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Bills bring sacks, Dolphins offer improved protection

The enduring picture the Dolphins should have of their first meeting with the Buffalo Bills this year is of defensive end Mario Williams beating offensive tackle Tyson Clabo for a sack, stripping the football, and having it recovered by teammate Kevin Williams at the Dolphins 34 yard line.

A few plays later the Bills kicked a game winning field goal.

The sack sticks in the memory for both teams. The sack also speaks to that which has at times defined both teams.

The Dolphins have allowed an NFL high 51 sacks this season. Those sacks have accounted for 353 lost yards, multiple fumbles and something far more lasting: Those sacks have put the Dolphins on the verge of breaking the franchise record for sacks allowed in one season.

That number is 53 sacks allowed in 1969.

The Bills' defense, on the other hand, leads the NFL with 49 sacks. Buffalo has four players with at least eight sacks and Mario Williams leads that charge with 12. He is merely 2.5 sacks short of setting his own career best in tormenting of the quarterback.

So that's where the Dolphins offensive line and Buffalo defensive line will find themselves initially on Sunday. Buffalo's strength against Miami's weakness.

Bad, right?

But there is hope for the Dolphins. The offensive line the Bills faced in that first game Oct. 6 is gone. Changed. Kaput.

The left guard is different. The left tackle is different. And while the right tackle remains the same, he's playing like a different guy. The Dolphins were allowing 4.4 sacks per game on average before, with Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin and the early-season Tyson Clabo in the lineup.

They are allowing 2.6 sacks on average with Sam Brenner/Nate Garner and Bryant McKinnie and a resurrected Clabo in the lineup.

So has quarterback Ryan Tannehill noticed? Does he feel more comfortable in the pocket now?

“Yes, I think so," he said Wednesday. " It’s natural I think when you’re being protected more, being given a little more time. Building that confidence, receivers knowing that I’m going to have an extra half second, second, whatever it may be. Myself, feeling comfortable to go through second and third read, maybe not having to force it to that first guy. It plays a big part in our offense.”

There has been no better change in direction than Clabo. He yielded eight sacks and 19 hurries his first six games this season. Then the Dolphins traded for McKinnie who moved in as the left tackle and Martin moved over to right tackle for one week.

Clabo was benched in the first meeting against New England.

Well, a week later Martin was AWOL and the Dolphins turned back to Clabo. And in the seven games since going back in the lineup, Clabo has yielded three sacks and nine hurries -- meaning he's basically cut his sacks and hurries allowed by more than half.

"He’s not getting beat obviously and he’s run blocking well to go along with good pass blocking," Tannehill said. " Obviously, I don’t know O-line fundamentals but he’s keeping guys away from me and he’s doing a great job of that."

So what does this all mean?

The Bills will undoubtedly be the most difficult opponent the Miami offensive line faces this year if they want to keep Tannehill upright. But it also means the Bills would be mistaken if they think they'll be facing the same Miami offensive line they faced last time.

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he KILLS you in EVERY debate

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Dashi=dashit

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MIT SAD I WAS YG?

CRAIG M=MORON SAID I WAS DAYTONA?

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MIT is canadien bacon

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YOU have NO job

YOU have no FRIENDS

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Mandy beats down the MORON=PRICELESS

Posted by: FIRE ROSS KILL MARTIN JAIL POUNCEY | December 19, 2013 at 07:20 PM

Something you can relate to, he is still hiding in shame.

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LOSE NEXT 2 GAMES

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DUMB HOMERS

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HAPPY

AND

ANGRY because it wasn't by my hand.

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MARCO I order you

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If so don't blame yourself my friend, you were young and didn't know thats what Santa did to little lads like you.

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You do the 500 word diatribe on anything you like and I'll do your bidding sir !!!!


If so don't blame yourself my friend, you were young and didn't know thats what Santa did to little lads like you.

Posted by: Marco | December 19, 2013 at 07:46 PM

Is that your Little fantasy MARCO THE CHILD MOLESTER?

Marco vs FIRE ROSS

Posted by: Troll vs Troll (Loser vs Loser) (pansy vs daffodil) | December 19, 2013 at 07:49 PM

you can p1ss off and mind your own, no ones interested in you my friend.

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MARCO THE CHILD MOLESTER you are the puppet

I tell all what to do

I OWN the HOMERS on this blog

My main station is to ruin this blog daily

TannE Does not understand o line fundamentals.Dont take my word but he said so in this article.sorry just trying to get back on topic.I personally believe he is just bull shtin,because he is the leader of the offense andshould know all the fundamentals even on defense and special teams for that matter.

Posted by: Troll vs Troll (Loser vs Loser) (pansy vs daffodil) | December 19, 2013 at 07:49 PM

Im here too and have my own gameplan.

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Then I will write the 500 word diatribe you require.

You have no education

Do Not try to analyze me

or call TACO BELL

Or the mall and ask for Bill A Mall Cop

that is my COMMAND MARCO the CHILD MOLESTER

FRKMJP=ALoco=Oscar=take your pick

FIRE ROSS,

Where you been hiding?

Welcome back you silly f@ggot!

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I still stand with coach philbin and the Miami dolphins,I did after our loss to tampa...when every body was ready to fire philbin and today when everybody is calling him coach of the year.the guy on espn thinks he should be coach of the year as well,but he calls him coach filmin...idiot.I don't know if he calls himfilmin becaue of his new England dialect or he is truly clueless of his name,either way...idiot

Marco vs FIRE ROSS

Snot vs Snot

Phins lose today...I am correct.

Posted by: FIRE ROSS KILL MARTIN JAIL POUNCEY | December 08, 2013 at 01:04 PM

Smug = Dumb
Feeling of superiority = Dumber
Thinking you know more than everyone means you know nothing.

Fire Ross - the problem with your feeble defenses is that they don't even fool you. how sad is that?

My boyfriend is a f@ggot!

FIRE ROSS


Uhhh...time to change your name.

I may not be the smartest person, but one thing I've learned is to ignore all the trolling and insulting posts that fly around here - it's the only way they'll go away.

I may not be the smartest person, but one thing I've learned is to ignore all the trolling and insulting posts that fly around here - it's the only way they'll go away.

Posted by: MassDolphan | December 19, 2013 at 08:23 PM

I guess you are not so smart. The trolling and juvenile behavior here has been growing non stop for years. It was once a good blog.

Now it is kiddie corner for frustrated losers.

Ernie,go take a soak with Big Bird and Oscar naked in the hot tub Eh? and Stupid from the U.P. will join you after he gets his bikini wax with the Cuban Marica Eh?

True parity has arrived. Throw the records aside. Any team entering the playoffs this season has an equal chance to go all the way. If I were a betting man, I'd bet against the favorites.

If it means sending the patsies back to their basement on a permanent basis and getting into the playoffs every year, I seriously hope Ross puts everyone in the high-wire 24/7/366 from now on.

Meanwhile it looks like muh Dolphins have like 99999999999 problems, but the QB ain't one ;)

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Sounds like a name of a gay pounding cornholer.

Miam1 Dolphins Eh?

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Hey, People, I'm just riding Daytona here. Don't take it so seriously.

Oscar you area Daytona WTF are you talking about you fake doctor?


FRKMJP=ALoco=Oscar=take your pick

Posted by: yup. | December 19, 2013 at 07:58 PM


Marco=Sam=17in=YG/DB=take your pick

Posted by: yup. | December 19, 2013 at 08:00 PM

This seems to be correct and actually explains a lot. So now we must ask seriously why does Armando allow this? I don't wanna hear about blog hits because I am sure the abuse chases away more good bloggers than it attracts.


Oscar you are a Daytona WTF are you talking about you fake doctor?

Posted by: Greg | December 19, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Guaranteed that loser, F^ggot Marco will pop out while Im on here now.

Hmmm You sure about Sam? He seems fair with some good post.

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Every blogger here without exception either has no girlfriend or has an undesirable wife, or for whatever reason she no longer wants to get nasty.

Hence the unquenchable frustration and hostility among you all.

I'm not sure, but I think there are only 2 posters here besides me and Armando.

When your children grow up do you want them to be sad sack posters like yourselves?

While overall the Dolphins offense is ranked middle of the pack, the team's passing attack is highly rated. ProFootballFocus has the Phins at #7 through the air, behind the Chargers, Saints, Broncos, Bears, Seahawks and Packers.

As many here have mentioned, the NFL favors passing teams today and it appears the Dolphins finally have one. This might help explain why M Sherman seems to call pass plays more often- especially at critical junctures- than some fans would like to see. That is, he is merely going with his strongest option.

With playoffs looming, the team's aerial crew is responding with TDs, critical conversions and even highlight reel plays lately. And while the team has been inconsistent throughout the year, as a fan it feels good to be heading toward the end of regular season play with the team still appearing to be getting better rather than hanging on by it's fingernails.

Again, the key to this Game will be the amount and quality of protection that Tannehill will get. (parece que Armando se enpin-o)

Wow, Daytona went haywire in this place yesterday. Apparently, I'm a Canadian. Sorry guys, it's true.

Tannehill was getting some major kudos on NFL Network this morning.
Said he has great poise for getting hit so much this year and said he looked very bit as good as Brady last Sunday.

I'd say the kid has arrived.

MIT,

Yeah the medication needs to be re-calibrated for sure.

Funny it all kicked off after Bill left ... HMMMMMM ?

NYPD, never heard of him...... HMMMMMM ?

This all started after I said the Bills present us the the bigger threat, which I still stand by.

NH I really hope he can finish the season strong. And not even for playoff purposes. Don't get me wrong, playoffs would be nice but I had my mind set before the season that the Dolphins would end 9-7 in 7th place so playoffs for me are just a bonus.

I want him to finish strong, even if the team doesn't. It will make everyone including me feel A LOT better about this off season and our chances to unseat the Pats next year. Just keep progressing. It's weird because I'm really excited about what I've seen in the second half out of T-Hill but I don't want to go overboard. I guess being a Dolphins fan I've learned to temper my expectations.

I'm seeing what he's doing, it's standing out in the NFL, and I still can't fully accept it. lol I'm so scared the other shoe will drop, like it's just been a mirage and won't last. If he can keep it going I will be fully on board the T-Hill train for the off season, just finish strong.

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