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Dolphins at 49ers: Which team has the advantage?

So which team has the advantage today?

Well, see if you agree with me:

When the Dolphins run the ball: You know about the Dolphins short-yardage struggles. They have converted only 12 of 26 tries on third-and-1 or less and only 5 of 11 tries on third-and-two. Well, Miami would be better off staying out of short yardage situations because this game because when opponents face third-and-three or less, the 49ers defense has allowed just a 39.5 percent conversion rate. That ranks first in the NFL. Reggie Bush said he expects this to be the Dolphins most physical game of the season. If Miami cannot win the battle against San Francisco’s front seven, it basically cannot win the game because the 49ers aim to make their opponent a one-dimensional passing team and then come after the quarterback. The Dolphins don’t want that. Bush must keep his average around 4 yards per carry. And he needs to get enough carries to keep the 49ers honest. ADVANTAGE: San Francisco.

When the Dolphins pass the ball: As good as the 49ers have been stopping the run, they have better credentials against the pass. They are ranked second in the NFL against the pass. Although the sacks are down slightly this year (the team ranks 10th in the NFL) the 49ers lead the NFL in sacks over the past three years. That is a big deal for Miami this week because the Dolphins will be without left tackle Jake Long to protect quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s blind side. Interestingly, the Dolphins are confident Long’s replacement Jonathan Martin can handle the assignment because he played left tackle at Stanford, played well last week in replacing Long, and is perhaps the future at the position. But the switch from right tackle for Martin forces Miami to use Nate Garner, the team’s sixth or seventh best lineman, into the starting job at right tackle. And that makes the chances of San Francisco moving NFL sack leader Aldon Smith over to Garner’s side highly likely. ADVANTAGE: San Francisco.

When the 49ers run the ball: This should be epic. The thing the Dolphins do better than just about anything else on either offense or defense is stop the run. The front seven has been mostly consistent throughout the season. Only one running back has gone over 100 yards against the Dolphins and only three teams have gone over 100 yards rushing against Miami. But the thing the 49ers do best is, you guessed it, run the football. The 49ers are No. 2 in the NFL in rushing. Former Coral Gables High and University of Miami product Frank Gore has not slowed down in his eighth season. He is already the team’s all-time leading rusher and leads a rushing attack that averages 5.3 yards per attempt. The addition of Colin Kaepernick at quarterback also adds a dangerous dimension in that he can scramble as well as throw. ADVANTAGE: Even.

When the 49ers pass the ball: Randy Moss can still run and blow the top off the defense, but the 49ers have not been using him in that role very often. It’s the reason he has only 19 catches. Ted Ginn can run and blow the top off the defense. But he’s caught only two passes and is mostly a return specialist. The big problems the 49ers pose are Michael Crabtree, a possession receiver, and tight end Vernon Davis, who has a knack for getting behind the secondary. Davis has catches of 53 and 46 yards this season and had a 100-yard game against the Bills. The Dolphins will be without Jimmy Wilson, their nickel cornerback, this week. That may not be a bad thing as Wilson has struggled in coverage this year. That means either Nolan Carroll or R.J. Stanford will be coming on the cornerback blitz this week. ADVANTAGE: Even.

Special teams: One special teams flop against Buffalo was happenstance. Another against Seattle was a trend. And a couple of more miscues against New England are starting to look like a troubling habit. The Dolphins special teams are hurting the team’s chances of winning the past few weeks. That needs to stop. The 49ers aren’t having such issues. Punter Andy Lee is a three-time Pro Bowl player and kicker David Akers has been to six Pro Bowls. Akers kicked a 63-yard field goal against Green Bay in September – a kick that tied Tom Dempsey for the NFL’s longest kick ever. ADVANTAGE: San Francisco. 

Coaching: The 49ers, at their core, are a very physical no-nonsense team. The problem they pose on offense is they take that philosophy and use disguise and misdirection and multiple sets that are hard to dissect and prepare for. It will be a test of the Dolphins coaching staff. Joe Philbin and his staff also have to figure out a way to make the loss of left tackle Jake Long seem inconsequential against, yes, the NFL’s sack leader. ADVANTAGE: San Francisco.

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Yes. Everything seems to be stacked against Us.

That's why they play the games.

I’d love to see both Ireland and Ross hit the road. We need a front office that understands winning is what sells tickets!

Has anyone ever seen D Thomas break a tackle?
Me neither.

Well it's definitely not the dulphins. Hey maybe hennehill will be replaced with mr. Heisman johnny manziel. Wouldn't that be great!

Armando, I think that is a reasonably accurate description, and it is a good job this game isn't played on papaer :-)

I think the phins are good enough to make a game of it and have a chance to WIN providing they show up for the FULL 4Q's.

Mike- D.Thomas has broken tackles and has made some decent runs, although i would like to see him do it a lot more!!

Johnny Manzell could only happen to Jeff Ireland. Manzell proves Ireland not only didnt get the best qb in the draft. He didnt get the best Texas A&M qb either.

Poor JI is just snakebit I tell you.

Speaking of nightmare matchups, Dolphins defense against athletic qb's alone doesnt bode well for us. We have a terrible time getting these types on the ground. They absolutely kill us!

Kris,

U unhappy bro?

Kris,

U unhappy bro?

Isn't this already an article on the webpage? Talk about recycling stuff.

Kris,

U unhappy bro?

What does that say for TanneBust when a freshman at Texas A&M is FAR better then him? Thanks again Ireland.

Exactly jay.

why the hate for tannehill after only 12 games? took josh freeman 3-4 years to progress, and look how he's hitting his stride--took Alex Smith a number of years too, wasnt great but improved over time....plenty of others took some time to adapt and mature as well.

Kris,

U unhappy bro?

There's lots of horrible matchups Today. We know. Why talk about them?

I desire for you: HAWAIIAN MOON OINTMENT.

Yes, it is true. You shall apply HAWAIIAN MOON OINTMET to all joints and extremities of the body with special emphasis on buttocks, toes, and nipples.

All care shall be washed away as HAWAIIAN MOON OINTMENT coats skin and wonderful aroma permeates senses!!

With regard to Amando's article on the new 49er stadium: We all know that Ross (with his multi-billions) wants taxpayers to help him upgrade HIS stadium.

Why doesn't the City of Miami and Dade County approve a special tax levy on the owner of the Dolphins instead? Each time the Dolphins lose a game, a tax of $10,000,000 is due immediately. If the Dolphins lose at home, an additional surtax of $15,000,000 is due. A loss to the Patriots or Jets will result in still more surtaxes. This will help the 99.99999 % who cannot afford their own sports team and motivate Ross to build a winning team quickly.

It's wrong for class warfare to be against the rich. It's even more wrong for the rich to use political power to 'rob' the poor for the benefit of the rich.

Kris,

U unhappy bro?

Manziel wont even be a decent pro QB.....everybody is talking about that, and knows it--apparently except a few dopey posters here--his game dont translate to the pros, boys.

benz, what you say is 100% correct.
however unfortunately most people don't/ won't want to say it like that cuz everyone wants everything now. And if it isn't delivered NOW then they are a bust/garbage and anything else people want to call them. Some fans expect a rookie to come in and perform like a seasoned tom brady or payton manning. And they moan when it doesn't happen!!!

Checkdown Chad at his finest so far

Geeze. Fly across the country, only to be dissected on national TV by a Super Bowl contender. Geeze. As a Dolphan, I look to the heavens and say; Who you gonna call?

Aloha PHIN NATION!!!!!!
It's time again to hope for a fin win, The good news here guys is Ted (Sideline)Ginn (And family) Are still playing in the NFL,So automatically Miami wins th Kick off game,The bad news is the 4ers are a good football team and will compensate having Ted(I fall down alot)Ginn on there team.

Who are your sources? He is better and will be a better nfl qb than hennehill will ever be.

Same old dulfins, nothing ever changes, different coaches every 2 years isn't the answer, should replace fireland, should have drafted a receiver, tenny is not the qb, the dulfins have no guts and make poor decisions (fireland). They could learn a thing or two from Washington but like I said NO GUTS!

77

Just wondering why you bother coming here. Every single post you make is negative and bitter. If you are that miserable all the time, maybe you should find a new team to root for?

Or do you just make these posts trying get someone to argue?

Reg what is rg3 doing, what is luck doing, what is wilson doing? It doesn't matter if you are a rookie or a vet. Either you have the ability to be a nfl qb or you don't. Bottomline.

it's YG back as CubanMenace! Hi YG!

Great Analysis! Mando. That is Pretty Much On Point How They Stack Up.

Dashi Would Have DROVE HOME The POINT THAT DANSBY AND WILLIS! ARE NOT IN THE SAME CLASS!! Dansby is Not Even in The same class as Bruce Willis!! Or Willis From Different Strokes!!

My Arm! My Arm! Que! Y Que! Tu Pin che Arm!!(George Lopez Voice) YOU ARE A MLB!! C A B R O N!!! EVEN IF THE INJURY IS LIFE THREATING!! U SUCK IT UP!! DON'T COMPLAIN! AND WHINE!! DRINK SOME SPRITE!!

But That's just Dashi!!

And Kris U Are Correct! Dashi Is On The DC Bandwagon! Dashi Just Didn't Have Them Winning Like DC! (Even Though U Know I Never Bet On The Dolphins To Lose!! I Think Me and Trick Have The Same Gambling Problem!!) But I Had The Same Score In My Head. (DC is Right Though!! I'm Not Trying To Take Credit Away.)

Dashi has it 17-14! 49ers! As Long As The Game Is Competitive!!

Offense Wins Games! Defense Wins Championships!!

(Why Do U Think BB is Stacking Up ON LB's!! He Won 3 Rings With Great LB play and Brady Being Average!! He Has Won ZERO!! With Brady Being Great!! And Bad LB's!!)

The 49ers Have The Best MLB in The Game!! (PERIOD!! DOUBLE EXCLAMATION!! POINTS!! AND WITH MORE ARROGANCE THAN KARLOS DANSBY!!)

Willis is Humble!! Plays At 150 MPH EVERY PLAY!! NEVER COMPLAINS!! IS SMART!! AND HAS ALL THE TANGIBLES AND INTANGIBLES!! TO PLAY THE POSITION!!

IT STARTS WITH WILLIS!! THE LEADER OF "HIS" DEFENSE!!

U Add That Bowman Is Real Good! And THE OLB's ARE GREAT! THE 49ers OWN THE FIRST 10 Yards After The LOS!! Sideline To Sideline!! And With That D-Line! The 49ers Front 7 Also Owns The First 5 Behind IT!!

The 49ers! Don't Have To Put Any Safety's IN THE BOX! Or What Dashi Affectionately Calls LB LAND!!

The Fins Different Story!! We Suck Because The LB's CAN'T COVER ENOUGH SPACE!!

THE FINS D-LINE DO THEIR JOB!! They Cover The First 5 Behind The Line!! And Also The First 5 On Their Side of the Line!! Most The Time! But Our LB's Suck!!(and So Do The CB's and Clemons)!! Anything Over 5 Yards On The Fins!! U have A Chance To Break!! For a LONG GAIN!! OR A FIRST DOWN!

Roscoe just stating facts. Sorry you enjoy being a loser! A real fan gets sick of it after a while.

You will enjoy SUCCESS and FORTUNE only by applying HAWAIIAN MOON OINTMENT to all extremeties of the body!

It's a blog feel free to argue and disagree.

roscoe you are a dimwit, nuff said

Dolphin......my "sources"--oh, they're very highly placed.....its confidential actually.....ok, they're CIA sources, but I cant give you names--what kind of dumb question is that?--just read/listen to what plenty of commentators are saying, thats all....."sources".....who are your sources for dumb comments?--oh, those would be.....you.

roscoe, I am a REAL fan, get over it

it's YG back as CubanMenace! Hi YG!
Posted by: Hey Look! | December 09, 2012 at 01:19 PM

Pleas child.
The cuban has been rumored to be a lot of people, The fifth Beatle,The guy on the Grassy Knoll,even been called the Anti-Christ, But Never, AND THE CUBAN means NEVER will he be confused with DB/YG/YGFE.
Get it right.

Dolphins are in that stretch of the season against quality opponents. Its going to be a gage of where the Dolphins are from being one of the better teams in this league.

The only speck of hope I have for the Dolphins is that the 49ers do not have a proven quarterback. I don't really know enough about this kid. If they had a solid qb, we would be lucky to stay within 24 points of them.

77

A loer is someone who can never ever see a positive aspect to anything. Many here are extremely critical, yet are open minded enough to recognizes the postives no matter how small they are.

Not you. You are only negative and bitter and nothing else.

Etiher you are a miserable person in general, or you just come looking to argue.

Either way you define a loser. I feel sorry for your children. I hope they are not suicidal already.

Cuban Menace is Teofilo Stevenson......I'm sure of it.

Cuban everyone knows you are either YG or Home, get over it

Cuban Menace is Teofilo Stevenson......I'm sure of it.
Posted by: benz | December 09, 2012 at 01:27 PM

LOL, Now thats funny...

YG,

The Best Thing That Could Happen! Is JM Winning The Heisman! And NOT TE'O!! NOW IF ALABAMA BEATS ND!! ANOTHER PLUS!!

The Te'o!! Hype Machine Was Getting To Big!!

And I know for U and Other People Look at IT! And Say The Wrong Choice!

But U have To Remember Manziel Played with Some REAL GOOD TALENT AROUND HIM! Let's See Next Year!! When Most The Starters Aren't Seniors and Juniors!

Johnny Football!! Doesn't Make A Good Pro Prospect! Just Speaking The Truth! You Will See! Just Being Honest!

And Who Recruited That Texas A&M Team?

We Don't Know If Their New Coach Is L.Cooker 2.0! And He Is Playing With House Money!

Shermantor!! Built That Team!! HE RECRUITED ALL THOSE PLAYERS ON THAT TEAM!! EXCEPT THE TRUE FRESHMEN!! AND A&M! Had No True Freshmen Starting!!

This Drops Te'o From That Guaranteed TOP 5 and Possibly #1! Right Now He Is Dropping Back Down To The Fins Range!! If They Lose To Alabama! Depending On How Much They Get Beat By!! It Would Drop Him Even More!! And Kill The ND HYPE MACHINE!! Meaning We Can Get Te'o!! At His True Value!! Can't Wait!! I Already Have Te'o!! Going to The Fins At #7! Next Year!!

Teo is slow, he won't cover well in the NFL. He has bust written all over him.

So what i have heard on cbs is manziel will become a better qb in the nfl. So take your CIA s$%t and shove it up your a$%!

dashi the douchi, who reads your posts? other than godlike kris who is ALWAYS right LOL

Oh, and Oscar!!

U ARE SO DISRESPECTFUL!!(Not To Me! You Know Dashi Could Care Less!!)

The T-Mac! Reference!!

So Disrespectful!! Taking Personal Jabs Like That On A Different Blog!

Just For That!!

FIRE SPO!!

From The Jets Of Course! (Wink)

He Doesn't Know Offense! Or How To Use His Roster!!

Teo is slow, he won't cover well in the NFL. He has bust written all over him.
Posted by: Nate | December 09, 2012 at 01:36 PM

The bigger the busts the better.....
Oh wait a minute,I'am thinking of different "Busts"

(.)(.)

well geez, if you heard it on CBS, then its gotta be right......yep, case is closed then.

dashi the douchi, who reads your posts? other than godlike kris who is ALWAYS right LOL

Posted by: dolphin 77 | December 09, 2012 at 01:39 PM

Teo is slow, he won't cover well in the NFL. He has bust written all over him.
Posted by: Nate | December 09, 2012 at 01:36 PM

The bigger the busts the better.....
Oh wait a minute,I'am thinking of different "Busts"

(.)(.)

Posted by: Cuban Menace | December 09, 2012 at 01:41 PM
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O Lord...

you are 2watt too...

I thought this blog maybe we had 10 real people on the blog....now were down to 9.....

Kris,

U unhappy bro?

Mando, what's the weather like out there?

Troll....

U OBSESSING bro??????

we SAW it the 1st 15 times...and it wasn't even remotely funny or clever then.....

Yo Kris I was Just making a joke bout Nates post, I think T'eo will be a fine player in the NFL, Lot of south Pacific players are good..
Better then jewish players IMHO.
But thanks for stopping by.......

Nasty Nate!

U Do KNOW WHAT THE SAFEST POSITION TO DRAFT IN THE FIRST ROUND IS RIGHT?

MLB!!

JUST FOR A MLB!! TO GET DRAFTED IN THE FIRST ROUND HE HAS TO BE BORDERLINE GREAT! IF U ARE TAKING ONE AT THE TOP OF THE DRAFT!! THAT MLB!! IS USUALLY GOING TO BE A HOFer!

And IF U ARE PICKING HIM IN THE TOP 10! U ARE USUALLY TRYING TO GET A ALL TIME TALENT!! THE PCT%! Is Astounding!! Look At The Last 20 Years The MLB's! Taken In The First Round! A Who's Who! Of The Best LB's To play The Game!

AND SINCE!! MY BOY IRELAND!! LOVES TO PLAY IT SAFE!! WITH HIS FIRST PICK!!

EXPECT TE'O!! TO BE #1,2, And 3! On Jeff Ireland's Wish List!! Not 4,5,6!

Yeah Te'o Is Slow!! That Is Why He Has More INT's Than All THE CB's ON The Fins COMBINED!!

Mando, what's the weather like out there?

Posted by: DC Dolfan | December 09, 2012 at 01:48 PM

DC's all time shortest post.

DC's avg post - 9 paragraphs, 45 sentences. 1 line of actual content

There is ONLY ONE poster in here who have an OBSESSIVE COMPULSATION about race.....

Thanks for REMOVING ALL DOUBT about yourself.....

I'm not discussing ANY players race with you....this is a FOOTBALL blog.....

DC, You think maybe the Hearld might not have flown Mando out to San Fran, I think there on the "Financal
cliff"....
Just saying, BTW, Being in DC, How crazed are the locals about Griffin??

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