Dolphins upset New England

Last week’s 20-33 victory over the New England Patriots was an eye opener to pundits around the league and proof that the up tempo style which Miami is now moving towards, is working.  Even with his team down 20-10 at the half, Coach Joe Philbin had confidence his scheme was right.

“The plays are there,” Philbin said at the half.

Well, his team confirmed that indeed, the plays were there, as the Dolphins outscored the Patriots 23-0 in the second half and racked up 222 yards against the Patriots 67 yards (which includes 37 yards in their final fruitless drive)

The Dolphins look to keep the magic alive as they face the Buffalo Bills (1-0) on the road this Sunday at 1 EST.  Great seats and plenty of cheap tickets are still available so be sure to get yours now!

Dolphins leave Canton with first loss of the Preseason

The Miami Dolphins were hoping for a better outcome against the NFC Dallas Cowboys.  Instead, they left peppered with pluses and minuses against a much improved Dallas squad.

Miami put their starters on the field against Cowboy backups and nearly came away with a victory and could have if it were not for a Matt Moore pass that bounced off rookie receiver Chad Bumphis and  landed in the hands of Cowboys rookie DeVonte Holloman.  Holloman returned the pick 75-yards for a touchdown.

Head Coach Joe Philbin tried to downplay the loss explaining that he wasn’t necessarily looking for a victory.

“Play speed is really the thing that we’ve been talking to our guys about,” Philbin said. “This game is not really going to be about X’s and O’s, although we have a good sound plan in, I’m sure our opponent has a good sound plan as well, but it’s more going to be about our guys playing football the right way.”

Receiver Michael Egnew had four receptions in this game for 52 yards which was as many receptions and four more yards than he had all of last season.

By halftime the score was 17-0 but the Fins stepped it up in the second half closing to within 17-13 with 4:50 left in the game.  Matt Moore then fumbled on a third down play forcing a punt.  The Cowboys took the ensuing possession and marched 42-yards in four plays for a TD while taking only 23 seconds off the clock.

The final score ended up being 24-20 Cowboys.

The next preseason game for the Dolphins will be Friday August 9th on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Tickets are still available!

Dolphins looking to rebound from subpar 6-10 2011 record

The Miami Dolphins are going through changes this season.  The offense is moving to a West Coast Offense which is more suited for TE’s Charles Clay and Will Yeatman (who carries the largest hands in the NFL at 11 ¾ inches).

New Head Coach Joe Philbin will be looking to hold at least 11 OTA sessions and claims that everyone on the team will get a fair shake.

“Your job as a coach is to get the maximum out of the players you have,” Philbin said. “We have a broader perspective at this point in time. We’re excited about getting started. We think we have a lot of character … The key is how quickly we can forge this group into playing like a team.  Everyone is going to start from square one,”

The team still has some needs to fill such as another pressure pass rusher either another DE or an OLB who can get to the QB.  The team is also in flux at the QB position.  With David Garrard and Matt Moore signed the team will most likely try and find a QB suited for the West Coast Offense and develop him as neither Garrard nor Moore can be considered the “future of the franchise.”  Finally, with the trade of Brandon Marshall, the team is left with no top receiver and will most likely go through the draft to get a couple of speedsters.