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11:03 p.m. EDT, August 17, 2013

Three Things That Went Right

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was sharp for just about every throw during his five offensive series. Two of those drives produced a touchdown. When Tannehill had protection his passes were sharp. Tannehill completed 10-of-15 passes for 141 yards and threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace. He finished the third preseason game with an impressive 119.0 passer rating.

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The first team defense seemed sharp in their few snaps. Starting cornerback Brent Grimes intercepted Matt Schaub on Houston's first possession, producing the game's first turnover. On Houston's second drive two-time Pro Bowl pass rusher Cameron Wake sacked Schaub to prevent the Texans from converting a third-and-11. The Texans did score on its third offensive possession, but the Dolphins pulled the starting defenders once Houston got past the midfield ...

Three Things That Went Wrong

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The Josh Samuda underdog story was nice while it lasted, but this former Hollywood Hills standout is clearly struggling as the Dolphins' starting right guard ...

Miami was flagged for five penalties ...


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Post Re: What went right, wrong for Dolphins vs. Texans
Highlights: First team defense was solid. Texans first score came against a defense with a lot of 2nd teamers in there. McCrae was burned on the TD. Spittler was in the entire drive. Marshall was also in and victimized on a throw to the TE. First team offense showing signs of life. I think the passing game is going to be fine. The Keller injury leaves a big gap between him and Egnew. I've yet to be impressed by our two new LBs, Ellerbe and Wheeler. Wheeler is often victimized by the TE. For a preseason game it was loud and a good prep for the real thing.


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The Texans had 9 pro bowlers last year....what did the Phins have...one? This team is young and it shows. The first offensive series was pretty pathetic. They finally got it together on offense, but I am not too excited by our offense yet. TE is a huge concern now and the offensive line is not that good. The defense might keep us in some games though.

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FrustratedFinFan. Definitely respect your opinion, but I beg to differ as I thought the first team offense came right out to play.

Regarding First team offense: I thought Tannehill did a much improved job against a good team and I thought in comparison to previous games, the line actually held up quite nicely against a very active defense. It was also nice to see 3 great hook ups between Tanny and Mike Wallace.

I was a bit relieved to see the offense respond they way they did last night and I am already excited about our first team defense and what they can do.


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The offensive tackles look good... that right guard position is a concern though. Samuda is not starter material right now. If they patch that up (hopefully Jerry or Louis), I will feel better about offensive line.

Jonathan Martin has actually played relatively well in the three preseason games.

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Post Re: What went right, wrong for Dolphins vs. Texans
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The offensive tackles look good... that right guard position is a concern though. Samuda is not starter material right now. If they patch that up (hopefully Jerry or Louis), I will feel better about offensive line.

Jonathan Martin has actually played relatively well in the three preseason games.


I've been pleasantly surprised watching Martin so far this preseason. But as pleased as I've been with his improvement, that's how disappointed I've been with the right guard(s).

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Post Re: What went right, wrong for Dolphins vs. Texans
By the way, Terron Armstead, who I wanted us to draft, has looked very good at left tackle for New Orleans. Albeit in the preseason.

He has graded out very highly in pass protection thus far this preseason.

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The offensive tackles look good... that right guard position is a concern though. Samuda is not starter material right now. If they patch that up (hopefully Jerry or Louis), I will feel better about offensive line.

Jonathan Martin has actually played relatively well in the three preseason games.


Yeah it appears the starters are decent. They are definitely going to have to scour the FA line for a guard because you're right about Samuda.


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The Defense left the mid of the field open all night. I thought they also got burned by their own aggression at times.

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I think the starters gave up 2 first downs and came up wtih a pick and a sack in half a quarter. The minute the 2nd team hit the field, Schaub and company found some room and time to throw. I re-watched the first quarter. I originally thought it was the first team defense but there were a lot of 2nd teamers out there at LB and the secondary. One item of note, the offense scored its first TD against Houston regulars.


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Their 2nd team is better than Miami's 2nd team at their home field at least.


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Updating stats, #Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill is 17-of-29 (58.6 percent) for 227 yards and two TDs after three preseason games.


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Post Re: What went right, wrong for Dolphins vs. Texans
I didn't like the coaching staff not keeping the starting offense out to end the 1st half....They could have used that 2 minute offense work.....I didn't feel the offense was clicking all that well this game or the whole preseason for that matter, that they couldn't use the work..

Also, Tanny is just not getting rid of the ball when he needs to sometimes..Some of those sacks are on him not reading the blitz.


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I am looking forward to Thomas having a good year at his position. Hope I am right.


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Also, Tanny is just not getting rid of the ball when he needs to sometimes..Some of those sacks are on him not reading the blitz.


On the playaction play that he was sacked on, they literally kept everyone in to block and sent ONE receiver on a route.

On another play that he was almost sacked on, they went max protect. They kept 8 guys in and could not block a 7 man blitz. Both wide outs were double covered. So I can't blame Tannehill on those.

I hate max protect, especially when you've upgraded the skill positions so much.

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Also against J'ville I don't remember them bliting at all yet got to RT on a regular basis. Pretty sad when your 6 can't block their 4.


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This game was a big test and I'd argue the starters passed. You can't argue the results were against the scrub units or a league laughing stock.

I feel a lot better about Tannehill, the o-line and the ground game. Not sure I had too many worries on defense although I still see some sloppy tackling.


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Well, maybe not a lot better about the o-line. But better.


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Starting offense scored on 2 of their 5 drives. I'll take it.


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Starting offense scored on 2 of their 5 drives. I'll take it.


The offense should be scoring 24-28 points per game. The pieces are in place.

Not sure what effect the Keller loss will have on that but even stable TE play should keep them in that points realm.

Anyone else think Thomas might challenge for the starting RB spot?


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The offense should be scoring 24-28 points per game. The pieces are in place.

Not sure what effect the Keller loss will have on that but even stable TE play should keep them in that points realm.

Anyone else think Thomas might challenge for the starting RB spot?


28? That would've made us the third highest scoring team in the NFL last year.

I dunno about all that. Moving up from 18.0 to 21/24 seems a bit more realistic.

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The offense should be scoring 24-28 points per game. The pieces are in place.

Not sure what effect the Keller loss will have on that but even stable TE play should keep them in that points realm.

Anyone else think Thomas might challenge for the starting RB spot?


28? That would've made us the third highest scoring team in the NFL last year.

I dunno about all that. Moving up from 18.0 to 21/24 seems a bit more realistic.


Should have clarified. Not averaging 28 points per game but having the potential on any given Sunday to reach that amount.

I agree, something between 21-24 is a more realistic average. Just pointing out what the offense should theoretically be capable given the weapons and hopeful improvement of their QB.

Last year it was a good day if they reached 20 points.


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To add to your last point about Thomas... I'm there with you. While he may not be a fan favorite, looks like he's catching the coaches attention.

He has looked better each week too.


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"The schedule is brutal. I don't see Ireland surviving to next season"

I don't think that's the case at all..

The GM , Owner and Coach combo. IMO are putting things in order..

now we have a 3-13 season or something... that may change things..

But I think it would take an Act of God to make our owner change his mind about who he has running the show...

you have to admit the team is on the right path.. for a change...

you would be a bit of a foolish owner to screw with what is starting to work... IMO


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I was hopeful with the moves the team made in the offseason, but the offensive line is still only half a unit, we lost our starting tight end, and Tannehill is not getting a lot of time to throw. The Texans are a very deep roster though, so preseason evaluation of the team is tough since the starters see limited action.

I think we are looking at about a 5-11 team this year. The schedule is awful, lots of roster flux....I want to be wrong though!

Cleveland will be a big test. I have seen their preseason games and their defense is flying around and making plays.....not the easy matchup you might expect.

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I was hopeful with the moves the team made in the offseason, but the offensive line is still only half a unit, we lost our starting tight end, and Tannehill is not getting a lot of time to throw. The Texans are a very deep roster though, so preseason evaluation of the team is tough since the starters see limited action.

I think we are looking at about a 5-11 team this year. The schedule is awful, lots of roster flux....I want to be wrong though!

Cleveland will be a big test. I have seen their preseason games and their defense is flying around and making plays.....not the easy matchup you might expect.


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.....Opening day should tell us a lot.

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Post Re: What went right, wrong for Dolphins vs. Texans
Rock Sexton wrote:
jammer wrote:
The offense should be scoring 24-28 points per game. The pieces are in place.

Not sure what effect the Keller loss will have on that but even stable TE play should keep them in that points realm.

Anyone else think Thomas might challenge for the starting RB spot?


28? That would've made us the third highest scoring team in the NFL last year.

I dunno about all that. Moving up from 18.0 to 21/24 seems a bit more realistic.


agreed


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FrustratedFinFan wrote:
I was hopeful with the moves the team made in the offseason, but the offensive line is still only half a unit, we lost our starting tight end, and Tannehill is not getting a lot of time to throw. The Texans are a very deep roster though, so preseason evaluation of the team is tough since the starters see limited action.

I think we are looking at about a 5-11 team this year. The schedule is awful, lots of roster flux....I want to be wrong though!

Cleveland will be a big test. I have seen their preseason games and their defense is flying around and making plays.....not the easy matchup you might expect.


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Post Re: What went right, wrong for Dolphins vs. Texans
just got to watch the game for the first time, thought Thomas , Gibson and Tannehill looked real good. The run D looked strong again. Best I've ever seen Thomas look.

I'm liking the sneaky shovel passes from Tanny.


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