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Miami Dolphins Strategy and Personnel 2008-12-30


Miami Dolphins Strategy and Personnel 2008-12-30
PLAYER NOTES


--QB Chad Pennington is the new Dolphins career leader (with at least 150 attempts) in completion percentage with a 67.4 rate, topping Dan Marino's 59.4 and Damon Huard's 59.0.

--LB Charlie Anderson's blocked punt Sunday was the first by a Dolphin since Brock Marion blocked a Lee Johnson punt on Dec. 24, 2000, at New England. Coincidentally, the Dolphins won that game 27-24 to clinch the AFC East title, their last title until Sunday.

--TE Anthony Fasano caught his seventh TD pass Sunday, tying Keith Jackson's mark set in 1994.

--WR Davone Bess had six catches, giving him 54 for the season, the third-highest total by a Dolphins rookie and second among receivers. RB Terry Kirby holds the record with 75 catches in 1993.

--K Dan Carpenter drilled a clutch 48-yarder Sunday to give the Dolphins a 7-point lead with 3:21 left in the game. He had 21 field goals this season, tying Uwe von Schamann for second most by a Dolphins rookie, behind Fuad Reveiz's 22 in 1985.

--TE David Martin was knocked out of the game in the first quarter with a vicious shot to the back of the head. He had a headache and will be re-evaluated on a day-to-day basis before deciding if and when he could return to the practice field.

REPORT CARD VS. JETS

PASSING OFFENSE: A -- On principle alone, Chad Pennington deserves an "A" for 2008 for setting career highs in passing yards and for breaking Dan Marino's 1984 franchise completion percentage record by finishing with a 67.4 mark. He outplayed Brett Favre in every fashion, throwing two TD passes and finishing with a 113.2 passer rating. TE Anthony Fasano and WR Ted Ginn Jr. came up with tough catches, including both TD receptions.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B-plus -- While not spectacular, the Wildcat helped boost the rushing yards to 126 against a rugged defense that had been allowing less than 100 rushing yards per game. Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown both averaged 5.0 yards or better on their combined 21 carries.

PASS DEFENSE: B-plus -- CB Andre' Goodman continued his Pro Bowl-caliber play with two more picks, and rookie DE Phillip Merling turned the momentum in the Dolphins' direction with his interception return for a touchdown. In all, the Dolphins they made Favre look all of his 39 years. However, Favre did have his moments, including a 13-yard TD pass to Dolphins-killer Laveranues Coles, who was aided by a pick from an official. Favre wasn't sacked, but he was smacked around pretty good with three hurries.

RUSH DEFENSE: B -- Led by veteran DE Vonnie Holliday and a charged-up LB Channing Crowder, who refused to let a knee injury keep him sidelined, the Dolphins held AFC leading rusher Thomas Jones to a season-low 23 yards. Slot-back Leon Washington was more effective with 60 yards on 10 carries, but the Jets inexplicably abandoned the running game far too early, especially with Favre looking as if his aching shoulder was affecting his accuracy.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- If not for long snapper John Denny's uncharacteristic two high snaps -- including one that set up the Jets' go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter -- this would've been a stellar day for Miami's special teams units. Charlie Anderson had a huge blocked punt. P Brandon Fields sealed the victory with a perfect pooch punt to the Jets 1-yard line in the waning seconds, and rookie K Dan Carpenter drilled a clutch 48-yarder in the fourth quarter to give Miami a seven-point cushion. Also, the Jets' returners were non-factors.

COACHING: A-plus -- If Tony Sparano didn't lock down Coach of the Year honors, this award should be abolished. He's done what no coach has ever done before, let alone a rookie head coach. He's an excellent motivator who has an amazing eye for detail. He was aided by an excellent coaching staff, especially crafty offensive coordinator Dan Henning, who game after game came up with innovative play-calling to mask whatever deficiencies the team had.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 30, 2008

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