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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.  

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TK SWANN

NOW WHAT?? NO MORE MIKE WALLACE BASHING OKAY THROW HIM THE DAMN BALL.. GREAT WIN AND FOR THOSE WHO THINK WE DO NOT HAVE A GOOD QB FU !! THIS MAN HAS DONE A REMARKABLE JOB WHEN YOU CONSIDER HE IS UNDER PRESSURE CONSTANTLY AND THE RUNNING GAME HAVE NOT TOOK OFF YET.. REMEMBER GOOD QB PLAY AND GOOD DEFENSE WILL WIN IN THIS LEAGUE WHEN YOU KEEP TURNOVERS LOW. THE DOLPHINS ARE 2-0 AND WILL BE 3-0 AFTER THEY BEAT ATLANTA.. YES THEY WILL BEAT THE FALCONS. GOOD WIN DO ANY ONE THINKS NOW BARRING INJURIES THAT THIS TEAM CAN WIN 10 GAMES ? IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE YOU DON'T KNOW S...? GO DOLPHINS GREAT WIN TODAY...

Coral Gables'81

Good job Miami, stay focused on the next game.

Reality Bites

Great win for the Fins. Hope the running game keeps getting better each game. T Hill is doing great so far and the D is solid. Very promising season.

English Gent

Just a quick piece o detail. Tanny is 15th in the league, but on eabove him is Patrick Peterson! So 14th best QB. Cheers

Mark

a great win yesterday I live in Atlanta and no one is giving us a chance please let us show them that we are ready to compete..
secondary is going to be tested heavily but if we can put pressure on Ryan we have a chance...God... I wish I could be there for the home opener but make no bones about it we will have a party cheering for the FINS up here in Atlanta!!!!

Sam

I do not get too excited about what these "analysts" say. If they really were any good they would of predicted Miami being this good and the Pats being as bad as they are. These guys just react to the moment and if Miami loses to Atlanta will be saying how overrated they are. Take all these "analysts" words with a grain of salt.

Charles King

What gets me is I'm watching sportcenter and barely hearing anything about the dolphins great win over the colts. Now if the colts had won we would have to listen about how great Luck is and that coaching staff. I guess we are just going to have to keep on winning to prove how good of a team we are , whether they see it or not. GO PHINS!!!!! Charles K.

IMAWriterr

I realize polls are not a big deal now, when Notre Dame has a bye week, they go UP in the polls, UM goes down. Nothing changes.
Dolphins need to SACK Ryan, not just rush him. Pass rush is our only chance, as Grimes can't cover the ENTIRE field.

Greg

All I know is that we've matched our win total on the road from last year after only 2 games!

Kervins

I agree with you Charles ESPN hardly talks about the Dolphins. I'm tired of hearing about RG3

Kervins

Now Mike Wallace and Tannehill are connecting its time to throw the hail marry and also to Brian Harline. We have very good recievers. I love this win. I can't stop reading Herald and login on the to the Miami Dolphins website.

rboud

UM won't be able to keep Artie Burns off the field in the near future. The kid has too much raw talent and is apparently doing well with the mental side of the game.

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