

3) Plant artificial fans of the opposing team inside and outside of the hotel.

4) To get to the game, pile everyone into a bus and drive them there.

Guaranteed to win on Sunday!

when u run a 3-4 u need 4 lb's that can get after the passer. thats the whole point of a 3-4. if u cant cause confusion at the line u may as well run a 4-3. they rush wake on every play. looks like another long season. at least the offense is getting more agressive. they should b fun 2 watch.

Never be impressed by Yeah! It has to be Armando. Ever see him post anything other than First! ?

We have some statements to make tomorrow!

Henne establishes some consitency.

The D proves last week was a Brady induced FLUKE!

Clay, Gates and Thomas weren't wasted picks.

Prove we've turned the corner and beat the Texans.......AT HOME!!!!

Soiled... I'm not really dead.


I'm living happily in Argentina...

I play cards with Jim Baker, Kenneth Lay,
and Bruce Willis every Tuesday.
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Never be impressed by Yeah! It has to be Armando. Ever see him post anything other than First! ?

Posted by: j | September 17, 2011 at 02:05 PM


Not going to be first if you get too long-winded!

Good point Mr. Montana, but I mean a follow-up post

First of all, just because Nolan Carroll's mother is the lieutenant governor of the state of Florida, shouldn't mean he should be entitled to a roster spot on this team. He can't cover anybody. Second, the Dolphins defense is big, strong but slow. We are not accustomed to this in Dade county. We like speed on defense. So, the problem is Jeff Ireland. He brings in these big oversized players with no speed. There, I said it!

Good point Mr. Montana, but I mean a follow-up post

Posted by: j | September 17, 2011 at 02:31 PM


What follow-up post? By then "yeah" is exhausted, bored with the whole thing, and anxious to find something else to do, needing to re-charge batteries!

Now I get it. Being First! IS hard work... LoL. Gracias Tony Mountain

Dear Mr. Salguero

Are the Miami Dolphins considered a dramady TV show ?

In last weeks episode of the Miami Dolphins
Coach Sparano failed to have the team ready for a nationaly televised game.

Players got cramped and vomitted while coach's pointed fingers at each other.

When the opposing team ran there hurry up offense the Dolphins looked like the Keystone cops trying to get the right personel on the field before the snap....I never laughed and cried as hard as I did during that show

What kind of crazy antic's do you think coach and company will have instore for us on this weeks episode of the Miami Dolphins ?


The Miami Dolphins....must see TV ?


Soiled :)

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For those of you that have to live stream the games, you can link your computer to your TV's through the Aux/Video channel(you may need a HDMI adapter/connector, they are relatively inexpensive).

As long as you have a good stream it works awesome.

Hope this helps!

Having said all that..............Anybody have a link for the game? PLEASE, somebody post a link............(JKing ;)

johnson could have 250 yards on us

The Gators look like they want to implode for Tenn.

Belecheck played hockey. He had a set number of plays and they ran them. They didn't need a huddle. Run 3 fresh guys in, sprint down the field and burn out the corners. Repeat and repeat. And then start running the Tight ends down the field. Repeat all 3 and soon you have a bunch of tired, confused upset defenders. The Phins coaches should have switched to a 4-3 with an occasional blitzer. That keeps the tight ends occupied and gives the corners a chance. The game I saw with 3 lineman attacking 4 or 5 o linemen was simply retarded.
Sparano should have seen this and adjusted the d for the second half. Why is it that TS never adjusts his game plan in the second half? Why is it that Bellicheck always changes his second half game?

The answer is the TS it Bellichecks dancing monkey. Bellicheck comes out starts his grinder and TS runs up and down the sideline screaming and yelling, getting all emotional, over Tds. Reality is the Bellicheck acts and Tony reacts. The only original play, by TS was the Wildcat. And that is gone Tony SO WAKEY WAKEY.

Tony has enough on his plate adjusting his waistband.

Let Nolan make the defensive adjustments. He tried something different and Brady and Bellicheat made him pay. Big deal, they do it to everybody.

Whip the defenders into better shape and get em next time.

NEXT!!!!

But we done told ya that Internet belongs to the highly educated. Armando recognizes that. Sheeezzzz

actually, the dolphins should run there own no-huddle as a counter-attack. notice in the last minutes of the patriots game the new england defense was equally gassed while miami was in the hurry-up offense. miami should have done this earlier. on crucial back-to-back possessions in the third quarter, miami went three and out after defensive stops. this further contributed to the cramping problem. miami tried to run the ball, and conventional wisdom would say do this, and eat some time off of the clock. the problem was, the running game was not working. so, if houston runs no-huddle, return the favor and outscore them.

Me checking LV odds, occassionally. Hmm.,

Wes gonna have whole lots of fun this Year(if we win tomorrow).

Wus

No huddle is nothing new. I'm surprised if NE was subing the refs didn't give us time to sub as well. I thought that was a rule. The ref stands over the ball until subs are done on the defense as well. I guess with the pats they never call anything. Go Phins!!

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What does Virtual Space have to do with Real Space. Nothing.

Oak over Buff

Det over KC

Cleve over Indy

Jac over NYJ

Sea over Pitt

Tenn over Balt

Cinci over Den

Mia over Hou

SD over NE

I got a pocket full of money, who wants to place some bets?

Virtual Space is a reflection of Real Space.

I'll bet you the fins are in last place in the AFC east after all the games are done.

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It's a BET-FOOL! The phins are going to WIN!

After we win I'm going to copy/paste your post! Then.......I'm going to laugh in your FACE!

Ha!!!!

Coach Tony Sparano told the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Friday that Reggie Bush‘s 75 snaps in Monday’s loss to the Pats won’t work long-term for the diminutive back with an injury history.

“I have to do a little better job of play counts of a few guys during the course of the game,” Sparano said.

INTERESTING! Armando omitted the comments of the first sentence, but included the second in it's entirety. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..................

Anybody care to translate, Heh, Heh?

You will lose. I guarantee it.

They will probably come out running the ball with Arian trying to wear us down with an occassional down the field pass. Makes sense.

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I would say more an off-shoot, Thelonious.


You will lose. I guarantee it.

Posted by: Thelonius | September 17, 2011 at 06:27 PM


HEY? Wait a minute.................



Coach Tony Sparano told the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Friday that Reggie Bush‘s 75 snaps in Monday’s loss to the Pats won’t work long-term for the diminutive back with an injury history.

“I have to do a little better job of play counts of a few guys during the course of the game,” Sparano said.

INTERESTING! Armando omitted the comments of the first sentence, but included the second in it's entirety. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..................

Anybody care to translate, Heh, Heh?



Coach Tony Sparano told the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Friday that Reggie Bush‘s 75 snaps in Monday’s loss to the Pats won’t work long-term for the diminutive back with an injury history.

“I have to do a little better job of play counts of a few guys during the course of the game,” Sparano said.

INTERESTING! Armando omitted the comments of the first sentence, but included the second in it's entirety. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..................

Anybody care to translate, Heh, Heh?



Coach Tony Sparano told the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Friday that Reggie Bush‘s 75 snaps in Monday’s loss to the Pats won’t work long-term for the diminutive back with an injury history.

“I have to do a little better job of play counts of a few guys during the course of the game,” Sparano said.

INTERESTING! Armando omitted the comments of the first sentence, but included the second in it's entirety. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..................

Anybody care to translate, Heh, Heh?

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How should we come out? Firing on all cylinders, you know, what we saw the other night, I mean...

Daboll blew his whole wad on the first drive.

Houston is NOT NE, Thelonious. By the way, you sound like you want us to lose. Any $ in it for you?


Coach Tony Sparano told the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Friday that Reggie Bush‘s 75 snaps in Monday’s loss to the Pats won’t work long-term for the diminutive back with an injury history.

“I have to do a little better job of play counts of a few guys during the course of the game,” Sparano said.

INTERESTING! Armando omitted the comments of the first sentence, but included the second in it's entirety. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..................

Anybody care to translate, Heh, Heh?


I don't bet on things out of my control.

Do you disagree? The first drive was the best drive, then we sputtered. I want us to win the division, unfortunately I believe that will take a new HC.

Oh, I get it, you want to get rid of Tony. Well....that's out of your control, also.

Who cares? We're screwed!!!!!

Is it Thelonius or Thelonious? That is important in Internet.

Also, may I ask, what's in your control?

Walk with Me and I will Take Care of You ;)

Funny........I don't FEEL screwed..........

(not even a kiss? SHEESH!)

Deciding when to get my hair cut is in my control. Picking a shirt to wear too. Couple other things.

It is in my control to have an End of the Season Bonfire Party tonight!

Starts at dusk!

Free admission for those with two or more women and a bottle of something GOOD!

Be there or Beware!!!!

I thought tonight's dinner was in my control, but now that is in someone else's control.

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