Another Jets-Dolphins game, another down-to-the-wire classic.
The Dolphins came back from a 14-0 deficit, only to lose 31-23 to the hated Jets. While the loss sucks, it was one hell of a game and I’m proud of my team.
The offense finally showed their potential through the air, while the running game was expectantly stifled by a strong Jets defense. Chad Henne led the team on a great comeback, but was intercepted on a last-minute end zone pass to tight end Anthony Fasano.
Ex-Dolphin Jason Taylor recorded a sack in the game. While the stadium erupted into boos, I couldn’t bring myself to chime in. Taylor played excellently for the Dolphins for years, and his departure was the front office’s decision. You can’t blame a Hall of Fame caliber athlete for going to another contender to try and win after his team discards him.
Miami’s defense, while admirable, did not play as strong as the first two games. The exceptions were Karlos Dansby and Cameron Wake, who continued to wreak havoc all over the field.
Jason Allen played like crap. Yes he had a nice interception, but his missed tackle on Braylon Edwards led to a 67-yard touchdown. The commentators blamed the field for his slip, but the fact is Allen was out of position and was not going to make the tackle. Allen missed several other tackles in the game and was called for pass interference on a third-and-goal situation, resulting in a first down. If he wants to keep his job, he has to play smarter.
I don’t understand targeting Anthony Fasano on the last play of the game. He had a nice touchdown catch earlier in the game, but when it’s all on the line I’d rather the team draw up a play to a more reliable target like Marshall or Davone Bess.
What this means going forward:
- Miami has to figure out a way to contain tight ends. It’s been a problem for a while now, and Dustin Keller burned the ‘Phins for 2 touchdowns.
- The passing game works. Offensive coordinator Dan Henning finally let Chad Henne air it out. The result? 26/44 for 363 yards and 2 touchdowns. There was an interception on the last play of the game, but it was more a desperation play than anything else. It took a while for Henne to get into his groove, but it definitely paid off. Henne seems to be getting into a rhythm with his receivers, notably Brandon Marshall. Marshall is the man. He continually makes catches that shouldn’t be caught and gives the Dolphins the deep threat they’ve been missing. Continue to throw him the ball. For the second week in a row, Henne threw a bad pass to Marshall near the end zone. If they can work on their red zone communication, this duo can be lethal for years to come.
-Ricky Williams is not the running back he used to be. He did great last season, but it has been evident since the first game this year that this should be his last year. He fumbled the ball twice in the game and failed to produce yardage. It will be interesting to see what the Dolphins do about their running game in the off-season. I anticipate the team will draft a running back early considering Brown’s injury record and Williams’ decline.
-The Wildcat: This has to stop. Whenever Henne got a drive going, they would take him out and install the Wildcat with minimal effectiveness. Everyone knows the formation. This isn’t 2008. Let it go and let the franchise quarterback lead the team for a whole drive.
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Written by Brian Saa
Lifelong Dolphins fan from New Jersey who runs DolphinsLA.com, a website for Dolphins fans in Los Angeles. LA fans should come out to The Casting Office Bar & Grill in Universal City on Sundays for the games, as it is now the Dolphins bar in LA! Ready for the Dolphins to declare Marshall Law on the competition in 2010 Follow me on Twitter: @briansaa or @DolphinsLA for Dolphins bar updates