I’m starting right off with praise for the offensive line. I thought this squad might be a disaster a few weeks ago, but they are gelling nicely. I can’t believe 4 brand new guys, plus Jesse Davis, have pass-protected so well.
Special props to rookies Solomon Kindley and Austin Jackson. I’m so impressed with these two starters. Not to be missed, however, is the work of rookie guard Robert Hunt. He’s not starting, but he came in last night during the goal line plays and helped Jordan Howard get into the end zone. The Dolphins went with extra linemen and sold out on the run. The Jags knew it was coming, but thanks to the 3 rookies, Howard got it. Very very impressive.
It’s been 9 years since Miami scored 3 straight TDs to open a game. Seems a lot longer. I was thinking it was the Marino era, but only 2011. Matt Moore threw TDs to Charles Clay and Anthony Fassano, and Reggie Bush ran one in as we beat the Bills that day. The Bills’ QB you ask? Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Ryan Fitzpatrick has clearly rebounded from Week 1, and we can only help it continues. With the Seahawks coming to town next, it probably won’t happen, but we’ll see.
The Jags’ offense and their overrated QB made some gigantic mistakes, but let’s give our defense credit too. Sacks. Turnovers. Coverage. These are words that have been absent in my posts all year. They are back.
The coaching was good too. Better play calls, more blitzes, and better decisions. Flores went for it on 4th down twice and another time on 4th and one he punted. All were good, situational decisions.
The one concern is that our offense didn’t keep the pressure coming. With about 1:30 left to play in the first half, at midfield, the Jags went for it on 4th down and we sacked the QB. We took over with plenty of time at midfield. All we needed was a few completions to be in FG range. Instead we went three and out. All momentum was lost. That was a huge series, and I’d like to see more of a killer instinct in that situation.