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In Grier We Trust?

Jason Hrina

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While we are in the process of applauding Chris Grier for amount of draft capital he was able to stash in the bunker, we may want to simultaneously question just how we got to this point.

After two decades of futility, the Miami Dolphins are finally in the perfect position to end this quarterback drought. Primed to either select the top quarterback in the 2020 NFL draft or trade up for the player they want, it seems like we may finally witness sustained success after sustaining failure for so long.

Of course, it comes with the caveat that they must select the right player – and that’s where the celebration turns to skepticism.

Barring a sudden change to the team’s front office, the Dolphins are about to let Chris Grier make the most important decision this franchise will encounter over the next two decades.

Do you trust him to make the right decision? Do you trust him with this kind of power?

Grier has been with the Miami Dolphins since 2000. In 2007 he was promoted to the Director of College Scouting – the guy that’s essentially in charge of identifying incoming talent. Then, in 2016, he was promoted to General Manager.

Under the guise of Mike Tannenbaum, it was believed that Grier was just a puppet in a position – no one believed he had much influence.

Grier took ownership for prior contracts and poor draft picks when Tannenbaum was fired after the 2018 season and he was given a vote of confidence as the man in charge.

“That’s 100% on me” I recall him telling everyone; letting us know that he had a hand in each decision that was made.

With that in mind, what decisions have been made?

We’ve brought up the Dion Jordan fiasco, the Daniel Thomas selection, and the Leonte Carroo embarrassment previously on this blog, so for the sake of this article, we’ll stick to more-recent transactions.

The man in charge of our future – the same guy that had a hand in building the mediocre teams we’ve witnessed the past few years – jettisoned most of the 2018 roster.

With the recent departures of players like Akeem Spence and Vincent Taylor, it makes me wonder how capable Grier is of assembling a productive roster.

Taylor was a phenomenal find in the 6th-round. He was a draft pick that Grier received massive praise for. Now, after two seasons, and while on the verge of breaking out, Taylor is cut.

Does this now mean that Taylor was a mistake? Is it a similar mistake to another 6th-round pick, Cornell Armstrong?

Late-round draft picks are “busts” more than they are “successful”, but what does it tell you about draft picks like Mike Gesicki, Raekwon McMillan or Cordrea Tankersley? What about Charles Harris?

Grier isn’t missing on late-round draft picks, he’s missing at the top of the draft board as well.

Now, we watch what could have turned out to be our best draft pick this century (Laremy Tunsil) leave the building in exchange for two 1st-round picks and a 2nd-round pick.

Over the past five seasons, Miami has drafted the following players in the first and second rounds:

  • # of Pro Bowls = 4
  • # of Players off the Team = 4
  • # of Contract Extensions = 1 (2 if you count DeVante Parker’s new 2-year deal)

Chris Grier has already had opportunities to turn this franchise around and he hasn’t. What makes you believe he’ll be able to do it just because he has more ammunition to misfire with?

I understand that players fit schemes differently, and Grier may have been drafting players to fit the desires of the coaching staff at the time, but most of the players did not pan out. Or, the coaching staff he hired as General Manager (Adam Gase) didn’t work out. If you want to say the coaching staff failed to develop the player, then who do we blame for choosing the wrong coaching staff?

This article isn’t to bash Chris Grier for his past mistakes, but it is to temper expectations when it comes to the future before us.

Yes, the path is painted pretty pleasantly for Dolphins fans, but up to this point, have they instilled any confidence that they can get us out of this purgatory?

Rebuilding requires you to tear down the roster, but the roster they’re tearing down is the roster Chris Grier built.

Removing Kiko Alonso’s bloated contract was a successful move, but who was responsible for giving him that bloated contract in the first place? T.J. McDonald was out of place in this defense (just like he was out of place in last year’s defense), and he was cut from the team. We celebrated the move, but do we remember who the General Manager was when T.J. McDonald received a contract extension strictly off of his training camp performance?

We all laugh at Jordan Phillips when the 2nd-round “bust” implies he wants to get back at the Dolphins for releasing him, but do we mock the person who selected the deficient defensive tackle and wasted an extremely resourceful draft pick?

Charles Harris was the fan’s whipping boy for a while, and may very well still be just that if he doesn’t turn it around this season. Why are we not whipping the General Manager who selected him in the 1st-round of the draft?

The Dolphins wanted to get more-athletic on offense, so they drafted a tight end with olympic-like combine numbers, just to watch Dallas Goedert and Chris Herndon drastically outperform Mike Gesicki.

What about the move to acquire Stephone Anthony for a 5th-round draft pick? What about the Robert Quinn trade that cost us a draft pick and $11m in salary cap space that we could have rolled over?

Less than a year after the Dolphins signed Ryan Tannehill to a 4-year, $77m contract extension, the Los Angeles Rams drafted Jared Goff and the Philadelphia Eagles drafted Carson Wentz. The Rams have since played in a Super Bowl and the Eagles have since won one. Grier may not have been the General Manager when Tannehill signed that extension, but as the Director of College Scouting there wasn’t any foresight that played into the potential extension?

Since 2010 (not counting the team’s recent draft class of 2019), you can say the Dolphins have “hit” on the following 1st or 2nd-round draft picks:

  • Mike Pouncey
  • Jarvis Landry
  • Laremy Tunsil
  • Xavien Howard
  • Minkah Fitzpatrick

That’s 5 out of a possible 18 players that have “worked out” for the team. I don’t know if you’re a big fan of math, but hitting on 28% of your 1st and 2nd round draft picks is pathetic.

So I ask you one more time, do you trust the man tasked with turning this franchise around? Because if he makes the wrong decision, we’re going to face another prolonged stretch of mediocrity.

Growing up a passionate Dolphins fan in Jets territory, Jason learned from an early age that life as a Dolphins fan wasn’t going to be easy. Previously the Sports Editor for his university newspaper, Jason has experience writing columns, creating game recaps and conducting interviews with Hall of Fame athletes (Harry Carson and Yogi Berra are two of his proudest interviews). When he’s not dissecting the latest sports news, you can find him perplexed over the Dolphins offensive line woes or involuntarily introducing music to his neighbors.

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    Bob Mitchie

    September 3, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Great article on Grier, I had similar thoughts, your details confirmed my suspicions. This will be an interesting 2 to 3 year build.
    On another note, I wonder if the locker room is on board. Leadership demands discipline and focus, which I support, but to be led without transparently is scary.

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    Bill Martin

    September 3, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    You’re assuming Grier had final, 100% say as to who was drafted and or signed from 2014 to 2018. He didn’t – Tannenbaum and Gase had the final say-so. Grier only got to offer his opinion, which I’m willing to bet was generally ignored. And you bring up Dion Jordan – don’t pin that one on Grier. That disaster is all on Jeff Ireland.

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      Bill Martin

      September 3, 2019 at 9:29 pm

      Why is my comment awaiting moderation? Is it because I disagreed with the author?

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    michael wise

    September 3, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    All the drama queen reporters for the dolphins are vocal in this article. Probably none of which have ever played football but the do get upset when the dolphins do something other then what they suggest. When are we gonna get some good reporting on the current dolphins team instead of past drafts and decisions that were made that are questionable. we don’t want your opinions we want the news so we can develop our own opinions. Glad I don’t live in South Florida the dolphin reporters there suck.

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      Todd

      September 3, 2019 at 4:12 pm

      Where is the thumbs up button?

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      Stoutman

      September 3, 2019 at 5:42 pm

      Where do some of these hacks who report on the Dolphins come from? The owner of this “cry baby” piece of journalism is clueless when it comes to what’s really happening in Miami.
      This is a true rebuild and everyone was made aware of this fact back in January. But these bozos act like Chicken Little and proclaim “the sky is falling” over these trades and moves that are currently being made.

    • Jason Hrina

      Jason Hrina

      September 7, 2019 at 8:48 am

      I’m sorry, Michael. I’ll refrain from writing any columns and strictly provide news from here on out, just for you.

      But seriously, you can blindly assume that our future is in good hands, but avoiding past drafts and decisions when the guy in charge of the rebuild had a say in those drafts and decisions is pretty naive.

      I’m excited for the rebuild. Every Dolphins fan should be. But it’s also ok to be skeptical.

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    Pauly

    September 3, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    If you count actual NFL teams voting with actual money in a bidding war then you have to include Olivier Vernon and Jua’uan James as 1st and 2nd round hits.
    But then again if you want to be a one eyed fan who thinks everyone who leaves the Dolphins is a bum you wouldn’t.

    • Jason Hrina

      Jason Hrina

      September 7, 2019 at 8:28 am

      Vernon was drafted in the 3rd-round. Most fans were down on Ja’Wuan James throughout his career due to his inconsistency. I haven’t heard anyone complain this offseason about losing James, and we have the worst OL in the league. But if you want to use second contracts as the barometer, then yes, James would be a “hit”. 6/18 or 33.33% isn’t much better

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    donv

    September 3, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    another hrina hit piece, inaccurate cherry picked facts and omissions. He was named GM in 2016,didn’t hire gase MT did. MT was in charge of free agent contracts and trades.Grier was strictly in charge of draft and I’m not even sure if 16,17,18 he had final say.

    He will be and has been a great GM/VP….we will be fine, he has no ego could care less about getting credit and he and Flores are in lock step on what it takes to build a team for long term success.

    BTW in any given year getting 3 starters from a draft is considered good, per Grier…we have more picks in 2020,2021 so likely 5-6 is what to expect.I’ll be happy with 10-12 new starters going into 2021 season.

    You obviously hate this team based on your writing, I can’t recall one positive or neutral piece yet. Maybe time to be armando Salquero’s copy boy jason

    • Jason Hrina

      Jason Hrina

      September 7, 2019 at 8:42 am

      Another Hrina Hit Piece, I like the way that rolls off the tongue.

      Not sure which facts you’re talking about. Grier was part of the Adam Gase hiring process. He’s been part of every process for a long time now. He has a hand in our current state of affairs, that’s really no secret.

      I think he’s been an adequate GM/VP, but I wouldn’t say great. Miami has been to two playoff games since he took over as director of college scouting. That’s not great.

      If you count Jason Sanders, he gave us 3 starters in 2018 and 2016. Tunsil was a great PR move and Howard was a great trade-up in the 2nd-round, he gets credit for that. But at the same time, it’s on to be skeptical. As for the pessimism, check out the staff predictions piece, my Preston Williams piece of when I say that Kenyan Drake won’t rush for 1,000 yards, but is the best RB we’ve had this past decade. Skepticism doesn’t make someone a hater.

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    CB

    September 3, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    I think the author’s big mistake here was to quote Omar Kelly, lol. But I think the overall argument has some merit. When you look at Charles Harris, Devante Parker and some of the other players associated with Grier he does seem to have some misses. I am also worried about his ability to pick players but I feel that way about most GM’s. I’m encouraged by the coach he chose because I feel like Flores will be able to lead men better than many of our former coaches. And I blame a lot of those insane contracts on Tannenbaum. MT was pretty fast & loose with Ross’ money and the team’s resources.

    I think many of our fans keep missing some of what works vs what doesn’t. Most fans have wanted “talent” and so did coaches like Gase. Well I was very upset about the Caroo trade. I was upset about the Dion Jordan trade but that was Ireland trying to save his job. I was pretty lukewarm about the Daniel Thomas trade. The biggest reason is that rarely is one player worth 2 or 3 players. In the draft you are speculating. How do you know that player is so valuable? Fact: Jimmy Johnson traded down successfully. Fact: Most of our other braintrusts traded up unsuccessfully. So lets remember our mistakes. I think Grier should trade down some of those picks. The patriot way is to collect 2nd round picks not 1st rounders. We need Grier to pick 2 players vs one until he can improve his average. Hopefully Flores and his staff will have better input than some of these past losers.

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    Dolphins Fan

    September 7, 2019 at 6:16 am

    Wow. First time reading one of this guys articles and probably the last time too.

    Good luck in your next line of work Sir!!

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Taco Charlton: New Acquisition Analysis

Travis Wingfield

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Dolphins go back to the 2017 first round defensive end well, claim Charlton from waivers

The 2017 Dolphins were, sadly, one of the more anticipated teams this organization has assembled in recent memory. Fresh off a surprise 10-win season, heading into year-two of the new system, and bevy of players returning from injury had fans feeling optimistic.

Patching up the perceived holes on the roster — like the defensive end position — started with an atrocious Andre Branch extension, and ended on the draft’s opening night with a handful of edge rusher prospects ripe for picking.

Derek Barnett came off the board before Miami could pluck the future Super Bowl hero, but everyone else was available. Jonathan Allen was selected five picks ahead of the Dolphins, but he was billed more as a three and five-technique inside player, not a true edge rusher.

That left Charles Harris, Taco Charlton, Tak McKinley and T.J. Watt. Two of those players are off to sterling starts in their young careers — the other two are nearing their respective last legs, and both are now Miami Dolphins.

Charlton received his release from the Cowboys earlier this week after an under-whelming 34-game stay in Big D. Taco’s snap count is revealing of the feeling about the player among the Dallas staff.

 

Year Taco Charlton Defensive Snaps Played (% of Cowboys’ Defensive Snaps)
2017 399 (38.2%)
2018 401 (39.2%)
2019 0

 

A 40-percent snap-taker is typically indicative of one of two things for an edge player. He’s either a situational savant — whether that’s to support the run game or pin his ears back and get after the quarterback — or that he’s the second option in the rotation, A.K.A. a backup.

Charlton’s production suggests that he was the latter, and only because of his draft status. His descent into a game day inactive signaled the end of his time with the club that drafted him.

Rumors of a trade were speculated as the reason Charlton was a healthy scratch for the season’s first two games, but Head Coach Jason Garrett referred to the numbers game. “We have 10 guys on the active roster on the defensive line and we dressed eight for the game. It felt like the guys we had up there gave us the best chance,” Garrett said via a report from Bloggin’ The Boys.

Still, we have 800 reps to look at to figure out where it went wrong for Charlton, and if he possesses a legitimate shot to fit this scheme and carve out spot in the future plans of the NFL’s most steadfast rebuild operation.

First, let’s start with the type of player Charlton was supposed to be coming out of Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan program.

The Dolphins are a team that adheres strongly to prototypes all over the field, but particularly in the trenches. Explosive metrics aren’t nearly as important as length, strength, read-and-react skillsets, intelligence to process and execute a variety of roles (stunts, twists, slants, picks), and most importantly, playing with heavy hands.

His fit begins with his build. At 6’6’’, 270-pounds with 34.5-inch arms, Charlton looks like plenty of defensive ends in a Brian Flores (Bill Belichick defense) before him. Charlton doesn’t check off all those boxes from the previous paragraph, but he hits enough of the buzz words to justify a flier.

This from Lance Zierlein of NFL Media.

That immediate get-off and quickness would’ve suited him better in Miami’s wide-9 alignment under Matt Burke. The length will benefit him, especially as he forces tackles to quickly get into their pass sets. The challenge will be developing a secondary move to work back inside and underneath the tackle.

The glowing praise for his twist, bend, and lower-body control will serve him well in a defense that will stunt, stunt, and stunt some more.

Most of all, the length will help him excel in this scheme as a run defender. To lock out and hold the point of attack are keys, and those are areas that put Charlton on the map as a first-round prospect.

The weaknesses from that blurb are alarming. Getting washed out of his gap by power and allowing blockers into his frame will earn him a quick ticket right out of town — those are the departments where the surprise cuts in Nate Orchard and Dewayne Hendrix struggled.

Lack of consistency, takes plays off, needs a coach that will push him — those are the final takeaways from Zierlein’s conversation with an anonymous AFC Executive.

If there’s any one thing you can point to with Flores as far as his football acumen — this excludes leadership and communication — it’s his ability to coach football (novel idea, huh?) This feels like a Flores pet project.

Let’s get into some of Charlton’s Dallas tenure, starting with his metrics from Pro Football Focus.

Charlton has 38 total pressures in his two years as a pro (4 sacks, 8 hits, 26 hurries). He compiled those numbers on 464 pass rush reps, a pressure on 8.2% of his pass rush snaps — not good. His 4.1 weighted pass rush productivity mark in 2018 ranked 132ndamong all edge rushers.

Charlton missed four tackles on 34 opportunities — an 11.8 missed tackle percentage, also not good. He made 23 run-stops on 346 snaps against the ground game. That mark — 6.6% — landed Charlton at 73rd among edge defenders in 2018, and 143rd in 2017.

The majority of Charlton’s work came from the right side of the defensive line (position vacated by Robert Quinn, currently held by a cast of many in Miami). Charlton lined up for pass rushing situations on the right side for 67.3% of his total reps.

Now, for the tape.

If Charlton can piece together the finer points of his game and develop a better arsenal or rush moves, he’ll stick as a building block. The decreased workload this year, his lack of production dating back to college, and inconsistencies makes one wonder about the drive and work habits.

We’ll quickly find out about the character of Charlton. If he embraces this opportunity, it’s a great landing spot for him. If not, he’ll be back on the unemployment line in short order.

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Josh Rosen Named Starting QB vs Cowboys; Claim DE Taco Charlton

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Only minutes after the Miami Dolphins’ Week 2 loss against the Patriots, Head Coach Brian Flores maintained that Ryan Fitzpatrick was the starting quarterback… “Right now”.

By Thursday afternoon, it became clear that “right now” had passed as Josh Rosen was announced to take over the starting QB position ahead of Miami’s first road trip this Sunday against the Cowboys.

Fans had caught intermittent glimpses of Rosen’s abilities through the preseason and he has seen the field during replacement duty in Weeks 1 and 2, so far completing 8/21 passes for 102 yards, 2 INTs and a 38.1% completion percentage.

While Rosen has not yet led the Dolphins to regular season points, the second year passer will find his opportunity to do so in Dallas and the Dolphins will be able to make further evaluation of 2018’s tenth overall pick.

Ryan Fitzpatrick’s veteran standing and experience had given him the early advantage, but the time has arrived in for the Dolphins to see what the future may bring – if anything – for Josh Rosen in Miami.

Whilst the national attention seems to be focused on Chris Grier’s rebuild of the roster, the Dolphins have claimed former first round pick, DE Taco Charlton, released by the Cowboys on Wednesday.

Charlton was the Dallas Cowboys’ first round selection in 2017, having played in 27 games (7 starts) and registered 4.0 sacks and 47 combined tackles.

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Dolphins Cowboys Week Three Preview

Travis Wingfield

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Dolphins Search to Stop the Bleeding in Big D

Who: Dolphins (0-2) at Cowboys (2-0)
When: Sunday September 22, 1:00 PM East
Where: AT&T Stadium — Arlington, TX
Weather: Dome
Vegas Slant: Dolphins +21

The hits keep coming for Miami. Another prominent fixture of the roster has been jettisoned, and another loaded team is on the docket for the downtrodden Dolphins.

This current iteration of the Dallas Cowboys is akin to what Miami hopes to build in a couple years’ time — stout trench play, emerging young quarterback, and star-studded skill positions.

Three touchdown underdogs for the second consecutive week, the Dolphins are introducing college point-spreads into the National Football League. Miami’s 19-point home handicap last week was the biggest such spread for a host team since the 2007 season, and the Dolphins are now channeling the 2013 Broncos-Jaguars game that climbed up over 25 points before betting closed.

The Dolphins were far more competitive last week, even if the scoreboard didn’t show it. Contributions from star Cornerback Xavien Howard, upstart Linebacker Jerome Baker, and surprising recent addition Vince Biegel were the silver linings in the 43-point thrashing; we’re looking for more of those in Dallas.

The Scheme:

Offense:

The switch from Scott Linehan to Kellen Moore might’ve been the biggest upgrade in the NFL this offseason. Moore, a coach’s son that made it to the NFL for his cerebral prowess at the quarterback position, is dressing up Dallas’ offense with disguise, misdirection, and tendency breakers.

Dallas varies it’s running scheme, but the talent to execute simple gap-schemes and power concepts allows Moore to get creative with the play action game. Cowboys players praise Moore for his nuance and emphasis on getting players in position to exhibit their best traits.

Scheming chunk-plays in the passing game, running the football to keep the offense on schedule, and devising red zone concepts to free up pass catchers in the condensed area already has Moore’s name circulating as the next hot head coaching candidate.

Defense:

On top of impeccable front-seven talent, the Cowboys borrow concepts from some of the most accomplished, revolutionary defensive schemes in the history of the league. Rod Marinelli still carries the title of Defensive Coordinator, but it’s a co-op with he and the up-and-coming Kris Richard.

With elements of the Tampa-2 from Marinelli’s days with the Bucs — and more recently in Chicago — fused with Richard’s rendition of the wildly popular scheme originated by Pete Carroll, Dallas is successful in a multitude of packages and pre-snap disguises.

Creating one-on-one rush opportunities from their elite pass rushers, while playing a variety of cover-3, 2, and 1 on the back-end, the Cowboys can apply pressure while dropping seven — the ultimate goal of every NFL defense.

Look for Chad O’Shea to attack this defense with more in-breaking routes. That means high-low and drive concepts (designed to displace zone coverage and attack the middle of cover-1 and Tampa-2 defenses) and seam shots with the Cowboys drop two deep.

The Players:

Offense:

Dak Prescott is off to an MVP-caliber beginning to his 2019 season. Prescott handles pressure in two ways — the type of pressure applied by ferocious fronts, and the pressure of big moments. He’s accurate, creates opportunities off-script, and allows Kellen Moore to utilize designed runs.

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Then there’s Zeke Elliot, who’s just getting rolling. Zeke, behind arguably the NFL’s best offensive line with the healthy Travis Frederic, Zack Martin, Tyron Smith and La’El Collins, Dallas can line up and push teams off the football.

The Dolphins must get big showings from Davon Godchaux and Christian Wilkins to hold the point-of-attack and free up Jerome Baker and Raekwon McMillan to meet Zeke in the hole.

Amari Cooper is one of the game’s best route runners, and he pairs that with size and speed. He’ll be a tough matchup for Miami, unless Xavien Howard wants to travel with the Cowboys play maker. That opens up another bag of worms, especially as Miami will be working in a new safety alongside corner-convert, Bobby McCain.

Jason Witten is back, but he serves mostly as an additional lineman and the forgotten man in the red zone (as far as the defense is concerned, Witten has two touchdowns already on plays that schemed him wide open). Michael Gallup will miss this game while the resurgent Randal Cobb will help keep the Miami defense honest horizontally in the misdirection game.

Defense:

Jaylon Smith leads the defense with his instinctive, urgent playing style that pairs well with uncommon physical traits. He and Leighton Vander Esch set the tone in the middle of the Dallas defense, and a lot of the scheme is designed to free these two up to wreak havoc. Smith’s athleticism allows Marinelli to keep the Tampa-2 concept alive.

Demarcus Lawrence is set to have a field day. Miami haven’t been able to block anybody this year, and now will have to handle one of the game’s best pass rushers against deafening crowd noise.

Byron Jones has fallen out of favor in Dallas. The dependable Jeff Heath, and the underrated Xavier Woods make it so, while Chidobe Awuzie locks down the opposition’s number one receiver. Dallas’ vulnerability in this position group from the perimeter corner position opposite Awuzie. Jones has been playing corner to pair with slot specialist Jourdan Lewis and Awuzie.

If Miami can create one-on-one passing opportunities into the boundary, look for O’Shea to attack vertically and hope to steal some points — the best bet here is likely Preston Williams.

The Medical:

The Concerns:

Quite literally all over the football field. Dallas can line up with power and milk the Dolphins defense dry. They can attack vertically, or in the controlled passing game with well-timed shot plays built into the offense, all on top of exceptional red zone production in the early going of 2019.

Demarcus Lawrence leads the team in pressures, but he’s only pulled the quarterback down once — that ties the team lead. This Cowboys pass rush is going to be champing at the bit to pad those stats, and there’s no reason to think Miami can handle the relentless pressure, even without blitzing.

The Opportunities:

Special teams might be the one area Miami can spark some magic. The Dolphins are off to a slow start in this department as well, but Jakeem Grant’s big-play ability will be needed if Miami are to pull the miracle upset.

Finding vertical shots — whether it’s Mike Gesicki splitting the Tampa-2, Preston Williams winning an outside release into the boundary without safety help, or getting a fly-by from Grant, Miami needs some fireworks.

The Projected Outcome:

The game plan came together defensively in the first half against the Patriots, but it’s a challenge for even the league’s best stop-units to carry a lifeless offense. Unless the Dolphins can finally sustain some drives and convert in the red zone, this game will get out of hand. It’s doubtful Miami can do that, so look for an aggressive offense that tries to hit the big play.

Dallas just has too much star power and excellent coordinators for Miami to pick them off — or even cover.

Dolphins 6
Cowboys 31

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