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Review: PFF and Salguero look back at Chargers win

The Dolphins won amid chaos Sunday and the grades from this week's ProFootballFocus.com and Salguero tape and insight post reflect the good outing.

Here they are:

Offense

Tight end Charles Clay (+4.2) and Daniel Thomas (+3.3) had their best grades of the season to pickup a struggling offense. Clay’s rampaging TD catch came with Manti Te’o in coverage. Of Clay's 90 receiving yards, 77 came after the catch.

Lamar Miller still out-snapped Thomas 40-26, despite being out-touched 11 to 6.

Salguero: Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman continues to say he considers both Miller and Thomas as co-starters: "Pretty much. When I’ve been asked that question, that’s what I’ve said all along. I look at both of those guys as starters, and you kind of just go with the hot hand. I thought during the course of the game I thought they both ran well. Lamar (Miller) had some runs taken away from him because of penalties, some were ours and some were there’s. I thought Daniel (Thomas) ran very physical. He didn’t practice much last week. He missed some time, but he came out ready to go. When he was in there, he took full advantage of his opportunities. Sometimes it’s just a matter of opportunities when you are in there. It just happened to come up where he had some very well-blocked plays, but he certainly had some great after contact runs which I thought since I’ve been here the best we’ve been on runs after contact whether it be a pass, a catch or a run."

Rishard Matthews played 57 of 66 snaps after his breakout game last week.

Left guard Danny Watkins played 5 snaps at left guard in his debut as a Dolphin.

Tight ends Michael Egnew (18 snaps) and Dion Sims (8 snaps) saw time almost exclusively as run blockers.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill struggled to connect with his receivers downfield again. He was just 4 for 11 for 66 yards and a pick on passing attempts of 10+ yards. Tannehill made it a point to attack Derek Cox in coverage, targeting him 4 more times than any other defender. But, he connected just 4 of 9 times against him.

Salguero: Let's face it, when we're talking about downfield issues, what we really mean is Tannehill cannot seem to get the ball to Mike Wallace in stride. The ball is seemingly often underthrown or thrown late or thrown out of bounds. The irony here? Wallace is slowed by hamstring issues. So he's being underthrown despite not running as well as usual.

Check it out from Sherman:  “They’ve done that and part of it, Mike’s still feeling, still resting and working with his leg issue.  I thought Mike had a tremendous ballgame. He ran hard, and he ran his routes very disciplined.  He was open on a number of occasion and sometimes it was protection issues and we didn’t get him the ball, other times we just didn’t get him the ball, but I thought Mike (Wallace) had a tremendous impact in that ball game, because he changed how they played us and allowed us an opportunity to control the game with some runs and what not.  He started the game with a catch and a first down where he broke some tackles.  It kind of set a tempo for us, I thought, in that ball game.  (Brian) Hartline had one, obviously the running backs have theirs, (Charles) Clay had his for the touchdown, I thought the first one was Mike’s (Wallace) and I thought that kind of set the tempo for the game.  I think there’s familiarity that the two of them just have to an understanding with how that’s going to work.  We certainly underthrew him on a touchdown pass that we can’t do.  If they had scored at the end that could have been the ball game, we needed those points, we didn’t get them so that’s something that’s been a point of emphasis and it will continue to be.  We have to get them on the same page.  They are two willing participants and they want it to work, I think it’s just a matter of two guys getting used to each other.  It just takes a little bit of time."

The Dolphins had their most success running the ball behind the right side of their line, picking up 48 yards on eight rushes. However, they still produced 56 yards on their other 11 carries

Daniel Thomas picked up 32 of his 57 rushing yards after contact.

Brian Hartline had two uncharacteristic drops against Johnny Patrick.

Salguero: Not mentioned by PFF, but major props to Nate Garner. He spent the entire week working at left guard and then moved to center on Sunday. And he had only one line call mistake.

Sherman: “Nate really had only one mistake in communication. Mike Pouncey has been a stalwart in there.  For him to go in there and do what he had to do, just phenomenal.  I thought he did an excellent job.  Along the same lines, I have to take my hat off to (Ryan) Tannehill as well.  I don’t think there’s many quarterbacks in this league that, when they wake up on Sunday morning and the guy they’ve been taking snaps with since they’ve played in this league all of a sudden isn’t playing, he doesn’t bat an eyelash (he says) ‘Ok let’s go, no big deal.’  I think that’s a credit to him and that’s kind of the way he looks at things, he doesn’t sweat things very much.  It’s a credit to him and there’s things that he has to work on and get better at but one thing about him, he doesn’t get flustered or concerned about things like that.  (He says) ‘Ok, who’s up lets go.’  I do think Nate (Garner) did a fine job stepping in, in the absence of a very good player.  Those are big shoes to fill when you’re filling Mike Pouncey’s shoes.”

Defense

Dion Jordan settled back into his 20 snap role with 22 plays. In addition to two hurries rushing the quarterback, he helped out in the run game with a defensive stop on 7 plays.

Salguero: Last week defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle talked about Jordan being a part-time player the entire rest of the season. He told us to get used to it. This week, the tune has changed a bit.

Consider from Coyle: "Dion is like a power forward in basketball. He’s a very smooth athlete. He’s got great length, and he can run like a deer.  You put those qualities together, he’s not intimated, he’s actually bigger and taller than most of these guys or at least as tall as s some of these tight ends.  They’re used to smaller guys covering them and that’s a big advantage, the body positioning and boxing out and playing basketball which a lot of them do.  (Antonio) Gates is a perfect example, he’s a guy that can just muscle up on people like he’s waiting to get the ball in the low post and just catch a little hook route.  Dion covered him a few times yesterday and did a very good job, he’s very natural at those kinds of  things.  The more we can get him involved in those type of things as well as he had some good rushes in the game yesterday too.  We have to expand his role and keep him working because he can contribute and he is one of those guys that has the capability of making big plays for us."

Jimmy Wilson is the nickel cornerback no matter what. When Dmitri Patterson aggravated his injury, Wilson stayed at nickel corner, while Nolan Carroll took over the #2 spot. Wilson had 52 snaps to Carroll’s 47.

With Will Davis inactive and Jamar Taylor not playing any defensive snaps, the two rookies have combined to play just 45 defensive snaps on the season.

Philip Wheeler had his best grade in pass coverage all season (+1.5). Against Antonio Gates, he didn’t allow a catch on two targets, including a pass defensed. He allowed just two catches overall.

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WTF is Carolina running the wildcat for?

Wow! What a quick delivery by Cam N!

Well you kids behave now. I have to work tomorrow.

Times turn around.

Tom Brady, the best ever.

Beginning to look like a Brady passing clinic. Now 23 of 26, 86% completion. Game now tied 17 all.

88% completions

If Brady goes 12-4 with this team, may as well put him in the Hall Of Fame right nw. Why wait?

I was going to order a plane to fly #Fire Salguero over last Sunday's game, but he isn't even worth it. This guy is a hack as a sportswriter who probably got his degree from some Cuban Community College in Hialeah. 'Chargers win' enough said. I guess that is what happens when English is your second language cause you were born and raised in Miami.

No penetration by the Panthers front 7...Bradys jersey is way too clean. And on top of that the defense looks lost. Can't beat Brady that way.

I get pissed every time I see Rob Ninkovich get a sack. We had a coaching staff that didn't think he was good enough to play here.

When I swing a Sword my preference is the Excalibur.

Brady doesnt need 12-4 he's in the Hall many many moons ago.

If anyone has side-line access this sunday, Beware the Most Dangerous man I Returns is gonna be playing, No one will be safe with Ted(sideline)Ginn playing..

Ted Ginn The Hero

I'M ALREADY STILL PISSED BECAUSE MY CANES LOST TO DUKE!! BUT I'M ALSO SICK OF THIS BLAME WALLACE ALL THE DAM TIME WHEN IT'S SHERMAN AND TANNEHILL WHO HAS F UP HIS SEASON AND CAUSED TWO OF OUR OTHER STARTING WEAPONS TO GET HURT ALSO WITH POOR THROWS OR TIGHTLY CONTESTED THROWS.. LET'S FACE IT IF IT WASN'T FOR THE FACT THAT HE SIGNED FOR 60 MILLION WE WOULD NOT BE BASHING HIM FOR TANNEHILL AND SHERMANS F UP.. IMAGINE WHAT BRADY WOULD DO WITH WALLACE OR PEYTON MANNING, OR BREES HELL THE EAGLES QB IS MAKING RILEY COOPER A "PRO BOWLER" WHY? THEY ALL KNOW HOW TO GET THE BALL TO A WR WHO HAS BEATEN HIS MAN DEEP. HAD TANNEHILL DONE HIS DAMN JOB WITH THE DEEP PASSES TO WALLACE THIS YEAR WALLACE WOULD ALREADY HAVE AT LEAST 6-7 TDS AND PROBABLY 500 MORE YARDS BY NOW.. SHERMAN HAS NO IDEA HOW TO USE HIM OR ANY OF OUR OTHER TALENT EXCEPT HARTLINE WHO IS A TANNEHILL CLONE AT WR.. GET OFF WALLACE HE HAS KEPT HIS MOUTH SHUT SINCE THE CLEVELAND GAME(LITTLE DID WE KNOW THEN THAT HE WAS RIGHT AND SAW WHAT WE DID NOT SEE AS A LONG GOING PROBLEM) WAS HE WORTH 60 MIL ?? HELL NO !! ARE YOU PAYING IT OUT OF YOUR POCKET? NO !! THEN STFU !! GO FINS GOOD WIN!!

SamIAm,

You proved last week that you're clueless about women.

When you ignorantly believed that ALL woman are like your mother.

Respectable, sweet, kind, caring etc...

It's not like that.

Your post on page one here proved that you know nothing about members of law enforcement.

Most cops became cops because they're too dumb to make it in anything else.

The same stereotype that applies to members of the armed forces applies to cops. They're stupid people, not exactly college material.

Many cops are former members of the military.

They struggled with academics, were C students in school and lack ambition as a result.

They don't want to work, they're lazy people, that's a large part of the job's appeal...along with the benefits.

Lmao, they're hardly trustworthy people.

Cops deal with the underworld everyday, same a bail bondsman and pawn brokers. They frequently cross the line as crime pays.

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Cops have absolute power, they basically answer to no one, they have a club and their unions are strong.

They are all liars, they're expected to lie.

They lie on police reports (especially when probable cause needs to be created), they lie in court to help the prosecutions case, and they lie to internal affairs and stick together (again basically accountable to no one).

Do you read anything other than the sports section in the paper ?

The liberal media loves to run with the anti-cop theme because it's sensationalist and it sells. The stories you read about involving corruption and the abuse of authority are not isolated incidents, anymore than they are where politicians are concerned.

Cops are neither respectable nor trustworthy.

Have no illusions, most are bad people.

I've heard this directly from cops and their relatives.

Finally, proving how dumb they are is the fact that most pigs are republitards, despite the fact that they're union workers lol.

WHAT I TOLD U CUBAN?
I TOLD U I WAS COMING, DIDNT I?

Tanny cant hit the deep pass at all

I would love to see a mid season grading for all teams of the 2013 draft. I'm confused on why we have nothing to show or this draft yet.

Let me see. Jordan part time #3 overall. Taylor , Davis no snaps. We had the bet draft never to play. I don't understand it?

TK SWANN AND FIRE ROSS KILL MARTIN JAIL POUNCEY,


Your posts are way too long to read. Please make them much shorter if you want people to read them.

Bill Assburger,

I exercised my right to freedom of speech above.

Thank a veteran of The War of 1812 for me.

That's the last time someone fought for my freedumb.

...and you're dumb for not understanding as much.

Has Ireland talked yet?

What a finish to the Pats/Panthers game. Ironic a ref's call was over ruled in the end.

Panthers win! Great job refs, lmao.

And we looking forward to playing yoi as well.

The Cuban carries my jock strap to lunch every day.

Reporters at scared to death to ask Bellichik questions after the game.

SamIam,

Put your ego aside.

Learn something here.

....I was shocked that the Refs picked up the flag on the last play of that game. If that isn't illegal contact. What is??? Kind of proves there isn't a weekly league wide conspiracy in favor of New England...That is 2 games they got shafted on the last play of the game...

I'm not saying for a second they do not get their fair share of the calls..I'm just saying the idea there is a conspiracy in the league is about as likely as Aliens landing on Earth tonight

Will it be Fins 6-5 or 5-6 after the Panthers game?

6-5 means the loss to the Bucs was a fluke and the team has turned the corner.

5-6? I hate to think what that would mean.

That last play wouldn't have happened if they didn't call 2 bogus penalties on the Panthers in the last drive. The Ref's kept the Patriots in the game.

Posted by: FIRE ROSS KILL MARTIN JAIL POUNCEY | November 18, 2013 at 11:44 PM

I read your post and somewhat agree. Just not interested in going on and with or about the poster you call Bill Assburger. lmao

The Pats get so many bogus calls against other teams, so what if the refs didn't get the game ending call right.

NOBODY benefits more from bogus ref calls than the New England Patriots.

The Brady tuck rule cheated the Raiders out of a SB trip. So who cares if a call FINALLY goes against the Pats to lose a game.

Im sure none but Pats fans are crying about this. The rest of the football nation is likely celebrating.

Darryl

They picked up the flat because there was no way Gronk could have caught the ball. It's a totally legit call. The ball was way under thrown and Gronk was moving further away from it, not heading to it.

...Sam I Am..Perhaps you are right. My point is that people claim there is a conspiracy in favor of certain teams...I am saying if that was true...The play at the end of the game..That was at least defensive holding would have been called.

The thing is that the call was blown. Could you imagine if the was us against Carolina..Phin fans would be going ballistic. Conspiracy..Conspiracy to put us down and advance...Carolina??????? Really?

One ref threw the flag because he saw the contact. The rule is clear though. It is not PI or Holding if the receiver has no legitimate shot at catching the ball.

The call was not blown. You will see the NFL referee committee confirm that by tomorrow morning. Totally legit call.

FRKMJP,

Your constant hate for our military is astonishing. What happened? Did someone(Kris) Knock down your Old Lady and left you to raise the B'stard. Let me guess you are mad cause the little Idiot doesn't even look like you.

Also, I wouldn't question other peoples intelligence when the first 2 words in your name make Zero Sense. You can ask Ross to sell. Not to fire the owner. It shows how much of a blowhard you are.

Your Pompous attitude is sickening. Plus, it shows you are a man of little intellect.

Watching the replays, even if that defender is not even there it is still an interception. No question. No foul.

Posted by: Darryl Dunphy | November 18, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Not really a conspiracy, but the NFL does have it's flagship qb's and flagship franchise. Unquestionably, flagship franchises, qb's, and players do get benefit of the doubt from refs more so than others.

It's pretty much like that in all sports. Been so long since the Dolphins have been winner or even relevant. We almost never ge benefit of the doubt from officiating.

..Hash...Alright..then it was illegal contact. I wan't arguing that it was PI.I saw the piece with the ref on ESPN too. I'm not buying what he said.. How many HOlding penalties have you seen that were much less offensive in nature then that last play?? Or Illegal contact?

Really I don't care because the Pats lost..My whole point is that there is no league wide conspiracy that favors any team... That call, or no call however you want to judge it..is evidence that bad calls are just a part of the game..No foil hat conspiracy.

FRK is right about cops and especially the military.

What intelligent person would ever join the military? Oh yeah, I want to exercise and shower with hundreds of men and be away from women for months at a time.

You do that if you have no other options in life - no skill set, no academic ability, and no courage to take a chance on doing something that isn't handed to you by Uncle Sam.

Hash,

The last play wouldn't have happened if the Pats don't get 2 Bogus pass interference calls to extend the last drive. So it was only right that the 3rd Non-pass interference call gets picked up. You can only cheat so much.

Darryl,

I have no comment on the conspiracy theory. I don't see how you think that was a flag. He was out of position with no chance to make a play. Take that defender away and it is still a pick.

You saw contact that is only illegal if the receiver has a legit shot at the ball. He didn't.

Good call.

That is my final word.

Pats got screwed that was definitely interference.

Plus, there isn't a team over an entire decade that has been the positive recipient of bad calls by refs.

Even had it been a bad call, there isn't a team in the NFl more due to finally have a bad call go against them, than the Pats.

FRK is right about cops and especially the military.

Posted by: Mollusk | November 19, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Allow myself to agree with myself eh?

..Sam I Am..Agreed. Good teams, star players in every sport on the planet get preferential treatment. I think that is an unfair fact of pro sports. My issue is that we stink..So we never get the benefit of the doubt. It isn't a conspiracy. Bad calls happen.You could go through a handful of games yesterday where calls may have swayed an outcome..

I think the game is so fast, the rules so convoluted. It makes it nearly impossible to make on the spot calls correct every time. What has happened is that with the growth, and popularity. The fact that all games are televised, in High Def...Every call is crucified...If it goes against your team.

We stink..Until we do not stink..We will keep getting shafted..We play so many close games every call is critical.

Nimrod and friend,

You need a college degree to become an Officer in the Military. Plus, everyone in the Military knows after basic training it is basically a F'ckfest. What happens in the dorm stays in the dorm. I've even heard stories that in Co-ed basic training it is also a F'ckfest.

But it is funny that those who have never experienced something are the main ones commenting on how something is. Again, it shows how big of a clown some are.

..Hash..Fair enough.. You don't have to answer as you have made your point clear. But ask yourself this. And be honest. If that was our game and the no call was against us. Would you feel the same way?

The Panthers are going manhandle us

2014 @ 11:45,

I disagree, Miami has done the same thing they've done since Irefiend and ross took over, their too consistant with hovering under .500 and too inconsistant with being one of the worst teams in the league. Which basically means they're stuck in the middle...also known as mediocreville.........JUST SAYIN!!!

The Panthers didn't get charged with a penalty until the 2nd Half. When the Pats and The Refs started to make a comeback.

I would like to know how old do you have to be to think that they are no women in the modern military.

Darryl, I agree with you, the dolphins had a bad call against Pittsburg when the ball was fumble into the end zone and we came up with it, the excuse to not give it to us was that the whistle was blown, of course no one hear the whistle, the call tonight was correct, end of the story. As far as the fool talking about the Police and Military, what can you say. Bill

Darryl, honestly speaking...I saw it as a clear no call. That actually is a very common 'no call'. Typically you see PI but the ball sails way over the defenders head and there is no flag because the interference didn't prevent a reception. The interference on Gronk did not prevent him from catching the ball, he was running further away from an under thrown ball and a defender already had perfect position on it.

I want to join the Navy. Set out to sea for six months with 500 men.

Everybody knows that Kris is the dumbest blogger here.
Kris is a military slog.

I would like to know how old do you have to be to think that they are no women in the modern military.

Posted by: ? | November 19, 2013 at 12:37 AM

It depends how you define women.

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