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Photo evidence of Solder holding Wake. Solder got away with that the whole freaking night!
It's great that I found this photo. Now there's photographic evidence that Patriots rookie Nate Solder held Cameron Wake the whole night. I wanted to get that off my chest—I caught him holding Wake like that (which is holding by the way) at least seven times in the first half.
Now, to answer the question I posed about the defense earlier: No, I don't think they're in big trouble.
Last season the only team the defense had trouble containing was New England. They were able to contain Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field and on top of that they contained Mark Sanchez, Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco and Jay Cutler as well.
In case you're keeping track, that's five of last season's playoff quarterbacks that the Miami defense contained last year. The rest of the playoff QB's didn't play Miami last season (Brees, Ryan, Cassell, Manning, Vick and Hasselbeck).
Brady now excels against Miami. It wasn't like that before, but it is now. New England's defense wasn't even what you would consider "good" today, but when you have a Tom Brady, you can still dominate.
But that doesn't make Henne a slouch—far from it.
I go back to Henne again because of how polarizing he's been all offseason. I know there are going to be some idiots out there—many of them reading this and ready to type out their "Chad Henne Sucks, We Should've Picked Mallett or Traded for Orton" diatribes—who will blame Henne for this loss.
(By the way, against Oakland Orton was 24-of-46 for 304 yards, a touchdown, an interception and a lost fumble. Not bad, but Henne had a much better night against a better team.)
Stop. If you blame Henne for this loss, you're an idiot who obviously has no business being a football fan.
Henne showed poise leading the Dolphins up and down the field. He only made one turnover (and it was a turnover that he should never have been put into position to make and didn't matter anyways) and only two or three bad throws (the aforementioned interception, plus the end-zone play to Brandon Marshall that was nearly picked off).
I felt the worst for him. You couldn't have asked for a better day from Chad Henne. The numbers speak for themselves (30-of-49 for 416 yards, two touchdowns, an interception, plus seven carries for 59 yards and a touchdown). Had Miami won, this game would have been seen as a breakout game for him.
In fact, if you somehow got the crazy inclination to start him on your fantasy team this week, more likely than not you won (unless your opponent had either Tom Brady or Cam Newton, of course).
Last season many of the Dolphins losses were about Chad Henne and the Dolphins offense letting Miami's stellar defense down.
Tonight, it was the Dolphins defense that let Chad Henne and the Dolphins offense down.
Now, next week against Houston, can we please make it so that nobody lets anyone down and Miami comes away with a victory?
Despite Houston's throttling of a Manning-less Indianapolis on Sunday, I'm going to go with yes.
I can already see the Dolphins offense building off of Henne's stellar performance tonight, while Miami's defense directs the anger they have towards themselves for Monday night's debacle on the Texans offense.
Thomas Galicia is a Miami Dolphins Featured Columnist. Follow him on Twitter @thomasgalicia. For more of his opinions, visit www.thomasgalicia.com, nominated by CBSMiami.com for "Miami's Most Valuable Blogger" in the sports division.