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Rewinding the game: Dolphins versus Tampa Bay

I watched the Dolphins 20-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a second time today. Miami still loses. Imagine that. And while there were some good points the Dolphins will probably emphasize for public consumption, there was also a troubling theme to this game:

Nobody that the Dolphins are counting on this year made a big play.

"Look, we’re looking for guys who can make great plays," coach Joe Philbin said after the game. "Whether it’s impact plays, whether it be third down, whether it be a defensive end beating an offensive tackle, sacking a quarterback, a receiver beating a corner in a one-on-one match up, a running back eluding a tackle and making a play, those types of things.

"I don’t think we had enough of them. Tampa Bay had more of it."

Some proof of that?

The startingdefense gave up a 92-yard drive to Tampa Bay's second-team quarterback Dan Orlovsky. That's a long way to go without a play being made. The starting offense didn't score.

Chad Johnson, who is supposed to deliver big plays this season, dropped the only pass thrown his way and the painful thing is it came on third down.

Even Ryan Tannehill, who was among the best Miami players in the game, had Marlon Moore open in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter and he hurried his pass and skipped it just ahead of Moore instead of delivering on target.

"I had Marlon on a great route, my eyes got big and didn’t set my feet (and) threw the ball into the ground," Tannehill said. "That’s one I’d like to have back. He ran a great route, was wide open. There’s no reason I shouldn’t get him the ball there and score a touchdown. I was really upset with that one there. I just got a little antsy and threw the ball in the dirt. You’ve got to score. To win games, you’ve got to put points on the board. It doesn’t matter how many yards you throw for, what your completion percentage is. You’ve got to score points. (I) definitely want to work on that and finishing drives in the red zone next week.”

Some other notes from the game rewind: 

Rookie RT Jonathan Martin: He played every snap into the third quarter. He didn't give up a sack. But he did pick up two false start penalties. He also yielded a quarterback pressure.

Fourth down inside the 5 yard line: Tampa Bay had it once in that situation and converted. Miami had it once in that situation and a Ryan Tannehill pass to Charles Clay was tipped away incomplete.

Kick return: Marcus Thigpen has to be kicking himself (pardon the pun) because he was supposed to get a lot of work returning kicks. But he was injured and did not play. So Lamar Miller and Rishard Matthews got the work instead. And while Miller didn't impress, Matthews was very good. Matthews had a 45-yard return that opened some eyes. Miller, a source tells me, needs to practice better. He's kind of just going along instead of attacking each practice session. He kind of played that way Friday.

Special teams note 1: Dan Carpenter only missed five field goal attempts last year. He missed two Friday night.

Special teams note 2: Jason Trusnick was Johnny on the spot when he recovered a muffed punt. Good work.

The line of scrimmage battle: it was won by Tampa Bay on both sides of the ball. The Dolphins created zero quarterback pressure. They had no sacks. Tampa Bay only had one sack but there was pressure. That's one reason Maat Moore had a couple of passes deflected at the line of scrimmage. As for run blocking? Pat Devlin was Miami's leading rusher on the night. Enough said. On the other hand, the Miami defense lost contain a couple of times. On one, LaGarrette Blount gained 16 yards on a run wide left when Gary Guyton got blocked downa dn Cameron Wake didn't contain on the edge.

Most impressive WR: That would be Roberto Wallace. He caught passes . He broke a couple of tackles. Yes, he dropped a TD pass. But Wallace feasted on the Tampa Bay backup secondary. Afterward, however, he was thinking of the missed TD and I supose that's what led him to say, "I left a lot of food on the table."

More on wide receivers: The Dolphins want, indeed need, one or two of their younger receivers to step up.Wallace (4 catches, 71 yards) did that. Julius Pruitt (6 catches, 52 yards) did that some. They seriously helped themselves.

Jimmy Wilson inexperience: He is a converted cornerbck. He still reacts as one at times and that was the case on Tiquan Underwood's 43-yard catch between Wilson and Smith. The ball should have been intercepted by Wilson but as the ball came down he waited to catch it with his body rather than reach for it at his highest point. That gave Underwood the chance to snatch it for the reception.

Missed tackles count: Three. Sean Smith had two, Koa Misi had one. But I must confess, I stopped counting when the starters left the field. Sue me.

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Go Dolphins!!! I am so glad you are back Armando. I hope we can fix our issues.

If we looked that bad against a team like Tampa, no way we win more than 4 games this year. Easy schedule is for the teams that play us. No heart, no soul. I'm curious to see how Philbin handles players when we are 2 and 5.

Kapps:
RG3-undetermined.
Right?

Timothy McVeigh was nothing but a pawn in a more elaborate scheme. He was the fall guy, but just a pawn.

The truth can't be found in mainstream media, forget the news. It's nothing but hype and bs and a vehicle to sell commercials.

Read Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace (I know 98% of the population no longer has any capacity to actually read a book), but that explains a lot.

I haven't studied the film yet, but I like alot of what I saw.

The Defense was troubling, but understandably so. New Coaching staff, new system, new positions, etc, etc. I'm not worried about it........yet.

I haven't watched the tape yet, but I don't have too when it comes to Derrick Shelby. The UNDRAFTED defensive end has had a GREAT camp. He followed it up with some big plays in his first pre season game. Ireland just MAY have found a TRUE Acorn here ;)

Trusnik? He explained why the team has kept him around so long. If there is any place we need young guys to come through, it's Linebacker.

Wallace is another one. Between him and Pruitt, I'll bet Philbin moreso than ever is considering keeping 6 WR's. Wallace just needs as much game time experience as possible and he'll be fine.

Martin is a very, VERY GOOD offensive tackle. So he's going to need a quick second to adjust to the right side. No biggie there. He played great for 3 quarters. Had a few miscues, but just mentally. Easily correctible. It'll come with reps and familiarity.

Clay continuing to progess too? It suddenly looks like alot of Jeffy's youngsters are coming through.

Keep an EYE on Derrick Shelby! He's a Baller!

You heard it here first!

-Odin- ;)

Polacks, too. The Unibomber was one of those. That's why these Irish and Polish neighborhoods in old Northeastern cities are always full of inbred trash.

Posted by: Glad I'm Not Irish (or Polish) | August 11, 2012 at 04:00 PM

You greaseballs are the worst of all the immigrants. Low life scum come here for free welfare.

Go home speaks.

You watched it twice and got this out of it ? I watched it once and saw all this.

Dolphins played like chyt

Oh, you mean the Arms Traffickers, BQ? Couldn't live without them.

Now, now, don't get mad, caps.

So how is the "Lets trade Moore Crowd" doing today?

Gee, if we could have just gotten that 7th rounder for him BEFORE Garrards knee!

Then our QB stable would consist of Tannehill and Devlin.

Enuff Said...........but I'm going to keep going ANYWAYS!

Garrard is aging as we speak. The Mortal Enemy of Man......Old Age.

If nothing else, Moore has proven he can be a capable back up in this league. He's WAY younger than Garrard in QB years and probably has a BIT of upside.

With Tannehill steadily improving, Moore just might be the better Back up than Garrard.

Whats more, if Devlin closes the gap on Moore as a back up, Jeffy's "Batting Avg." goes through the ROOF!

Martin, Shelby, Vernon, Miller, Clay and now Tannehill and Devlin too? This is NOT a good day for the Irishland HATERS!

ROTFLMAO ;)

I'd sooner watch a video about toenail clippings than watch another minute of useless and pointless preseason football.

Pats vs saints 7-6, pre season is meaningful...not !

What level of idiot does someone have to be to actually PAY to watch these practice games, anyway?

I guess the NFL banks on a certain percentage of their fans being complete drooling Neanderthals who think this stuff is meaningful.

I'm not Italian. They are pretty stupid, classless people on balance but not incest spawn trash like those Irish and Polock terrorists. I think Charles Manson was mostly Irish, too.

Posted by: Glad I'm Not Irish (or Polish) | August 11, 2012 at 04:17 PM

Your ignorance proceeds you.

Greaseball speaks are not italians. They are from down under. They come here illegalaly to pray upon the masses(the welfare system)

As I said before-Go home you rascist speak.

"Illegalaly?" "Pray (it's 'prey')?" "Rascist?"

Obviously, English is not your first language or you have the spelling ability of a 2nd grader.

Then day after our Pre season opener and we STILL have to wade through the Tards! Nice.

Tannehill has answered every question so far. He's met every challenge head on. That means he has EARNED a shot to win the Starting Job here.

Depending on this week of practice of course, I would be leaning towards starting Tannehill or getting him in the game quickly enough to face some better competition.

I myself would just go ahead and start him next week. Philbin wants to announce the Starter by week 3. That means Tannehill won't have alot of oppotunities to impress.

The kid hasn't shown one legitimate reason to NOT be the starter. On the contrary. He's ARGUABLY outplayed Moore in practices and the scrimmage. He definitely outplayed him last night. Albeit, against lesser competition, but that's no fault of Tannehill's. He can only play against the people the Coaches line him up against.

SO!!!!

Line him up against the starters and lets see what he does!

All Future Major Wars will be conducted over the Internet. Less Blood, we think.

Alot of good opinions on the last post for and against Tannehill getting the nod today. I'll drop my two cents in arriving late to the party! I want to see Ryan Tannehill take the 1st team snaps in our week 2 Pre-Season game Vs. Carolina which has a good front 7 to pressure him but weak D backfield which makes for a nice match up for Tannehill. It will make for a nice test for him given he will see some pressure but should see cracks on the back end to fit the ball given he will get a vanilla look on D from them.

The 3rd week of the Pre-Season is usually your dress rehearsal for the Regular Season were teams will throw multiple looks and formations at you in tuning up the starters for the Reg. Season and everybody usually goes the 1st half. I say give them both a Qrt. in that game Vs. Atlanta. Name your starter afterwards then let the #2 guy mop up week 4 Vs. Dallas while your 2012 starter at QB starts prepping for Week 1 Reg. Season at Houston, IMHO!

"Illegalaly?" "Pray (it's 'prey')?" "Rascist?"
Obviously, English is not your first language or you have the spelling ability of a 2nd grader.

Posted by: You're Not Very Bright | August 11, 2012 at 04:28 PM

TELL US ABOUT FURST TEME YOU GET WELFARE CHEEK?

YOU SMOKE DROGAS OR DREENK OLE ENGLISH?

My God Armando, it was a preseason game. THEY DON'T COUNT!! These games are to weed out these under achievers. In the standings in my paper we are still 0-0.

joke franchise

Irish guys aren't very well endowed, either. Actually, most white guys aren't. That's why so many of us gals would much rather have a black lover than you boring milk faces.

ALWAYS use some kind of spell-checker on Internet.

If after the 3rd game given equal footing Vs. the best the opposition has to offer it's even that close then Moore should simply pick up a clipboard and get out of the kids way! Moore will I believe be entering this his 5th Yr. in the NFL. If he can't put distance between who he is as a player today compared to Tannehill then this conversation is mute.

"Your ignorance proceeds you". Son, stick to Football.

Hey, do us all a favor and shut up. If we want your idiot opinion about football we will ASK for it.

Line him up against the starters and lets see what he does!

Coalition To Get Coalition Out Of The Closet | August 11, 2012 at 04:32 PM

Agreed! I would let the competition go into the half of week 3 at Atlanta with each getting a Qrt. and if it's that close then Tannehill should get the nod. If for nothing else but to keep us all some what interested in another long Season going nowhere prepping him for a move up in 2013.

Rookie RT Jonathan Martin: He played every snap into the third quarter. He didn't give up a sack. But he did pick up two false start penalties. He also yielded a quarterback pressure.


Perfect example of Cam Cameron's motto: "Fail forward fast". The good is Martin didnt give up a sack.

An a-lay-bay-man racist. Yessir.

Fourth down inside the 5 yard line: Tampa Bay had it once in that situation and converted. Miami had it once in that situation and a Ryan Tannehill pass to Charles Clay was tipped away incomplete.

Yes, it was a negative play. The good is Tannehill had enough velocity and threw it far enough outside to advert the 95yd pick six. However, it was a bad decision because Clay never was really open.

I happen to know both English and Football. Anything wrong with that?

Village Idiot Odin is up from his stupor. Now the regular bloggers with no life can trade barbs with him and get their desperation football chat jollies.

How many times do we have to tell you? A solid Education is primordial in knowing how to fuc- a girl or in conducting Wars.

Whether it counts or not the hapless Dolphins cant win a home game.

Kick return: Marcus Thigpen has to be kicking himself (pardon the pun) because he was supposed to get a lot of work returning kicks. But he was injured and did not play. So Lamar Miller and Rishard Matthews got the work instead. And while Miller didn't impress, Matthews was very good. Matthews had a 45-yard return that opened some eyes. Miller, a source tells me, needs to practice better. He's kind of just going along instead of attacking each practice session. He kind of played that way Friday.

In watching Lamar Miller's UM highlights, yes Miller's fast, just not "explosive fast". That kept jumping out about Miller to me. Straight line speed, not explosive. Ive seen slower players that have better initial explosion than Miller.

Fin4,

Did you get the game recorded?

I didn't, I had to live stream. It got shut down when Devlin came in and I couldn't get back on fast enough.

Anyway, the NFL Channel is re-broadcasting it at 7:30 AM tommorrow morning. I got my DVR set to record, my alarm clock AND my Phone Alarm(I'm a Homer ;)

Fin4,

My question(s):

1. Did you see much of Derrick Shelby(No. 79)? He's my new Dark Horse favorite!

2. What about Trusnik? An abberation or a worthy back up(finally)to Dansby?

3. What about Vernon? Did you see him make any plays?

The defense is young and playing in a new system for the first time. So I'm not too worried......at the moment. I see a bunch of young talented players running around out there. Is it enough to FORCE people to re-think their opinions of the Post-Parcell Jeff Ireland?

YG,

Good points on J.Martin, I noticed him early last night and saw that on the R.Bush quick inside hand off that went for 12 Yards were Fasano got a good block he was thrown like a sack of potato's into the backfield on a bull rush move by the RDE. He later got caught by that guys back up with both inside and outside speed moves nearly at will. I have hopes for this kid but last night was ugly for him to say the least!

Don't get your hopes up. As a whole the team looked awful. Seriously.

Sure he saw it(the in-existent margin), YG, but this guy is a gun-slinger and it's appearing that we all have to live with that fact. btw, he didn't get picked off.

The line of scrimmage battle: it was won by Tampa Bay on both sides of the ball. The Dolphins created zero quarterback pressure. They had no sacks. Tampa Bay only had one sack but there was pressure. That's one reason Maat Moore had a couple of passes deflected at the line of scrimmage. As for run blocking? Pat Devlin was Miami's leading rusher on the night. Enough said. On the other hand, the Miami defense lost contain a couple of times. On one, LaGarrette Blount gained 16 yards on a run wide left when Gary Guyton got blocked downa dn Cameron Wake didn't contain on the edge.

Philbin held back the hitting in camp thus far. I believe the run defense will be ok. The most troubling aspect was how quickly and easily Buc recievers got open. If recievers acn get open that quickly and easily against our corners. No manner of great pass rush can overcome that. We need corners to to give the pass rush at least 2-2.5 seconds before allowing thier recievers to break wide open.

Our WR's are just pathetic. Can we have Brandon Marshall back?

However, it was a bad decision because Clay never was really open.

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone | August 11, 2012 at 04:46 PM

I have to agree. I don't have tape yet, but it looked like the outside guy coming in would have been an easy TD.

As soon as the DB cleared(the one who made the play on the ball)the outside guy had position and came open.

It was a bad decision. But I'm not going to go overboard. It's too be expected of a Rookie and so far he's exceeded MY expectations.

You no worry about Perfect Season. Won't be broken, in your Lifetime.

Will Philbin handle the team well when frustration sets in and players become unraveled? I predict the season will be over by game 9.

What did I just said, YG? He didn't get picked-off.

You predict nothing, neither do I. LV is Boss.

odin,

read my post @4:53 and notice J.Martin early when you watch the replay. The play I mention on the Bush run was down right embarrassing for Martin. You will see the Tampa RDE's back up come in and look like JT in his prime with the outside speed rush and inside move, to say Martin is not ready is an understatement.

I didn't record it but thanks for the heads up will have my recorder set. I saw Shelby but didn't really focus my attention. I was to sick after watching some WR I've never heard of in Underwood for Tampa beat all 3 of our CB's BADLY while making Jimmy Wilson look silly on a long pass play. The outside contain which you knew would be a problem with Wake was every bit as well Odrick's way.

O.Vernon is a high motor guy and maybe the answer at OLB instead of Misi whose getting every chance in the world while underwhelming us all. I wonder when I watch him if he even likes Football or is simply doing his working job. There was a player at DT for us with a Samoan name which I can't remember right now who stood out more than R.Baker but need to watch again must admit was flustered by the 1st team and was half asleep until Tannehill came in at about 3:00 to go in the 1st half.

From what I've seen of Philbin so far, he looks like a very weak HC. I dont see him having any success any time soon. The team was out of shape and unprepared.

Actually, I think Misi played very well.

oscar,

I was giving Tannehill props, that even though the pass at the 5yd line was a bad decision(Reciever was never open), it still was a great pass because the ball was thrown with enough velocity and far enough outside the db couldnt make a pick 6. He was only able to bat the ball down.

With most qb's, it's a pick 6, because it may not be thrown with enough velocity and not far enough outside. It was a great pass thrown to an unopen reciever though.

Against Tampa's first team offense, I don't think we had Davis, Smith and Marshall on the field once together. I don't know what the Coaches were trying to do, but it might make a big difference.

I saw Nolan Carroll out there early and getting beat.

I don't know who our 4th Corner will be, but I'll take Jonathon Wade(no. 25)over Carroll eveyday and anyday!

Yeah, I remember Jim Langer saying,"this is inhuman", I think about Miami. But he didn't leave(It) until he had his rings. Yes?

Our db's need to get thier act together in a hurry. Or the pass rush will rarely have time to get to any qb's this season. 1 second after the snap, wr's were running free all over the place. D-lines consistently need at least 2.5 seconds to consistently get pressure on the qb's. I didnt see this last night.

Who do we have next week, Carolina? If so it isnt going to get any easier for the 1st defense going against Cam Newton.

Does anybody else notice a different name showing up every three minutes with a never ending stream of negative comments just "Tailor Made" to start a dumb argument?

Monkey Boy?

Is that you?

You slippin ain'tcha?

VIO

Please do us a favor and go away. Stop with your blog pollution.

don't know who our 4th Corner will be, but I'll take Jonathon Wade(no. 25)over Carroll eveyday and anyday!

Coalition To Get Coalition Out Of The Closet | August 11, 2012 at 05:13 PM

With the starters on the field when Tampa went to a 3 WR set Davis came in and Marshall went to the slot. All 3 Davis, Marshall and Smith were smoked by Tampa's back up QB with our Starting D on the field BADLY! J.Wilson went to go give deep help to Smith who was beat by a good 3 to 4 Yards and tried to scoop a pick like he was MLB Outfielder that the Tampa WR Underwood who either made Bucs team last night or will be in our camp soon took from him, all in all BAD showing, looked like what M.Ryan did to them last year in Pre-Season opener when we were all still to high on talking about the 5 WR sets Daboll sent on the field running fisty's O.

Monkey Boy?

Is that you?

You slippin ain'tcha?

Posted by: Coalition To Get Coalition Out Of The Closet | August 11, 2012 at 05:19 PM
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VIO
Please do us a favor and go away. Stop with your blog pollution.

Posted by: Ranger | August 11, 2012 at 05:21 PM
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**TRANSLATION**

Yep, you got me. It's me-Monkey Boy.

Now will you quit stepping on my gig............?

-Odin- ;)

Actually, I think Misi played very well.

Publicado por: oscar canosa | August 11, 2012 at 05:09 PM

He didn't do anything that stood out then again NO LB DID! The player who was coming up in run support was R.Jones who was laying lumber out there. I believe O.Vernon would make a monster SOLB he has the speed and size to be special there it remains to be seen what he will be at 270 which is were they want to take him. Listen some forget JT was good but a liability on run D and was always hurt till he tipped in at 270 plus before that the 255 JT was a one trick pony in JJ's D rotating in with Lorenzo Bromell and Kenny Mixon who played run downs.

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