Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Positives and Negatives from Dolphins' first game
The Dolphins/Texans game last Sunday was pretty much decided in the first quarter. The Dolphins gave up 24 points in the first six mintues on their way to a 30-10 loss. Here are my positives and negatives from the game.
Defensive Tackle Randy Starks had himself one heck of a game, with two sacks and six tackles. While the Texans offensive line was mainly focused on Cameron Wake, Starks was able to get into the backfield, along with Paul Soliai. Soliai had two tackles for loss on Sunday.
Koa Misi also added in 11 tackles. Offensive lines will key on Wake all season, so it is important for other players in the front seven to step up.
Reggie Bush picked up where he left off last season, by gaining over 100 all-purpose yards. Bush was clearly the best player on the Dolphin offense against the Texans.
Devon Bess and Brian Hartline had solid games. While their numbers weren't spectacular, they gave Ryan Tannehill other reliable targets other than Bush
Speaking of Tannehill, while his stats say he had a horrible game with three interceptions, I saw positives signs from the rookie. He completed over 55 percent of his passes while being pressured all day. Tannehill was facing maybe the best defense in all of football in the Texans, so I wouldn't judge him too harshly off that performance.
Offense looked horrible at times and receivers other than Bess and Bush seemed like they couldn't get open. I know the Texans maybe didn't allow Tannehill to have as much time as he would have liked, but you have to help the rookie out by getting open.
The final seven minutes of the first half were terrible to watch. The Dolphins threw two picks and fumbled in their own territory. Houston turned these opportunities into three touchdowns. That was game, set and match after that.
Secondary is a concern as Andre Johnson able to do whatever he wanted to, all day long. He had eight catches for 119 yards and one touchdown. Yes I know he is Andre Johnson, but the Dolphins failed to slow him down at any point during the game. Sean Smith, Richard Marshall, and Nolan Carroll will be playing the Oakland Raiders receivers next week, so that will be a much easier challenge.
Everyone knows the Dolphins are a young team and they will take their lumps during the season. I would tell Dolphin fans not to freak out over one game because the Texans are one of the best teams in the NFL.
The Dolphins can beat the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. The Raiders looked as badly as the Dolphins against a team that wasn't as good as the Texans. This is a big game for both teams, so I expect a really good game.
Raiders secondary is not good at all, so Tannehill and Bush should have much better games than against Houston.
Dolphin fans, Phins up and stay positive.