The Miami Dolphins offensive line will have some huge adversity to overcome against the LA Rams this week with Pouncey having problems, and Branden Albert out. Here is the lowdown on the offensive line plan from OC Clyde Christensen...
It started at the Pittsburgh game, carried through with the Bills and Jets, and reached the crescendo at the Chargers game.
It's great to watch football again in South Florida!
The kind of football where it's all about the game now, and less about the tailgate. Over the past 5 years, how many times did I walk out of the stadium at the end of the game saying "At least the tailgate and the friends were great"? Things are different now, and I have to believe that Coach Gase and his staff have a big part in it, but I also think that this group of guys is finally tired of losing, are down to business, and know what their true potential can be.
How about that long pass from Tannehill to Stills? How about the running of Jay Ajayi? How about DeVante Parker, who is beginning to look like a young Andre Johnson? How about Jarvis Landry, who seems to be making plays by not making plays, if you know what I mean. He is getting a lot of attention from opposing defenses, and although he is not running up big stats, he is allowing the other players on his team to shine (for example, Damien Williams last week).
How about Brandon Albert, who dislocated his wrist in the 1st quarter, but snapped that sucker back in place and went out to play in the second half? That is TOUGH!
How about the defensive line, who pretty much shut down Melvin Gordon, and indirectly pressured Phillip Rivers into throwing a record 4 interceptions? And finally, how about the secondary, who all came through when it mattered most to stop the Chargers from scoring. Kiko Freaking Alonso, was that something to watch? How about Lippett with 2 interceptions, but one key in the end zone after the fumbled punt by Grant.
OK, it wasn't perfect. We know that there are a lot of penalties that need correction, and the defense has got to stop the big play. Kim Bokamper was furious at the end of the game, and seemed to think that the referees were not fair in the penalty calls, but I thought they were all in reason, although the Chargers seemed to get away with a little more. Home crowd, biased refs, it did not matter for we came away with another victory, and man was it FUN to watch.
Mr. Ross, this is why we buy tickets!
So it's on to Los Angeles and the debut of rookie QB Jared Goff. Dolphins defense, let's give him a warm aqua and orange welcome, several times in fact. You know what to do. It should be fun to watch. Stay healthy team, and Go Dolphins!
It's Sunday afternoon and we are hours away from the Dolphins and Chargers at San Diego. Over the past 4 weeks, Miami has faced, and defeated, three better than average teams in the Steelers, Bills and Jets, and with two division wins under their belt, there is excitement at Hard Rock Stadium again. Jay Ajayi has emerged as the star running back for the Dolphins, the offensive line is playing well and staying healthy, and the defense is beginning to make plays when it counts. Coach Gase has the team on the West Coast early to adjust and practice there and to take on two rising teams in San Diego and Los Angeles over the next two weeks.
But the standings show a dark shadow on our Division in the New England Patriots. Tom Brady seems to be unstoppable in the past few weeks, and his team of receivers led by Edelman and Gronk are formidable. With a 7-1 record and only the Broncos at Denver on December 18th and the Dolphins in Miami on New Years Day in their way, Miami more than ever needs to keep winning and keep the heat on the Patriots. New England is living proof that you can win 17 games but still not win the Lombardi Trophy. Miami will need to be running on all cylinders to bring them down, and hopefully we can be healthy and at our peak as the playoffs approach.
But let's take care of business today and make a lot of West Coast fans unhappy over the next three games. This 2016 Dolphins team is fun to watch again as they begin to play real football. Let's keep the victory wave alive and get ready to welcome them home on Thanksgiving weekend. Go Dolphins!
Addendum 11/15/16 - What a game by Miami against the Chargers! Kiko Freako Alonso with the pick 6! And the Patriots were defeated by Seattle on Sunday night! Any given Sunday baby!
The Dolphins will head out west for the next two weeks as they begin a West Coast swing with a game at San Diego on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 4:05 p.m. ET. Miami played in San Diego last year, dropping a 30-14 decision in Week 15.
This will be the fourth consecutive year the Dolphins have played San Diego as Miami posted wins at home in 2013 (20-16) and 2014 (37-0) against the Chargers. The Dolphins are also slated to visit San Diego again in 2017 as part of the NFL's schedule rotation.
The Dolphins have not turned the ball over a single time in their three game winning streak. It's just the fourth time in franchise history that the team has not had a turnover in at least three-straight games and the first since 1997. The other streaks were: Sept. 21, 1997 - Oct. 12, 1997; Oct. 31, 1976 - Nov. 14, 1976; Oct. 17, 1971 - Nov. 7, 1971 (four games). Miami's last turnover came with 2:20 left in the fourth quarter against Tennessee in Week 5, giving the Dolphins a total of 182:20 minutes without a turnover. In that span, the Dolphins have run 197 offensive plays, gained 1,202 yards and the team has scored 85 points.