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From The Film Room | Dolphins – Jets

October 21, 2017 - Miami Gardens, Florida, U.S. - Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) celebrates a fourth-quarter sack at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Sunday, October 22, 2017. Final score: Miami Dolphins 31, New York Jets 28 (Photo by Andres Leiva/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)
(Photo by Andres Leiva/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)

Winning masks problems from an outside perspective, but the Dolphins coaching staff has plenty of teaching tape from Sunday’s win over the New York Jets.

It was a sloppy game for a number of units on both Miami’s offense, as well as the defense.

First, the defense:

– Tackling was poor. Kiko Alonso, Lawrence Timmons, Nate Allen and Jordan Phillips all had terrific opportunities to bring Matt Forte down on a 3rd and 19 screen play – all four failed to do so. Reshad Jones and Xavien Howard had Forte dead to rights in the open field – each whiffed.

– Communication breakdowns were too frequent. The Robbie Anderson touchdown was a flat gamble by Reshad Jones that didn’t pay off. It was the first of two coverage mistakes by Jones. Later, he jumped outside on a two-man route with Cordrea Tankersley playing outside leverage. Kiko Alonso struggled in this area as well.

Bobby McCain had a whale of a football game. His game winning interception was pure preparation. The Dolphins showed the Jets a flat-trap look earlier in the game. Josh McCown fired that pass to a stick route between McCain and Alonso. The Jets came back to it on that last play, and McCain baited the throw by peeling off his flat responsibility, forcing an easy interception.

Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh are the best defensive line duo in the National Football League, and it might not even be that close. Wake’s get-off and ability to bend the edge compliments Suh’ strength and unrelenting motor perfectly. These two have been utterly dominant all year. Jordan Phillips and Davon Godchaux had a number of good reps both against the run and pass.


Matt Moore provides the offense with a spark by his ability to stand in the face of the gun-barrel and throws dimes down the field. Moore’s ability to circumvent poor pass protection is his sticking point over Jay Cutler. Moore also anticipates far better than Cutler throwing balls to the top of the route far before the receiver makes his break.

– The offensive line is something of a mess at this point. Both the guards are terrible, the tackle play wasn’t good and Mike Pouncey had two atrocious penalties in the game. The tight end play wasn’t much better in this contest.

Jay Ajayi’s one-cut-and-run-like-a-beast style of football was not conducive to the playing surface at Hard Rock Stadium. He couldn’t get his footing and execute his sharp cuts to square his shoulders and inflict punishment. The Dolphins did call a gap-scheme on one play and it was successful gaining six yards up the gut.

Nonetheless, the Dolphins made enough plays to close out its third consecutive win. Winning 13 of the last 17 regular season games puts the Dolphins second only to the New England Patriots in that time span.

Miami has a chance to tie the Patriots, Steelers and Chiefs as best records in the AFC with a win Thursday night in Baltimore.

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Travis is a lifelong Dolphins fan that bases his writing on film study and analytical statistics. His passion for football is rivaled only by his passion for journalism. Specializing in all things Miami Dolphins and quarterback play, Travis also owns and operates, a QB grading site.


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