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Random thoughts for a Monday afternoon

Still feeling the high from Sunday's 27-23 victory over the Atlanta Falcons? Allow me to share some thoughts to feed your buzz aside from my column in today's Herald:

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill showed up bigtime on the final drive. He began by telling his teammates to forget everything (much of it bad) that had happened in the game previously. Then he authored a 75-yard game winner that included him doing his job and even helping offensive coordinator Mike Sherman do his.

Yes, it was Tannehill that suggested that one-yard pass to tight end Dion Sims to take the lead.

"The orginal call was something else and I suggested that one," Tannehill said. "It's something I liked. Coach [Mike} Sherman agreed and thought it was a great idea. It's a play we know very well, and Dion stepped up and made a great play."

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Dion Sims has a flare for the dramatic, I'll give him that.

That game winning catch? One handed.

That game winning catch? The first of his career.

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Sims is a very quiet kid. He was asked his thoughts as he's making that important catch.

"I didn't really think about the situation," he said. "I knew it was crunch time and I just wanted to go out there. We ran that play in practice. I knew it was coming."

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The Dolphins run-defense was surprisingly bad. The Dolphins had allowed only 180 rushing yards the first two games of the season. They gave up 146 yards on Sunday.

No doubt the absence of run-stopper Paul Soliai had an effect on the situation. I texted David Canter, Soliai's agent during the game and suggested his player's price was going up because the team really missed him.

"Nah, don't bet on that," Canter texted back.

We'll see. I would be surprised if Soliai plays against the Saints, with the only reason to have hope being that it's a Monday night game thus giving the player an extra day to recover from his knee injury.

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Tannehill has reached the all important 2-1 ratio of TDs to INTs for the season. He has four TDs and 2 INTs.

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I don't often talk to John Denney despite the fact he's the longest-tenured Dolphins player. Truth is there are 53 guys on the roster and I simply don't get around to all of them.

But in his 131st consecutive game played for Miami, Denney came away with a big fumble recovery on a punt. It was impressive because when he dove into the pile, an Atlanta player had the ball in his grasp and Denney somehow took it away.

"There was some wrestling going on down there," Denney said. "But all that matters is when the refs get to the bottom of the pile, you're the one with a majority of the ball."

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I have no update on Cameron Wake's knee injury. He wasn't too eager to discuss it after the game and said he didn't even remember how it happened other than the fact someone rolled him up.

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Michael Egnew caught his first career pass. It gained eight yards.

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I could see Richie Incognito biting his tongue when he was asked about the poor pass protection of Tannehill.

"We don't know until we watch the tape," he began, which is always a bridge from I hate this line of questioning. "There's a lot of different factors to pass protection. It's more than just the offensive line. So we have to watch the tape to figure out what's going on."

Well, what's going on is the line got beat, for sure. Incognito and left tackle Jonathan Martin failed to recognize and react properly on a stunt that led to one of Osi Umenyiora's two sacks.

But there were other folks responsible as well. Running back Daniel Thomas got beat for a sack. Tight end Dion Sims got beat for a sack.

And, yes, sometimes Tannehill holds the football waaaay too long. Has to clean that up.

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Yes, Sunday's comeback victory was impressive. But you know what else impressed me about the Dolphins this day?

The Colts.

Consider that Indianapolis went to San Francisco and carved up the 49ers. Consider that it wasn't even close. And when you consider that in the context of Miami beating the Colts in Indianapolis a week ago, you should be impressed also.

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id rather be lucky then good.

Now, they're talking about Wake being out 2-3 weeks! Ugh!

Mark...Phins 78....anybody I might have missed....

Thanks for the the shout-out....

it just seemed to me that the wrting was on the wall...and Mr. Ross was just prepping us for the news....

Live the win, buy do the dolphins target Wallace once deep? Doesn't that have to be done a couple times game?

mando,
with the rest of the league knowing the strength of our team is the defensive front seven, opponants will do their best to negate it just as atlanta did with quick short passes(zero sacks of matt ryan)...that being said and the fact our skill players can't pick up the blitz in combination with the success that we have shown running the shotgun hurry-up(end of first half & game winning drive) wouldn't you agree that our playing calling should be similar to that of atalanta's favoring heavily toward the qick passing game so as not to loose tannehill to injury? got to say this though,...as hard as i was pounding the table for a thumping runningback in the draft, and the fact that we still do NOT have a chain moving runningback to assist the offense---just shows how good of a job tannehill and the rest of the offense really is! i am loving me some dolphins!!!

was i the only who heard NFL networks kurt warner dis our beloeved dolphins before the game? cocky kurt who had the likes of marshall faulk in his backfield had the balls to say" i don't know how miami could POSSIBLY be 2-0"...well kurt, you are right, we are now 3-0, and unlike you, taneehill has done it with out a running game to speak of, two road game wins, one of which was against the colts who just went up to san fran and kicked tail...and now a win againsta team that was 10 yards away from playing in last years superbowl....need i mention that none of these 3 wins came as a hollow victory where as our opponants played sloppy, or turned the ball over repeatedly from the aforementioned sloppy play...no, miami did it with meager pass protection and chain moving run game to speak of.....you go miami!!! kurt warner, now what could miami do with players like marshal faulk,??? miami is for real!

Thank u Mando for bringing up the Indianapolis win over the 48ers point. That should the Fins a lot of credibility in the League.
Mathis is definitely a really good team.

Go Fins!

Unless I missed, why no love for Clay?
That guy had a monster game. He now LOOKS like the part. I saw him gesture a few times regarding coverages, etc. Nothing close to a bobble when he got his hands on it. The confidence is oozing out, and it's palpable.

If we sign Keller (as we should IF he recovers...a BIG if, unfortunately) we would have a top 5 TE combo with Clay, Keller and Sims. You almost think Clay could occasionally either play the slot, giving Grimes a breather, or as they are doing, RB, but as a receiver, sort of a (ahem) Hernandez sort of thing?

Any news on Patterson? With no Wake, we'll need all the DB's we can suit up.

It was easy to see Daniel Thomas pushing incoming LBs and of course failing to stop them getting to Tannehill. Lamar is worse than Thomas is at blocking. Big HA. Unless you get a FB or a TE in the backfield to protect RT but that will take away some of our weapons and formations.

Oscar, so true. BUT...so far, I've counted 5 sacks that occurred after Tanny had 6 full counts to get rid of it. 1 was 7 counts.
WAY to long for a West Cost offense. That last drive is what we should always be doing, with a a deep ball to Wallace or Hartline sprinkled in. Finally, we have 4 excellent receivers on the field simultaneously, counting our TE.

Sherman sucks at calling plays and line assignments. He needs to let the Smart ONE, Tannehill do more of that. Soliai was sorely missed. But 3-0 is a thrill ride.

To the "Homer" Armondo. Multiply 5 X 16 and see how many sacks the OL will give up, for this yr at their current pace. Yes, Tannyhille, sometimes holds the ball to long, sometimes the RB misses a pass block, but all the time an OL-men misses an assignment and a DE, DT, LB, is running amuck, unopposed, to the QB recording another sack. The OL has a whole sucks. Wheres your stat web page that lists everything including blocks. Uncle Joe's presser after game boiled down to this,,,"Id rather be lucky then Good". And right now the Dolphins are riding Luck very hard.

In truth, the biggest problem is joe philbins infatuation with daniel thomas, miller is the far superior running back, he is simply more explosive and now even a better pass protector... Why give a guy who we all know has the ability to break off big runs given enough carries so little touches? What is philbin trying to prove? Its sad and he is trying to keep ireland happy or something so he can say hey i drafted two good running backs! When the truth is thomas deserves nothing more than 30 percent of the touches from the backfield. These are little things that doom teams, not giving the ball to your best players, yeah we are 3-0 but we are far from a great team.... Adding a stable running game makes this team better and giving lamar miller upwards of at least 15 carries per game makes the running game better, if philbin cant see that, he needs to be fired because i dont trust that kind of stupid udgment come playoff time, aaron Rodgers saved his butt in green bay and tanny is no aaron rodgers.

Well, they are insisting on going with a one RB setup. "There is still space for a FB in this League", Joe Philbin, 2 wks ago. Good Luck.

Well, you saw it yesterday. You give Lamar Miller a crease and he can be long gone.

WHAT'S STARTING TO HAPPEN THIS YEAR IS WHAT I SAW LAST YEAR WHEN I PUT UP THE BIGGEST FUSS ABOUT GETTING MIKE WALLACE. THAT IS THE DOLPHINS NEEDED SOME ONE TO STRETCH THE FIELD AND OPEN THINGS UP FOR THE OTHER RECEIVERS AND THIS IS CLEARLY HAPPENING THIS YEAR. LAST YEAR TANNEHILL HAD NO ONE TO THROW TO EXCEPT HARTLINE(THANKS TO THE FRONT OFFICE DOING A TERRIBLE JOB)LAST SEASON THE FINS LOST GAMES BECAUSE WE HAD NO KICKER REMEMBER WELL WE DON'T HAVE THAT PROBLEM THIS YEAR DO WE. REMEMBER HOW LAST YEAR WE COULD NOT NOT COME UP WITH THE BIG PLAY WHEN IT COUNTED IN THE END?? WE DON'T HAVE THAT PROBLEM NOW DO WE. LAST YEAR WE HAD THE BEST REDZONE DEFENSE IN THE LEAGUE!! WELL THIS YEAR WE GIVE UP FAR MORE FIELD GOALS THAN TOUCHDOWNS!! LOOK AT YESTERDAY!! MY POINT IS MAYBE JUST MAYBE WE WASN'T AS BAD AS WE THOUGHT..NOW WE ONLY HAVE TO GET BETTER BECAUSE WE ARE STILL ONE OF THE YOUNGEST TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE. FIX THE OL,GET THE RUNNING GAME GOING AND WATCH OUT.. GO FINS !! BEAT THE SAINTS!! 4-0 IS NEXT.

Ms. Ross signed FIRELAND to an extension. Good results so far, but FIRELAND is a useless waste. Anybody that defends FIRLAND is a useless waste as well.

Hate to say it, but Ireland has earned his contract extension, even if it was only for one more year (good, Ross)...read the names he's gotten on this team:

Wake,Tannehill,Grimes,Wallace,Gibson,Clay,Moore(vs Orton, remember that ??),R.Jones,D.Jones,Jordan,Pouncey,Thigpen, Sturgis,Wheeler, Ellerbe,Odrick ...
this team can go 11-5...! and, ahem, much if it would come from the guys above, who, you know who went and got.

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