Fins Fans, are you excited for the 2010 season? After Saturday night’s strong performance, I sure am. The Dolphins 2nd preseason game in Jacksonville began with another nasty thunderstorm. Lightning delayed kickoff nearly 2 hours. However, this didn’t seem to rattle Miami’s starting offense. They were on a mission to put Jacksonville away early.
The Dolphins produced 160 yards and scored 17 points in four series with Chad Henne at the helm. In addition, the offense tacked on another touchdown under Chad Pennington in the final 2 mionutes of the first half. During the first half, the Dolphins’ starters outscored the Jaguars’ starters 24-12. Dan Carpenter kicked off the scoring with a 23 yard field goal in the first quater. Shortly after, Henne rifled two touchdowns to tight end Anthony Fasano and Chad Pennington fired a 10 yard touchdown pass to Ronnie Brown.
Miami’s offense was much more effecient from last week’s preseason opener. Henne completed 11 of 14 passes for 151 yards, added two touchdowns and finished with 151.2 passer rating. Moreover, Brandon Marshall finally put his money where his mouth is. Marshall added four catches for 67 yards. But, It was his superb blocking that proved even more valuable. He produced a great block on Anthony Fasano’s first touchdown and then followed with a vital block on Pennington’s touchdown pass to Ronnie Brown. This block eliminated Jacksonville cornerback Don Casey entirely from making his tackle.
Unfortunately, I can’t praise the defense in the same fashion. Miami’s secondary unit and special teams appeared as dismal as the weather. Missed assignments and poor tackling seemed to be a common theme during Saturday’s game. Veteran leader Yeremiah Bell expressed concern over the many mistakes. He stated,”We’ve got to get more competitive out there. The plays are there and we’ve got to make plays.” I hope Yeremiah can rally his unit for more consistency.
Other game notes include Patrick Cobbs flashing his speed and elusiveness. Cobbs produced some nice runs during the second half. Also, Nolan Carroll seemed to lock down the starting kick returner position. His break away speed appeared to be a natural fit.
In summary, the 2010 Dolphins took some hug steps forward from last week. Provided we tighten the defense, the Phins should make a run at the playoffs.
Eric Salazar is a Jabberhead and an SJ contributing author. Read more of Eric at Fins Fans: A Blog for True Dolphins Fans .
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