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2015 Dolphins Draft Picks
Any time you hold the opponent to zero points, you have to give the defense props. From Emmanuel Ogbah's two sacks and four QB hits to Xavien Howard with another interception to Christian Wilkins batting down two passes, the entire defense came to play. 263 yards allowed, 2 of 17 on third down, minimizing the penalties, the Dolphins defense really dominated the Jets offense.
Myles Gaskin didn't have eye-popping stats, but 126 yards from scrimmage basically paced the Dolphins offense.
The 2nd half Dolphins offense was nothing to write home about. The Dolphins failed to convert on third downs until Tua Tagovailoa came in during mop up duty in the 4th quarter. Kind of amazing to think about when you consider the Dolphins were up 24-0.
You usually either get Fitzmagic or Fitztragic. Against the Jets, you got FitzBLAHgic. While he looked great in the first half with 3 TDs, he did start making some of those boneheaded throws. One of the main reasons the Dolphins did so poorly on third down was Fitz throwing inaccurate passes on those downs when plays were there to be made. And he knew it too.
The Dolphins are sitting at .500, in 2nd place in the AFC East, ahead of the Patriots no less. Considering how the Dolphins started the season, this is a welcome development. The Dolphins continue to show signs of a team with the arrow pointing up, especially on defense. The Dolphins also got to see a small glimpse of their future QB in live game action and he didn't crack apart, so that's good too.
Next up will be a very interesting game against the Los Angeles Rams, who are 4th in points per game allowed and have a 4-2 record. Can the Dolphins continue their hot streak?
Fitzmagic was on full display, with 350 yards passing, 78% completion and 3 TDs. Fitz also completed passes to 9 receivers.
Preston Williams had a monster game with 106 yards receiving on four catches and 1 TD.
The defense brought the pain with 5 sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble. The 49ers only had 259 yards on offense, went 2 of 10 on third downs, and held onto the ball for 23:07.
The running game continues to be mediocre. The Dolphins gained 94 yards on the ground at a 2.8 ypc clip. Even without the Jakeem Grant 12 yard loss, the Dolphins were averaging 3.3 ypc.
Even though the defense dominated, they did make some boneheaded penalties that kept 49ers drives alive in the 3rd quarter. So there was definitely a teaching opportunity for Flores and the coaching staff despite such a lop-sided win.
This is the first blowout win of the Flores era. With the youngest roster in the NFL and only one player over 30, this is impressive. It is a positive sign that the team is buying into the direction of the coaching staff and beginning to develop cohesion.
Next up is a game against the floundering Jets, one the Dolphins should win easily.
The Dolphins, as a team, played up to the competition, facing a red-hot Seahawks team that was 3-0 going in and was blowing up the scoreboard. For the most part, the defense did it's job and helped keep the game close. The offense chewed up a lot of clock to keep the Seahawks offense off the field. I take this as a sign of development by a very young team that has a lot of growing to do.
Devante Parker continues to play through those nagging injuries that used to keep him sidelined. He contributed 10 catches for 110 yards.
Emmanuel Ogbah was a beast, contributing 1 sack, 2 tackles for loss and 2 QB hits.
Xavien Howard had a nice pick in the endzone, preventing a Seahawks score. It's his second week in a row with a pick.
Great day for kicker Jason Sanders. Of course a great day by a kicker usually means a bad day for red zone offense...
As good as the defense played most of the game, they made key mistakes at the end of the first half and the end of the game. Some busted coverages showed up, allowing the Seahawks to make big plays.
As good a job as the offense did eating up block, the redzone offense was atrocious. The Dolphins had 5 field goals and 1 touchdown.
You never know what you are going to get. Fitzmagic or Fitztragic. 2 interceptions says this was a Fitztragic game, even though the offense was able to move the ball. 25 total first downs and 7-13 on third downs is usually praise worthy. But when the quarterback throws two mind-boggling interceptions, it's easy to pinpoint why the offense didn't do more. Question for Miami Dolphins fans, can Ryan Fitzpatrick read the middle of the field? It seems anytime he goes for intermediate throws down the middle, defenders get their hands all over the ball. His penchant for staring down receivers and not reading the middle of the field are why the Dolphins will not go far with Fitzpatrick at quarterback.
As I stated before, this is a game where you look at the positives. Dolphins players are playing harder. The defense is beginning to gel. Young players are improving. That's the type of season we're in. This team still has some glaring holes, both in the middle of the defense and the middle of the offense and at quarterback. But some of the young players drafted the past couple of years are beginning to show signs of development. If you are playing the long game, this is a welcome development.
Next week should be another tough one against the 49ers. Expect the Dolphins to find themselves at 1-4 when that game is done.