The Fins showed some grit last week. Down by 13 early, I like many others, thought another blowout was on the way. But the young guns came to play. Rookie free agent linebacker Zach Vigil’s blocked punt ignited the Dolphins, and they were able to squeak out the win. Surprised? Shouldn’t be, the Eagles have a lot of similarities to the Fins. It is the type of team that Miami should beat if they are on their game. But it was still impressive especially when you factor it was their 3rd straight road game. The wheels could have easily come off the wagon, down by double digits, giving up another embarrassing safety, but they battled back and truly showed me something. It is the type of win that I doubt Joe Philbin would have been able to coax out of this team but Dan Campbell can.
Before last week’s game I alluded to seeing what the young guys have. We certainly got to see it. Along with Vigils’s big special teams play, RB Jay Ajai galloped for 48 yards on only 6 attempts. Corner back Bobby McCain played 95 out of 96 snaps on defense and DE Chris McCain got a big sack on Sam Bradford that knocked Bradford from the game. The young guys came to play. Now can they continue it against Dallas?
Today starts the string of “quality” QB’s the Fins are going to face, albeit that Tony Romo is coming off short term IR. With the Dolphins line backing core banged up and showing zero ability to cover the tight ends when healthy, Romo will certainly be looking for Jason Witten & Gavin Escobar. Will the Dolphins be able to stuff running back Darren McFadden and the highly praised Cowboys offensive line? Miami should be able to score points on offense, keeping the running game in check and controlling the Dallas Tight End’s should be the key to the game. Romo scares me, but I think the Fins win the game 27-17.
A caveat to last week – Do I think Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is still the true front runner for the Miami Dolphins Head Coaching job? Yes and No. Yes I still think he is the front runner, but I do think if Dan Campbell finishes with a winning record it will be hard to replace him. It will be impossible to replace him if somehow the Fins make the playoffs. So right now, while Miami is still in playoff contention Campbell still needs to be looked at as the front runner.
Miami Dolphins New Head Coach Rankings:
1) Dan Campbell – He has to be the front runner with a winning record and the Fins still in Playoff contention
2) Hue Jackson – Tannebaum #1 target. There will be competition to get him, rumors have it that the Titans are already interested as well.
3) Urban Meyer – Any Dolphins HC list needs to include a big name, just so the media can continually harp on the meme that Steve Ross will want a big name. But Meyer could make sense, plus it would be a huge bonus for Michigan to get Meyer from Ohio State.
4) Dirk Koetter – Will not be a popular name amongst Dolfans, but has a relationship with Mike Tannebaum
Everyone enjoy the game!