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August 23, 2014

Marino a Dolphins advisor now, reaction from game

The Dolphins and Hall of Famer Dan Marino have agreed that he will join the organization as an advisor, according to a source.

Marino, 53 in September, will report to owner Stephen Ross and CEO Tom Garfinkel. An announcement is expected next week.

Marino has attended practice each of the past two weeks and was at the Dolphins 25-20 victory over Dallas this evening. He has been in talks with the team about joining its ranks in some capacity for over two years but seriously since April.

On other matters, I just got back from the locker room and here are some reactions:

Coach Joe Philbin on the performance of the first-team offense:

"I thnk we moved the football well, but when you turn the ball over in the red zone one time and close to the red zone another time it's difficult."

Philbin on Knowshon Moreno, who rushed for 64 yards on 10 carries:

"I thought he ran the ball well. I thought his vision was very good. He broke a couple of tackles which is a positive thing. So all indications are he ran well."

Philbin on starting quarteback Ryan Tannehill:

"I thought he played well overall. And I'm sure he'd say the same thing, down there when you're in scoring position against Cover 2, you can't turn the ball over when you're about to get some points. I thought he managed the game well. He was seeing the field. I thought he had good command."

Tannehill on the offense:

"We didn't score points. That's what we're out there to  do. I threw an interception down in the red zone. You can't have that. We had our chances. I thought we ran the ball effectively. It's good to see Knowshon [Moreno] out there running hard ... We ran the ball well. I'm happy to see that. But we have to finish drives."

Tannehill on his interception:

"It was Cover 2. I saw it. It was a stupid decision, stupid throw. I had Jarvis [Landry] wide open underneath. I should have gone with the checkdown."

Tannehill on missing a deep throw to Mike Wallace that would have resulted in TD:

"He did the right thing. He did exactly like we talk about in practice. He widened back to his landmark. I did the wrong thing because I threw to his inside release. I have to trust he's going to get back to his landmark just like we practiced and put it out there for him. Bad landmark on my part."

Injuries:

The Dolphins are going to be looking for a kicker tomorrow. John Potter injured his hip in the first half. Caleb Sturgis continues to deal with a groin injury. Not good.

Reserve LG Billy Turner left the locker room wearing a walking boot on his left leg. He is dealing with a foot injury.

 

Dolphins versus Cowboys live blog here

It's the big rehearsal game tonight -- except not for running back Daniel Thomas.

Thomas is among the players sitting out the Dolphins third preseason game, this one against the Dallas Cowboys at Sun Life Stadium. His satus on the club is obviously in jeapordy but that concern probably comes as much from players outside the roster than on.

The fact that Mike Gillislee is also missing tonight's game and missed last week has not allowed him to bust through the opening Thomas not playing has created. But other teams will be cutting players so watch the waiver wire because the Dolphins will be.

Other players not dressing tonight, according to the team are Koa Misi, who is not playing for unknown reasons. Jason Trusnik will start at middle linebacker instead.

[Update: Misi injury is a shoulder.]

K Caleb Sturgis, KR Marcus Thigpen, DB Walt Aikens, C Mike Pouncey, DT Terrence Fede, TE Arthur Lynch, and DT A.J. Francis also are not dressing.

Interestingly, Lynch has missed every game this preseason so far as well and still has not been cleared to practice full. He has an unreported injury.

Shelley Smith will start at right guard. Daryn Colledge will start at left guard.

This game will mark the return of the live blog. It happens below.

Live Blog Miami Dolphins vs. Dallas Cowboys (Preseason): Aug. 23, 2014
 

Is plowing the Cowboys good or bad?

Joe Philbin is hoping his team scores 25 points per game this year, which would give the Dolphins a whopping 400 points for the season. But the thing about tonight's preseason game against Dallas is if the Dolphins score 25 points, that might be a disappointment.

Dallas, you see, has a horrible defense.

The Cowboys allowed 27 points per game last season. Their rush defense was bad and ranked No. 27 in the NFL last season which was surpassed in failure only by the pass defense which ranked 30th in the NFL last season.

And if you think this is a new year and things are better consider the Cowboys gave up 27 points in their first preseason game -- and lost. And they gave up 37 points against the Ravens in their second preseason game -- and lost.

So life could be easy on the Miami offense tonight at Sun Life Stadium.

And it says here that could be good. Or bad.

Obviously, the Dolphins want to enjoy some success against the Cowboys to cement confidence onto the foundation new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor has been laying. Success is good, in this regard.

But there are other ways to view what can happen.

Suppose the Dolphins light up the Cowboys defense. Is that a true test? Is that going to give people -- particularly you -- a false sense of what this team is likely to be in the regular season? Will a good outing tonight be a window on the future or a mirage?

And what if the Dolphins, who have struggled to run the ball this preseason, don't exactly plow through the Dallas defense? If you cannot do it to them, what hope do they have of doing it to Bill Belichick's defense? Or the Buffalo defense?

The Dolphins are in something of a no-win situation here. They perform against Dallas, some will say everyone does it. They fail to perform against Dallas, some will be reaching for panic buttons.

These questions make this preseason game interesting.

It will be interesting to see if Dan Marino is at tonight's game. He has visited Dolphins camp twice in the past couple of weeks and, as I write in my column today, has looked very comfortable mingling with team staffers.

So is the long discussed job with the Dolphins closer to reality for Marino?

Read this and it might enlighten you.