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Marino hired; Postscripts, notes, quotes, thoughts from Dolphins' preseason win against Dallas

Postscripts from the Dolphins’ 25-20 win against Dallas at Sun Life Stadium on a night Miami outgained the Cowboys, 491 to 251:

### Can confirm NBC's report late tonight that Dan Marino will be named a special advisor to owner Stephen Ross and team president Tom Garfinkel next week. The sides have been working for months on creating a job for Marino.

### So how exactly does the Dolphins’ first-team offense muster just three points in five possessions (excluding an end-of-first-half kneel down) against a dismal Dallas defense that ranked 32nd last season and lost two of its best players from that unit?

Don’t blame the running game, which was excellent (200 yards for the night on 35 carries; 5.7 per carry if you don't have your calculator).

Knowshon Moreno was splendid in his Dolphins debut, hitting holes quickly and decisively and closing with 64 yards on 10 carries. Lamar Miller added 34 yards on 7 carries.

Ryan Tannehill’s first drive ended in a 26-yard John Potter field goal after a third down completion to Rishard Matthews was short of a first down. But the first-team offense couldn't generate any more points the rest of the night.

Here’s how the four other Tannehill-led possessions were ultimately undone:

### Dion Sims fumbled trying to get extra yardage after a third-down catch, and Moreno inexplicably failed to pounce on it despite being in position to do so. Barry Church recovered for Dallas.

### Bruce Carter jumped in front of Sims and nearly intercepted a third-down pass, ending Miami's third possession.

### Brian Hartline dropped a very catchable third-down pass, but the drive was extended because of a Dallas penalty on the Miami punt, which was blocked because of a missed assignment by Rishard Matthews.

But Tannehill subsequently overthrew Mike Wallace on a deep route. (This is a recording). CBS-4 analyst Nat Moore blamed Wallace, saying he stopped running as hard as he could because he couldn’t locate the ball.

“The lights and location, it didn’t quite hook up,” Joe Philbin said.

But Tannehill said there was miscommunication on the play and blamed himself.

That possession ended when two Dallas pass-rushers descended nearly untouched on Tannehill, forcing an incompletion. A mixup involving Samson Satele was partly to blame for that.

### Tannehill’s fifth and final drive, to begin the third quarter, ended with a Tyler Patmon interception in the red zone on a poorly thrown ball to Hartline. That drive had been sustained by a three-yard run by Damien Williams on a fourth and one.

### Tannehill’s final numbers: 12 for 21, 119 yards, no touchdowns, one pick and a poor 57.4 rating.

“I thought Ryan played well overall,” Philbin said, oddly enough. “They played cover 2 on that particular interception. I thought he managed the game well, was seeing things well.”

### Aside from the gaffe involving Satele, the first-team offensive line was sharp. Shelley Smith got the majority of the first-team snaps at right guard and blocked efficiently in the running game.

Dallas Thomas was beaten in pass protection on one of his first-half snaps, forcing Tannehill to rush a throw.

### Matt Moore threw a nine-yard pick-six to Patmon on a horrible pass to Armon Binns but was otherwise effective, closing 12 for 19 for 173 yards with one TD (a 27-yarder to Harold Hoskins), one pick and an 88.3 rating.

### More from Philbin: “Our guys made some plays in the fourth quarter…. We moved the football well but when you turn the ball over close to the red zone and in the red zone, it’s difficult. We were minus three in the turnover margin and still won the game. That doesn’t happen very often... [Moreno] ran the ball well, broke a couple tackles. Vision was good.”

### With Daniel Thomas and Mike Gillislee both sidelined with hamstring injuries, Damien Williams and Orleans Darkwa both excelled in their bid for roster spots.

Williams finished with 33 yards on seven carries, a one-yard touchdown and a two-point conversion.

Darkwa had 71 yards on six carries and a one-yard TD run with 1:45 left, accounting for the final points of the night.

### The other D. Williams, receiver Damian Williams, made a case for a roster spot by catching a 57-yard pass from Moore.

Williams, very much on the bubble, could stick in a couple of ways: as the sixth receiver, if Miami keeps that many, or as the fifth receiver if the Dolphins trade Matthews.

### The Dolphins unveiled a package in which Miller and Moreno played together, with Miller motioning out to receiver. "There are possibilities there, part of the package," Philbin said.

### Hoskins, who led all tight ends in touchdown receptions at Marshall last season, made a terrific effort to get into the end zone on his 27-yard score from Moore. It was a more impressive reception that departed Michael Egnew ever made during his two years here.

Hoskins, at the very least, should be on the practice squad and still has a chance to make the 53-man roster.

### Koa Misi sat out with a shoulder injury, but WFOR reported the injury isn’t serious. Philbin, typically, declined to give details about the injury.

Jason Trusnik started at middle linebacker. Jordan Tripp again impressed with a couple of impressive plays, just as he did last week.

Philip Wheeler, as usual, whiffed on a couple of tackles, and committed a third-down penalty that would have given the Cowboys a first down if Dallas hadn’t already converted it. But he did have a tackle for loss. Weeeee! But Dannell Ellerbe played well, which was encouraging.

### The defensive line was generally quite good in the first half. Cam Wake had two sacks and Olivier Vernon one.

The Dolphins held DeMarco Murray to 18 yards on six carries, and limited Tony Romo to a 68.5 rating (10 for 18, 87 yards, no touchdowns or picks).

### Holding Dallas to six first half points was commendable, considering the explosiveness of the Cowboys' offense.

### John Potter suffered a hip flexor injury, leaving the Dolphins without a kicker for much of the night. Philbin said he doesn’t know the status of Potter or Caleb Sturgis, who missed the game with a groin injury.

The Dolphins likely will need to add a kicker in the next day or so, and one name worth considering is undrafted Washington State rookie Andrew Furney, who kicked a 51-yard field goal in the Jets’ preseason opener but was cut this weekend because he wasn’t going to beat out Nick Folk. Furney kicked a 60-yard field goal in college.

### Final receiver numbers of note: Wallace 6 for 67; Williams with the one catch for 54; Ryan Spadola 1 catch for 27 yards (on the game-winning drive), Hoskins 1 for 27; Darkwa 3 for 25; Hartline 3 for 25; Landry 2 for 20; Charles Clay 1 for 18; Miller 2 for 3.

### Jamar Taylor was beaten for a 27-yard TD by ex-UM receiver Laron Byrd but also made a couple of good plays in coverage.

Will Davis began the night as a the No. 3 corner and likely will keep that spot. He gave up a first-down completion to Dez Bryant on a 4th and 3 but was solid otherwise.

### Marcus Thigpen sat out with a hamstring injury, but Landry didn't exactly seize the return job in his absence. He fumbled one punt (Miami recovered) and gained 26 yards on his three punts returns. His two kickoff returns netted 42 yards.

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