What a strange game! Blocked Field Goals, Hit Uprights, Two Pick Six Touchdowns, Pigeons? Of course what really matters is the Dolphins came away with a win. Here are my Top 5 thoughts after the game.
1.) Ryan Tannehill - Showed me something. Colledge was not ready to play and nearly got Tannehill killed. Brian Hartline dropped a few very catchable balls. Tannehill was under pressure and not getting much help and he still pulled it together to hit a big vertical route to Mike Wallace. He also used some well-timed read option runs to close the game out. Is Ryan Tannehill Peyton Manning? Of course not. However, you saw what it is like to have a bad quarterback today for Jacksonville. I am not meaning to rip on Bortles, he is a rookie and learning the game. But when you boil it down, the difference in the game today is Miami had a decent QB and Jacksonville did not.
2.) I think Daryn Colledge really did have a migraine. I know he is not some elite guard but he is not that bad. If he was just getting smoked it was a genus movie by Miami to keep the media heat of him. With that being said, we have Detroit, Buffalo and the Jets coming soon. All those teams have very good D-Tackles. Colledge is going to need to play ALOT better.
3.) Brian Hartline play has clearly dropped off. (Yes I am going to be a bit of jerk) But how about he starts spending more time after practice like Mike Wallace on the jugs machine and less time modeling clothes and working on end zone dances that gives us penalties. It is time for Bill Lazor to start using Gibson and Mathews more snaps to send Hartline a message.
4.) Our Defensive Line is amazingly loaded. I am not talking about 4 really good Dlineman. I am talking more like 8 very good defensive line players. Considering the defense was again on the field almost the whole first half and Vernon was making big plays fresh is amazing. Dion Jordon and Derrick Shelby allowed Wake and Vernon to rest without a huge drop off.
5.) Now we find out if Miami is Playoff team. San Diego, Detroit and Buffalo are all playoff contenders right now. We won't be able to overcome the offense laying an egg in the first half and the special teams playing poor. I know Miami is not a bad team. But we are now going to find out if they are a good team.