Dolphins Back to Work After Foxboro Nightmare
The Dolphins returned to work at training camp on Monday after the Thursday night blowout that they suffered in Foxboro. We all thought that there was no chance that the Dolphins would finish on top of the Patriots but we didn't expect a blowout.
On Monday, Coach Campbell said that the guys came back ready to work. "You can tell that they want to put what happened in behind us and move forward and get ready for Buffalo." He went on to say that it was a good start to the week.
Big talk about Derrick Shelby this week, and whether he will be able to fill the shoes of Cam Wake. Shelby will be listed as the DE starter. Ulrick John was also signed this week from the Colts practice squad to back up the DE spot.
It was revealed this week that Matt Moore has been with a broken nose for the past to weeks as a results of a handoff that had gone wrong in practice. Moore's nose was repaired over the weekend and will remain the second string QB.
Ja'Waun James who suffered a foot injury in the Patriots game will sit out "for a few weeks" according to Coach Campbell. Jeff Linkenbach is his backup.
DeVante Parker also had a foot injury in the game vs. the Patriots but is reportedly fine.
The Dolphins take on the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo Sunday at 1:00pm.
Lessons Learned - Dissecting the 36-7 Loss
I guess 1000 sportswriters can't be wrong. No one gave us a chance, and some correctly predicted the "blow out" on Thursday night. But as a Finatic and a life long Dolphin fan, I still had hope.
There is no mystery to this loss, the answer was simple.
You cannot make mistakes against the New England Patriots in their house and have any chance of winning.
This is still a "new" Miami team, and there is still a lot to learn.
I think our first mistake started with the coin toss. We won it, but coach elected to give Tom Brady the ball first. In my opinion, that gave the Patriots a chance to gain momentum and never give it back.
Ryan Tannehill did not have a good night, botching a snap that caused a Safety and later throwing two interceptions in our own territory that resulted in points for the Patriots. The play calling and game plan drawn up by Bill Lazor just looked stale and pre-Campbell. Maybe if they had a few more days to study film and plan it might be different, but the short week and road trip was just too much for the team and coaches.
I don't think you can fault the defense for giving up 34 points, but there was just no answer for Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and of course Tom Brady. But does any team have an answer yet? I don't think so.
So now it looks like all that the Deflategate nonsense has accomplished is to poke the bear.
The Dolphins will need to learn from this and grow stronger as we begin the second half of the season. It doesn't get any easier as next week we are up in Orchard Park to play the Buffalo Bills and face a canny Rex Ryan.
But stay tuned, we are not done yet! Go Dolphins!
Dolphins 44, Texans 26, any questions?
I have to admit, after last week's game in Tennessee, I was very happy at our team's 44-10 performance, but in the back of my mind I was wondering if it was all an emotional blip. I mean, how much of a difference can coaches really make? The players are professionals, right? Shouldn't they always play at their peak potential and make the most of any situation, despite their coaches? I love Dan Campbell and his no nonsense, "here is how we get from point A to point B" attitude. But he was always around for several years, why the big overnight change?
If I have learned anything in the last three weeks, it is that LEADERSHIP MATTERS! If you are leading a group of peewees in a football or soccer game, if you are the team leader in your work place, if you are the leader in a non-profit volunteer group, or the "leader" of your family, Coach Campbell has taught us that YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
What a jaw dropping performance by our Dolphins last Sunday. Record setters, a lesson in domination. Was that Watt, Wolfork, and Clowney that we were racking up 248 net rushing yards on? Did Ryan Tannehill really complete 25 passes in a row? Did we really score 4 touchdowns of 50 yards or more in the 1st half? Did you see the grit and determination of Jarvis Landry on his 50 yard scamper, but more important did you see the entire team running down the field and blocking for him?
Fans at the stadium were walking around in a daze at the half, how many high-fives can you give? Faces were hurting from the smiles.
Coach Campbell is for real, no more doubts or questions are needed. Can the timings be any better for a Thursday night match up with the arch-enemy Patriots?
Let's face it, the talent has always been there. To see it at its full potential is mind blowing. What hasn't been there pre-Campbell is the confidence and camaraderie that we all saw on Sunday. If any team can knock New England from there perch this is this one. The momentum is rolling and the spirit is high. Its time to remove the "Interim" from the Head Coach's title and go all in. This team is for real and history is about to be made, just so happy today to be a Dolphins fan and living to see what is coming down the road.
PS - Thank you Scott Stone and the rest of the Dolphins organization for another successful Web Weekend! We thought last year's 37-0 win over San Diego could never be topped. Boy, were we wrong!
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