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Hartline joins the 1,000 Club
Ryan Tannehill registered a season-high passer rating of 123.2, as he comfortably outplayed his predecessor, Chad Henne, completing 22-of-28 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns to lead Miami to victory.
He showed good poise and footwork in the pocket and made good use of his speed and athleticism on several occasions too, running for 52 yards on eight plays, including a 30-yard run.
It may have been against a very poor defense, but Tannehill had a very impressive day both on the ground and through the air, and you can only play against what is in front of you. He made some tough throws and improved in the red zone to throw two touchdowns to Jorvorskie Lane and Anthony Fasano.
It was also encouraging to see Tannehill rolling out more often, and some inventive play-calling in the red zone managed to get Lane wide open for six points. Fasano opened on a successful two-point conversion. Credit must go to Mike Sherman for that.
Miami marched down the field with drives of 76, 60, 64 and 85 yards in the second half and limited Jacksonville to just 14 minutes possession in the final three quarters. Sherman deserves credit for that, while the players executed well too.
In contrast, Chad Henne is exactly what we thought he was.
For the record, I liked Henne and was desperate for him to succeed, but this game was proof that the Dolphins had to cut ties and move on. Henne made some good throws, but was inconsistent and inaccurate and threw a number of checkdown passes instead of taking gambles down the field.
It was pleasing to see Tannehill outplay Henne, and it will be even better to see Tannehill when he is surrounded by weapons, and he put up great numbers against Jacksonville with a very weak receiving corps.
Anthony Fasano and Brian Hartline proved the most reliable receivers, with the tight end catching six passes for 56 yards and a touchdown and Hartline gaining 77 yards on five receptions. Fasano showed what he can do in the red zone and how reliable he can be when he isn’t needed to help on the offensive line.
Hartline, meanwhile, became only the eight receiver to go over 1,000 yards for a season. It was a fantastic feat for Hartline, and a well-deserved one at that. He will be a free agent at the end of the season, but it is important that he remains in Miami, as he has great chemistry with Tannehill and is a very underrated receiver in the NFL.
Reggie Bush also ran for 104 yards on 21 attempts, although he struggled at times until breaking off a 53-yarder. It would have been nice to see him used more in the passing game, but another 100-yard game is not to be sniffed at.
The defense also played well, particularly on fourth down, where they stuffed the Jaguars three times to turn the ball over on downs. Excellent stops by Karlos Dansby (for the second successive week) and Jason Trusnik did the job before Cam Wake batted down a pass to end the game.
Jared Odrick and Kevin Burnett both registered sacks, as the Dolphins held Jacksonville to a paltry three points, which were registered on its opening drive.
Meanwhile, Miami’s own kicker, Dan Carpenter, went 3-for-3 on distances of 51, 30 and 31 yards. He also booted five of six kickoffs for a touchback. Do Dolphins fans still want Kid Rock replaced?