While the Dolphins writers and less-educated fans are raving about how great our offense looked in the third preseason game against Atlanta, Dolphins Truth readers have come to expect a little more. Our readers expect honest analysis.
That’s why I hate to burst everyone’s bubble, but the offense didn’t do as well as some writers want us to believe. The only stat that matters is Points. And our starting offense scored only 7 points against a horrible Atlanta defense, a defense which began resting its starters while our first-team O was still out there.
When you score only 7 points in a half, it’s an easy projection to make: We would have scored 14 if they played the full game. Maybe 17 if Franks didn’t miss that brutal field goal. 14 points is not enough to win NFL games. We’re no better off than last year. Yet.
I say yet because there was some room for optimism last night. The O line played better. Laremy Tunsil looked good. I kept my eye on him isolated on several plays, and it was like he was taking it easy on the guy in front of him. Like he knew preseason didn’t count. I expect some huge blocks from him as the regular season starts.
Backup center Anthony Steen did well too. I’ve noticed that every time Pouncey gets hurt, his replacement steps up and does even better. Remember Samson Satele? I wonder what Pouncey’s trade value would be. I wonder if his value would have been higher before his latest injury and before he publicly supported murderer Aaron Hernandez.
Ja’uan James and Brandon Albert held their own at the tackle positions. All in all, the whole line was pretty impressive. But that did not turn into points. The play calling was suspect too. Yes, it was cute to see 4 wideouts on one side, and one on the other. This forces the team into man coverage, and the offense has the advantage…right? Only if they catch the ball.
On defense, the boys started to come together a little too. We didn’t get to see Xavien Howard do anything. But guys like Mike Hull and Jordan Lucas had quietly good games.
Still trying to find more information on Zach Vigil’s absence. I know he was placed on the PUP list, but no one seems to know why or for how long it will be. He was one of our best reserves, and it has me curious.
Andrew Franks kicked one of the worst field goal attempts I ever saw in my life.
Bryan Cox is still tough as nails.
Kong Suh’s ankle injury does not appear to be serious. Phew !
Arian Foster looks to be strong and has something to prove. I am a big Ajayi supporter, but if Foster beats him out fair and square, I can live with that. I have to assume they will keep 3 RBs. Ajayi and Foster are certain. That leaves Damien Williams, Daniel Thomas, and Isaiah Pead fighting for one job. I would definitely cut Williams. He’s had a few years to prove himself, and he never has. That leaves Thomas and Pead in my book. Pead had some decent plays with the first team, and Thomas was relegated to play with the 4th-stringers blocking for him. I don’t think any of the 3 remaining RBs has excelled head over heels above the others. Who do we keep?
As good as our WRs are, I want someone to emerge as the true leader. Like a Calvin Johnson or Dez Bryant….someone who will come back to the huddle and scream at Tannehill “I’m open every play, Throw me the damn ball.” I feel our WRs are quietly passive and following instructions a little to much. I want to see them dominate and explode and demand the ball.