Miami Dolphins @ NY Jets: Pre-game Analysis
Next Monday night Miami will have their hands full with AFC East Foe, the NY Jets. Coming off their Bye week at (0-4) Miami seems to be in good shape in the “Suck-For-Luck” sweepstakes. With the Fish’s 1st String QB Chad Henne, now out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury; head coach Tony Sporano has no choice but to start former Carolina Panther Matt Moore. Moore was signed in the offseason out of sheer desperation for a veteran quarterback to give Henne some competition during the preseason. In my opinion Miami went winless with Henne who won the starting job over Moore before the season began & I don’t see the former Panther being the cure for Miami’s losing ways.
If Miami wants to have any chance of winning again Rex Ryan’s Jets, they need to play to their strong suits. Second round pick RB Daniel Thomas proved to be quite affective for the Dolphins during the first two games of the season. His sledgehammer running style is perfect for Miami and is exactly what the Dolphins need to compliment with RB Reggie Bush, who just has never been able to be an every down back in the NFL.
Quarterback Matt Moore is clearly nowhere near as talented as Chad Henne at the quarterback position. He’s smaller and his arm is much weaker than his quarterback counterpart. However, this may be exactly what Miami needs to be competitive. Unlike with Henne, Miami will rely more on the run game to open up the pass game and use play-action to open up a “dink & dunk” pass attack. This kind of offense may not be as “razzle-dazzle” as it was with Henne, but it’ll result in a much higher completion percentage, less sacks and best of all fewer turnovers.
On the defensive side of the ball Miami’s biggest problem is stopping teams on third downs, sacking the opposing quarterback and forcing turnovers. In order to increase the likelihood of forcing a greater amount of turnovers the fish need to get more aggressive in the trenches and line-backing core by running more blitz packages. By blitzing more they’ll be more likely to catch the opposing offense off guard and we’ll have plenty more opportunities to sack the quarterback.
As for the secondary, the Dolphins’ biggest problem on defense has been with the overall pass coverage. Obviously the zone blocking scheme is not working! They need to scratch this idea and go back to an aggressive bump and run coverage. If they can keep the receivers from getting off the line they won’t be able to get past their corners.
Miami’s Safeties have always been known for being big hitters in the past. This year the fish have seemed a little flat. They need to go back to the aggressive style they’ve been accustomed to in the past. If they take more risks, they’ll get more hits!
I’m not saying Miami has a chance against the Jets on Monday night but hey it’s Monday night and Rex Ryan’s Jets have always had trouble against the fish on Monday Night Football. If they make the following changes I expect to see one heck of a game. Let’s Go Fish!
About the Author
Written by Calvin Reed
My name is Calvin Reed. I just moved to Rochester, NY from Miami, FL. I obtained a bachelors degree in Journalism from FIU. I am ac huge Miami Dolphin fan! I live for the Fish & find it to be an incredible honor to be blogging about them for the rest of the 2011 season & hopefully for years to come. Let Go Fish!!!