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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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The Chad news is spreading like wild fire.


I said it before and I'll say it again:
This franchise is like a corpse that gets found by a drifter and violated.
The most recent violators: Garrard and Ochcinco.
Previous violators: NoodeleArm, Columbus, Fasano, Olshansky etc

Aloco aka Oscar Canosa aka Cuban Menace aka Mando,

Now do you see why no quality free agents will come here/stay here?

Every Dolphin player & coach that left here after last season is in a better situation than this one.

Bye bye Chad!

Just a clueless franchise with no direction.

Seriously what is it about this organization and players named, "Chad"?
NoodleArm, Henne, Ochocinco.

In real life how many people do you know named Chad?
I've never known any.
And i'm talking people I grew up with, people I was in USMC with and more than 2,000 customers in my business over 20 years.

Every Dolphin player & coach that left here after last season is in a better situation than this one.

Posted by: PriceMaster | August 12, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Not accurate.

Chad Johnson project over. So what, see ya later.


Guys that will be cut this year or next...

John Jerry
Ocho Cinco
D Thomas

The garbage Dolphins couldnt make a BCS bowl game.

3 losing seasons in a row isnt enough to fire Ireland??

Was it just me or was the entire game about Tampa and it's coaching staff .I thought Miami was the home team!

For decades now, when the Dolphins play Tampa it always seems they get pushed around and bullied. Why does Tampa always play more physical than Miami?

if they got a good offer for moore i'd still be fine trading him. it would have to be higher now, say a 4th round pick. which i doubt anyone would offer.

garrard has debris in his knee. not a big deal. clean it out and he'll be fine. he'd be a great mentor as tannehill's back-up. he can go over the pictures and show him what he may have missed on the sidelines and work with him in the film room. his experience makes him better at this than moore. moore has never been a comfortable starter. he's been up and down his whole career. starter, back-up. i don't see him as a mentor. plus you give a very talented pat devlin a roster spot and more practice time. we need to think future. if we go with moore then next season tannehill will still be inexperience and we'd still need to sign a vet to back him up. he was the 8th pick, he has shown both skill and leadership qualities. why would anyone wanna leave him on the bench?? i just don't get it!! we drafted him to be our starting QB didn't we?? freakin cleveland named weedon their starter and he screwed the pooch big time in their preseason opener!!! can we at least agree that he should be starting the next preseason game!!

as far as everything else goes, i'd say the defense was not good. but there are a whole lot of guys playing new positions in a new defense. so i'll take a wait and see attitude. plus we played VERY vanilla. looked to my like tampa was not playing vanilla on either side of the ball.

i think the o-line is going to be much improved over last season. the rook martin made some rookie mistakes but overall i liked what i saw from him. he has quick feet. he needs to get his hands into his guy quicker and harder. but again, a rookie, playing a new position. he'll get it. hicks is an upgrade over jerry/gardner too. also, talk about an ireland gem in FA!! i forgot his new but the rookie FA back-up center, is it samadu?? something like that. he was eye popping good. i could see him being the center in the future, allowing us to move pouncey to guard where he can pull and not snap the ball over the QB's head. i know he was in against back-ups but on the d-line those back-ups are gonna be part of the rotation when it come to d-line. he was blasting guys 3 to 5 yards down field and playing to the whistle. kids got a mean streak in him, me likey!!

i also though the young group of WR's were able to get open a lot. there weren't many times, if any, when any of the QB's threw the ball away. they had targets to hit. maybe that is the WCO, but seems these WR's are getting open in it. same goes for the TE's. they didn't use RB's out of the backfield at all really. but it was a vanilla offense this game too. don't wanna show too much.

Last year it was a woeful OL. Looks like this year a woeful OL and DL. Tannehill will be unable to gain useful experience with no OL. Give to QB job to MM until the Phins are eliminated from playoff contention. Let Tannehill take over when there is no must win pressure.

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