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September 15, 2013

Dolphins getting praise; Playoff odds for 2-0 teams; UM note

Six very quick Dolphins notes, and one UM item:

### The Dolphins’ 2-0 start has caught the attention of national analysts.

“Miami fans, you’ve got a football team to go along with your basketball team now,” Tony Dungy said on NBC. “I think Miami’s legit. Very good defense.”

Said Rodney Harrison: “I have to agree with you because the gap in the AFC East has closed. The Patriots don’t look like the dominant team we’re used to seeing.”

### Paul Soliai left with a knee injury, but his agent – David Canter – tweeted that “so far the news is encouraging. We will know more [Monday].” Soliai said after the game that he will be fine.

### For those who wondered, since 1990, 63 percent of NFL teams that started 2-0 made the playoffs (119 of 188), according to ESPN. It’s 41 percent for teams that start 1-1, just 12 percent for teams that start 0-2.

### Ryan Tannehill, who had a subpar 76.1 quarterback rating as a rookie, is at 94.6 after two games –which narrowly ranks in the top half of the league. Tannehill stands 15th, a smidgen behind Tony Romo and ahead of Sam Bradford, Matt Schaub and Robert Griffin III, among others.

### Jeff Ireland’s offseason linebacker swap paid dividends Sunday. Not only did Philip Wheeler sack Andrew Luck to end the Colts’ final drive, but he and Dannell Ellerbe combined for 26 tackles, with Ellerbe closing with 14.

### Check out the video of Joe Philbin addressing his team after the game on Miamidolphins.com. Rest assured you’ve never seen the man this excited.  Philbin punctuates it with: “It doesn’t get any better than that! We got a helluva team in the making!"

### Freshman cornerbacks are rising up the UM depth chart. Artie Burns is now listed as a co-starter with Ladarius Gunter, opposite Tracy Howard. And Corn Elder has risen to co-backup status (with Antonio Crawford) behind Howard.... UM dropped a spot to 16th in the AP poll.

Check back Monday afternoon for updates from Dolphins news conferences.