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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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Fin4,

The Cover Two is a bit different. Here's to hoping it's just a glitch in the learning curve - lol.

I missed the begining too because of the live stream spot I choose. I had to start looking for a new right at Kick off.

Anyways, where was Wilson playing? Do you know? FS or SS?

I missed that play, but I've heard about it over and over. It sounds UGLY!

Underwood welcomed Wilson to the NFL!

(Shouldn't that have been the other way around?)

It appears as Odinsbrowneye is as annoying, long winded, balbbermouthy & boring as ever. Seriously idiot, give it a rest.

Irelads picks are starting to shine? Where are the ireland haters? LMAO

Yea, Daniel Thomas & john Jerry are glowing.

Martin, Shelby, Vernon, Miller? LMAO

Miller did zippo & has not looked great in camp, he's ordinary to this point. In fact, 4th on the depth chart. WOW!

Martin, by all accounts, had a rough night. Yet, you talk about him like he's a future hall of famer.

Shelby? You're high on a 3rd teamer going against guys who are gonna be bagging groceries at your local supermarket in 2 weeks?

Vernon? Please tell us what he's done?

Yet, you cite THESE GUYS to defend 1 of the worst GM's in the NFL? Excuse us while we laugh our as*es at you & pity your existence.

And you wonder why ppl spend their days making fun of you. GEEEE I WONDER WHY!

The Miami Dolphins have agreed to terms with undrafted rookie free agent Derrick Shelby, according to NFL.com.

A four-year starter at Utah, Shelby has played all over the defensive front making him quite versatile. He has tweener size at 6'3'', 265 pounds and projects to the NFL as a 3-4 OLB or 4-3 DE.

There's major upside here, as Shelby could turn into a real star if coached up properly.

Shelby has produced consistent yet modest sack numbers from the end position, but has shown a knack against the run and often ranked first on his team in tackles resulting in a loss.

What the Experts Are Saying:

ProFootballWeekly.com offers their take on Shelby's pros.

Sizable wing span. Athletic—exhibited some explosion and agility at the Combine. Has strength, knee bend and lateral agility to stack blocks, disengage and grab ballcarriers. Shows ability to play behind the line of scrimmage. Good balance and short-area quickness. Has played end, tackle, both the left and right side and also has rushed from a two-point stance. Four-year starter.

odin,

J.Wilson took 1st team plays at F.S. were he alternated with Clemons from series to series in the 3 or so the starters were on the field. The play were Davis is taken cleanly off the line by Underwood will make you sick, BE FAIR WARNED!

Jimmy Wilson was a safety in college, last year he was playing out of position. He was in position though. The problem was his ball skills not that he was out of position.

From the last blog. OC, I'm one of T-$izzle's biggest fan here. Note to joke above, the imposter says to get off my knees.

Nolan Carroll is the worst corner on the team.

Pruitt and Wallace are making a case to stay. Gates position is in jeopardy. Also matt Roth better get his hamstring right or he will be getting traded or cut.

I will still trade Moore, but this game only proves my point that nobody will want him. It's like he's running his own Offense. Devlin and T-Hill look like they know where the ball is suppose to go. They seem to have a better understanding of the Wco.

It's OK for T-$izzle to know the offense better than Moore(not really), but for devlin to look more comfortable.

Matty Less needs to step it up.

Miller did zippo & has not looked great in camp, he's ordinary to this point. In fact, 4th on the depth chart. WOW!

Posted by: My 2 cents | August 11, 2012 at 05:36 PM

Oh how I cherish the oppotunities to point out your retardation.

According to Philbin, Miller has been having a very good camp. Not exceptional, not great, but a good camp nonetheless.

As smart as you think you're NOT........I'll have to go with Joe on this one-ROTFLMAO!

As for being 4th on the dpeth chart.........ah........

1st. It's obvious you don't realize that the FIRST depth chart of the season, in laymans terms, Don't Mean Squat. You knew that.....right? That there basically based on........off season OTA's and Camp?

Naw......I can tell you didn't know that(big surprise, snicker snick).

2nd.........what was Miller.......a 4th round pick? Oh my gosh Monkey Boy, you mean to tell me we have a 4th rounder that hasn't put former Heisman Trophy Winner Reggie Bush out of a job yet.

I guess in your infinite wisdom, 4th rounders are usually stars by the start of the Pre Season?

Bhwaaaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

Thanks Monkey Boy, FOR REAL! I just LOVE it when you try talkin to the Grown Folk-ROTFLMAO!


Dashi,

Great points on your post and fair! J.Wilson was in the right place he just went for it like a MLB Centerfielder looking for a pop fly. Agree again on Carroll but last night was an indictment of ALL the CB's on the roster! Pruitt looks like he's been living in a weight room all off season, funny nobodies mentioned the 15 pounds or so of muscle he's put on and it showed while he was getting off the line. I have always been a R.Wallace fan and hope this Pre-Season won't be another tease like last Yr. I agree 100% on M.Moore running what seems like his version of things, again good post!

"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."

They can read, they just know that Olive Stone type conspiracy theories work best as films, not reality.

Actually, those 2d and 3rd rounders receivers looked much better than the 1st rd'ers. But I have learned that in pre-Season Games, most it's mirage.

I remember that in the pre-Season of the greatest Team Shula probably has ever Coached, they didn't win one single Game out of it. Then they won the SB, easily. But that was Shula and this is Now.

oscar,

Your right about Pre-Season but IF anything from last night was set in stone is that Tampa WR Underwood made team or will be in our camp soon! He looked like a Pro Bowler out there Vs. the best we had with his back up QB.

From the same post:

Irelads picks are starting to shine? Where are the ireland haters? LMAO

Posted by: My 2 cents | August 11, 2012 at 05:36 PM
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And here's Monkey boy making up things I didn't say in an ATTEMPT to look EduMaCated!

Bhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaant Making up lies now are we?

ROTFLMAO!

This is FUN!

Son, go somewhere else with your Stonian or not conspiracy theories. We know. There are no Secrets anymore.

..Jimmy Wilson wasn't a "ballhawk" in college..He didn't have a lot of Int's. He was known for big hits..Trust me on this one.

So we play Carolina next week..Do we gameplan around stopping Cam Newton, or does is the gameplan more of an exercise in trying to execute the fundamentals of the base defense??

Darryl,

How's it go ! If anything I'll take your word on Wilson who is from your neck of the woods it would also better explain the Baseball like attempt at a pick. I think NO gameplan which is usually the modis aparendi in Week 2 glorified practice.

oder coalition is it difficult when holding conversations with self to not accidentally post under wrong name with the back and forth ? Or does you have 2 computers and run from room to room ?

they never game plan for a pre season game.

..Let me re-phrase.. My definition of Ballhawk is a guy that gets INT's or creates turnovers..If your definition of ballhawk includes on the ball defending, then Wilson fits this description. Still, as good as he was as a pass defender @ UM..He was a crushing tackler. The enforcer on the back end.

Shelby? You're high on a 3rd teamer going against guys who are gonna be bagging groceries at your local supermarket in 2 weeks?

Posted by: My 2 cents | August 11, 2012 at 05:36 PM

Undrafted Free agent that got a 2 tackles, 1 TFL and a sack in his first (limited action)Pre Season game.

And I guess your dumb a ss would be the one to cut him......right?

OMG - Your whole post was rediculous. MONKEY? Why am I not surprised?

;)

gonna be a longggggggggg year. def start thill so we can start to develop him, come back next year with another high draft pick and a year in this system under our belt

OK, guys off to take the family to see the Total Recall remake, kids psyched me not so much that behind Predator and 1st Terminator was my fav. Arnold flick. I love the women in the title role but Colin Ferrell in the Arnold role??? Let's hope they just didn't trash the story line.

Used to be that preseason football games were completely meaningless. Now that NFL football is a year round endeavor, these games do mean something. If your starters can't tackle, apply a pass rush, commit penalties, and otherwise look inept, then it will likely carry over to the regular season.

Even though the final scores don't matter, the way the starters play early does matter. Its the difference between a 3-1 start, vs a 1-3 start in the regular season. So Philbin better get this team focused.

It looked like they had about 2000 people at last nites game. And Ross gave out 1000 free tickets! YIKES!

oder coalition is it difficult when holding conversations with self to not accidentally post under wrong name with the back and forth ? Or does you have 2 computers and run from room to room ?

Posted by: and behind curtain number 1? | August 11, 2012 at 06:22 PM

You should know, how many times have I caught YOU doing just THAT?

A whole freaking bunch my friend.

Unlike YOU, I only post under Odin/Coalition. This is just another example of how ridiculous your dribble is. You know as well as anyone, I could sign in as Santa Claus and you'd STILL be able to tell it's me.

Again, unlike you, I'm not good at being fake.

-Odin- ;)

Trade Moore? Then what, hope Garrard has a miracle cure? You guys break me up sometimes.

Coalition To Get Coalition Out Of The Closet

Aren't you the same guy accusing everyone else of using several names and being a troll?

Even Devlin outplayed Moore.

pre season games are more meaningless than a marlins game in august

Coalition To Get Coalition Out Of The Closet

Aren't you the same guy accusing everyone else of using several names and being a troll?

Posted by: Ranger | August 11, 2012 at 06:33 PM


He still has 2 or 3 dummies fooled.

Kapps:
RG3-undetermined.
Right?
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Im not surprised you couldnt answer that yourself Oscar. Im done with Ks. Hes a stonehead talking thru his bum. You and him are twins, right.

Kapp,

You are a fraud, distort facts and make stuff up support your senseless arguments. Do you really think you are fooling anybody? Do you think you claiming you won an argument registers with anyone else.

You should be debating with elementary school kids, you could maybe fool them.

I have a question to all you great loyal dolphin fans that have been there in good and bad times!! Normally. When a team is good or superbowl great is it because they have lots of talent in every or most positions!
Or when a team is bad really bad is it lack or talent at most of it's position's.! So where that puts our dolphins!! Parcells JI. And now JI running the show still hasn't put enough talent on this team! Expect maybe 5 wins this season or the same record as last year.. Remember 0-7 start!! Maybe it wasn't all Sparano fault maybe we just don't have enough good players!! But what I know I'm a idiot but I love my PHINS!!!

Sean smith sucks and should be cut. Non tackling beep beep !

ray go back to your bible studies.

First game of the season we will get whooped by a team we havnt beaten yet!!

Coalition To Get Coalition Out Of The Closet
Aren't you the same guy accusing everyone else of using several names and being a troll?

Posted by: Ranger | August 11, 2012 at 06:33 PM

Bhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaant! More lies!

I don't accuse everyone of anything. Just "Mando's Monkey Boy".

Which reminds me........why exactly are you taking up his battle?

BAM! ROTFLMAO!

Busted - AGAIN ;)

Coalition To Get Coalition Out Of The Closet
Aren't you the same guy accusing everyone else of using several names and being a troll?

Posted by: Ranger | August 11, 2012 at 06:33 PM

SAY WHAT?

Dude......just how stoned are you? Where do you get THAT stuff ;)

You're the ONLY one I've seen here accusing anyone of anything.

Did you get your aliases "Mixed-Up".........AGAIN?

Bhwaaaaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

PS: It takes MORE than some Good Weed to do THAT to a brain-lol ;)

Luce
Ok Satan. You right I should be reading the bible instead of reading all this bull crap you talk about! Haha!! Amen brother!!

Kappowski is paranoid.

7 and 9, man, 7 and 9, Las Vegas says so.

Agter they lose the opener the chant will be BARF FOR BARKLEY LOL

Oh Lord.... :(

Posted by: Fins Stink | August 11, 2012 at 07:20 PM

Just like you Mother!

Tuna anyone......?

You should be debating with elementary school kids, you could maybe fool them.
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Truth, I have been debating with elementary school kids all day. BTW, my posts are football related and relevant to the story.
Yours, on the other hand have ranged from senseless babble to extreme racism. Lastly, Canosa, your new name doesn't suit you. Try POS next time.

Oscar is Aloco twins brother.

They have contests to see who is dumber.

Whats worse. Crank head or alcoholic?

Ask Oscar and Aloco.

I make JOKE. Ha Ha.

Wait, I not joke. But I am funny lol.

Oscar

Just so you know, that isn't me getting on you. We pissed off some immature baby so he has no other way to express himself other than to impersonate others. Let him have his fun if he needs it that bad.

Some of the advantages of having Ross and Ireland...

A) Less traffic at the games

B) Easier to get good seats

C) No games in January

Something be cranking up in dis beech.

Truth yo Mammy need ta wash that thang again.

Hey Truth, how come your breath smell just like yo/////////////mammas////////////ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

You a sick pig fool.

Fake Ranger at 7;28

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.

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone | August 11, 2012 at 04:50 PM

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Interesting observation, and perhaps not without fact.
As a die hard UM guy, he was a different player after his injury last year. Not hitting the holes with the same energy.

No, your a fake Ranger at 7;29

Sorry, meant to say as a die hard fan who watched every game, sometimes illegally. (LOL) Miller's approach changed after the injury.

I'm glad the blogger that is impersonating me has exposed his true colors, a pouting baby. It's obvious who it is and we don't need to waste our time responding to him once he has the courage to use his name again.

It's a shame he is not clever or funny.

I'm not worried about Miller but D Thomas should be cut. He's terrible.

I guess its true that most football fans are immature neanderthals, but a few of us actually have a good job, a good life and a good woman.

Do you really think you are fooling anybody? Do you think you claiming you won an argument registers with anyone else.
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I can verbally slap you around all day Canosa and I wont have to use racial insults to do it. My claim didn't need to register with anyone else, it registered with you as intended. Im sure I will hear from you later False Start or should I call you
salida nula?

It's a shame I am not clever or funny.
Posted by: Ranger | August 11, 2012 at 07:35 PM

Well said. That a step in the right direction.

I guess its true that most football fans are immature neanderthals, but a few of us actually have a good job, a good life and a good woman.

Posted by: Ranger | August 11, 2012 at 07:36 PM

Could you be more obvious with all your lies?

Anybody that knows anything, knows real men don't like Women.

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