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PFF and Salguero review of Miami Dolphins victory over San Diego

You know this is going to be good because how else does a team get graded when it blows out the opponent 37-0 as the Miami Dolphins blew out the San Diego Chargers Sunday?

But as my friends at ProFootballFocus.com grade the good and the bad every week while I add my share of insight, this week you get a dose of what went right with the Dolphins.

The weekly film review:

Offensive Summary

It was a blowout, but still monitoring the snaps at the No. 2 wide receiver position reveals Jarvis Landry is still the man while Brandon Gibson is successfully fighting off a freefall. Landry had 56 snaps, Brandon Gibson had 37 snaps, and Rishard Matthews had 22 snaps.

With Lamar Miller banged up, with a separated shoulder, Daniel Thomas saw 22 snaps and Damien Williams saw 18 snaps in relief. The Dolphins obviously go with a committee led by Thomas if Miller's shoulder injury lingers.

With the blowout, Shelley Smith, Nate Garner, Matt Moore (each with 17 snaps) all saw some time on the field as Branden Albert, Mike Pouncey, and Ryan Tannehill were able to get a view of the action from the sideline.


Ryan Tannehill had a fine day and posted a career high in quarterback rating but was still 0-for-3 on passes of 20-plus yards. He was, however, 7-for-9 on the intermediate 10-19-yard throws for 143 yards and two of his three TD passes.

Tannehill was very strong in all facets Sunday, but when the Chargers did not send the blitz, he went 15-for-19 with 202 yards and a TD.

Tannehill wasn't afraid to target San Diego's top corner, Brandon Flowers. He completed 5 of 8 targeted passes against Flowers to three different receivers for 61 yards and a TD.

Mike Wallace had one pass off an end around. It was a deep throw. It fell out of bounds. Wallace proved Tannehill is not the only one on the team with deep ball accuracy issues.


Lamar Miller's best runs came up the middle and behind right guard Mike Pouncey, totaling 49 yards on 7 carries in that direction. His four stretch runs to the left yielded 0 yards. Miller also broke three more tackles as that continues to be an area of growth for him.

Neither Daniel Thomas nor Damien Williams did much to impress on the ground, but Williams broke three tackles while Thomas did not break any.


TE Charles Clay was matched up with ILB Donald Butler on his TD catch. Butler, by the way, is under heavy scrutiny in San Diego. Think Phillip Wheeler or Dannell Ellerbe scrutiny.

He catches plenty of passes at or behind the line of scrimmage, but all 46 of Jarvis Landry's yards came after the catch.

Defensive Summary

With the return of Jimmy Wilson, Michael Thomas (16 snaps) nor Jamar Taylor (9 snaps) saw much time on the field until garbage time. Thomas is done for the season with a chest injury. The Dolphins are signing Jordan Kovacs to replace him. Don't expect Kovacs to get the kind of playing time Thomas got. Kovacs will be a special teams player primarily.

The All-22 checks have to be made, but Randy Starks, Olivier Vernon, Brent Grimes, and Reshad Jones all received grades of +2.5 or greater.

The defensive line rotation was stretched due to the blowout, but here's how some of the “non-starter” snaps shook out: Terrence Fede  got 12 snaps, Earl Mitchell got 24 snaps, Derrick Shelby got 22 snaps, Dion Jordan got 22 snaps. For the starters, Cameron Wake and Jared Odrick saw 32 snaps, Olivier Vernon had 35, and Starks had 23 snaps.


Cortland Finnegan allowed all four catches for 60 yards to Malcom Floyd, and another catch for 15 yards to Keenan Allen. Finnegan consistently gives up catches and yards. But he hasn't let anyone get behind him and he occassionally turns in a big play -- such as the fumble return TD against Oakland -- so that is the reason he's considered a good performer in Miami.

Opponents' passing

Rivers got into trouble when the Dolphins were able to pressure him off his spot. During his 11 pressured drop-backs, he went 3-for-8 for 34 yards and an INT, also getting sacked three times.

The key for the Dolphins was getting pressure with the four-man front. When they did not blitz, Rivers was a pedestrian 9-for-17 with 104 yards, and all three INTs.