Nothing really matters in pre-season, so let’s get that right out in the open. Yet despite that, some things become noticeable, if not meaningful.
Our new defensive line looked horrendous. In a normal pre-season game, you don’t read into it too much. However, I must point out that our STARTING defensive line stayed in the game until the 4th quarter. So our boys were getting shoved aside by Atlanta’s 4th and 5th stringers. Guys who will be working construction in a few weeks were getting the best of Christian Wilkins. Charles Harris, as usual, was a non factor. The other guys? Invisible as well.
(On a side note, there was a very funny play I noticed. I was watching to see how Atlanta was blocking Wilkins, and I saw it was one-on-one on this particular play. Wilkins couldn’t get past his man. But on the end, there was Charles Harris facing a triple team! It had to be a breakdown by the offensive line. Why on earth would you commit 3 men to block Harris when one is more than enough?).
On offense, Preston Williams was the real story. He made some highlight catches and looks like he really wants to stay. With some of the other WRs having injury concerns and with Kenny Stills at risk of being traded, I think Williams has a good chance to make the active roster.
It’s hard to judge Josh Rosen because the o-line was so poor. But his interception was an ugly one. Let’s hope that’s a fluke.
Both new coordinators showed nothing special, but that’s to be expected in August. They are not going to show the whole playbook, as they say. I must admit, it got a little tiresome and worrying to keep hearing (announcers, media, reporters) how BOTH coordinators PLUS our new head coach have no experience. “He’s never called a play before” and “He’s never had to make that kind of decision before” are phrases that only Dolphin fans have to endure. Ever single year, we offer tryout jobs to rookie coaches (and their buddies), and the novelty has worn out.
Speaking of rookie coaches…Why did we have Josh Rosen playing into the 4th quarter with a bunch of bums blocking for him. The risk of injury is far too great for him to be out there. Give him some work, and get him out of there. Man!