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Miami Dolphins Strategy and Personnel 2008-10-29


Miami Dolphins Strategy and Personnel 2008-10-29
PLAYER NOTES


--NT Jason Ferguson played through the pain of an oblique injury to provide inspiration to his unit and help collapse the pocket.

--DE Vonnie Holliday got poked in the eye but didn't miss much time. He should be fine for Sunday's game.

--CB Will Allen aggravated his sore right knee but didn't miss a play, and he came up with his first pick of the season.

--CB Jason Allen took advantage of Michael Lehan's season-ending injury to prove to the coaching staff that he could do more than just play on special teams. He had six tackles and a pass defensed, and he often was matched one-on-one with Bills WR Lee Evans when the Dolphins were in the nickel. He was solid.

--WR Brandon London, who had been restricted to special teams play, finally got in the base offense and had a 6-yard reception in the first quarter for the first catch of his career.

REPORT CARD VS. BILLS

PASSING OFFENSE: A -- Chad Pennington directed another flawless attack by staying out of third-and-long situations by throwing on first down 16 times. He set the tone early by going deep to Ted Ginn Jr. on a 46-yard go-route on the first play. Ginn finally showed why the last regime took him ninth overall in the 2007 draft by having a breakout day with seven catches for 175 yards. It was his first 100-yard performance. Pennington completed 24 of 30 for a season-high 314 yards with a TD pass to TE Anthony Fasano and no picks. He notched a 117.9 passer rating and now has topped 100 in four of his past five games.

RUSHING OFFENSE: D -- The Wildcat rebounded after getting tamed by the Ravens the previous week. On seven attempts using the single-wing formation with the running back taking the shotgun snap, the gadget gained 35 yards, including four first downs. But the Bills' stout run defense held the Dolphins to just 1.9 yards per carry, forcing Pennington to beat the defense over the top. Ronnie Brown gained 43 yards on 3.1 yards per carry, while Ricky Williams did score on a nifty cut-back 3-yarder to give the Dolphins a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

PASS DEFENSE: B -- Despite giving up 166 reception yards to WR Lee Evans, the revamped secondary held Bills QB Trent Edwards to just 5.9 yards per completion and a lowly 67.2 passer rating. Miami's one-man pass rush, Joey Porter, notched two more sacks for an NFL-high 10.5. He also snatched the ball away from Edwards for one of four turnovers in the fourth quarter. CB Will Allen had a rare interception off a deflection by DE Randy Starks. Much-maligned CBs Jason Allen and Andre' Goodman had three of a season-high seven pass breakups.

RUSH DEFENSE: D -- Despite the presence of run-stuffing NT Jason Ferguson, the defensive line was once again guilty of shoddy tackling, as it was gashed for 114 rushing yards on 4.4 yards per carry. RB Marshawn Lynch had 61 yards and an 8-yard touchdown run in which he shed tacklers like a snake shedding its skin. Jason Allen was solid in run support with six tackles.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B-minus -- While the coverage units were stout in rendering Bills elite PR Roscoe Parrish virtually invisible, rookie K Dan Carpenter had a tough day. He did kick three field goals ranging from 35 to 45 yards, but he had one blocked because of penetration, and he repeatedly gave the Bills prime field position with short kickoffs. Jason Allen had a game-ending fumble recovery off a muffed punt by Parrish.

COACHING: B -- Offensive coordinator Dan Henning gets the game ball for taking advantage of gimpy Bills CB Terrence McGee and for finally getting Ginn involved in the deep passing game. His use of the pass on first down kept the Dolphins in short down and distance situations all game. Henning also effectively mixed in the Wildcat to keep the Bills defenders guessing. Head coach Tony Sparano fired up his troops at halftime and then intelligently asked Porter to get him the ball. Good advice.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 29, 2008

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