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Old 09-09-2012   #21
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With a greater team comes greater expectations...but yes, I agree with you. We can probably enjoy our season opening win before we start picking apart our deficiencies (sp.) but on the other hand...who the hell wants to read a bunch of sunshine posts?
Me. I do. It would be a nice change of pace from the normal.
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Lets not forget that our defense only gave up 3 points.

3 points.

3 points.

Didnt hear anyone talk about that much today so I thought Id mention it a couple of times.

When your defense only gives up 3 points in a game, what can you really be mad about?
Personally I love getting 3 and outs on Defense. We were really good about this last year and I want to see us continue that. That would be my only complaint.

On the bright side though I have seen one "Kareem Jackson sucks!" Post yet. Progress after all.
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The defense was a mixed bag yesterday. I saw some things that I didn't like, or rather, I didn't see some things that I wanted to see. They certainly didn't "dominate" from a statistical standpoint but I as I was watching the game again I counted 14 hurries, 4 knockdowns and 3 sacks. In 36 dropbacks that is getting pressure on the QB 24 times. The first quarter was pretty bad but after that the defense did what you want. If there was a concern it was the run defense but even that might be a little missleading. That all came on the first two drives (42 yards). After that they did nothing offensively at all Throw in that they only converted 2 (out of 10) 3rd downs.

Once they got it together there were two plays (11 and 13 yards) but he was contained for the majority of the game. In that situation though you are just trying to avoid giving up the long play. I'm ok with them. Tidy up a little bit though and this is still a dangerous defense.

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Look for Mercilus to begin making his mark in the back half/quarter of the season and into the playoffs. Takes time to grow into your big-boy pants.
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Something I liked were his shows of enthusiasm when the D made plays.
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Lets not forget that our defense only gave up 3 points.

3 points.

3 points.

Didnt hear anyone talk about that much today so I thought Id mention it a couple of times.

When your defense only gives up 3 points in a game, what can you really be mad about?
Exactly. I look at results, because in the end, the W or L is all that really matters. But, it's good to look at the details on how we got there, and only giving up a FG for four quarters is never a bad thing.
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Personally I love getting 3 and outs on Defense. We were really good about this last year and I want to see us continue that. That would be my only complaint.

On the bright side though I have seen one "Kareem Jackson sucks!" Post yet. Progress after all.
I thought Kareem Jackson looked really good yesterday.
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I thought Kareem Jackson looked really good yesterday.
He was solid..... I meant to say "I haven't seen one", but I'm sure everyone knew what I meant. I think they only completed 9 passes to receivers so I would say it was an effective day for our Corners. On 610 they set his over/under for interceptions at 1.5 so he's well on his way to covering that even if he needed an assist to get it.
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Somebody correct me if I'm wrong on this because I had a few beers in me at the game, but my impression watching it live was that Wade was calling a fairly vanilla game. I remember thinking that he wasn't showing all of his cards because he didn't need to in order to win the game.
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Somebody correct me if I'm wrong on this because I had a few beers in me at the game, but my impression watching it live was that Wade was calling a fairly vanilla game. I remember thinking that he wasn't showing all of his cards because he didn't need to in order to win the game.
I felt the same way. Almost like he knew they could beat a rookie QB with a simple plan, so no point in giving game film to future opponents.

The second half was a really soft coverage once we were up 21 points, and very vanilla from where we were sitting (Madden view!).
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Somebody correct me if I'm wrong on this because I had a few beers in me at the game, but my impression watching it live was that Wade was calling a fairly vanilla game. I remember thinking that he wasn't showing all of his cards because he didn't need to in order to win the game.
I haven't gone back and looked at the game again but I felt that way, too. Sure, we ran some blitzes and brought some pressures but it wasn't too different from what we were seeing in the pre-season.

He definitely didn't pull out all the stops.

Hopefully he can save some stuff up for Peyton so Peyton doesn't have our entire defense on tape to study.
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I wasn't really paying attention, I guess, and haven't gone back to watch in more detail... but... Mercilus got more playing time than I thought.

He was on the field during Cush's interception. I only realized that because I was watching the highlights on ESPN and saw Mercilus coming into the screen when Cush hit the ground.
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He was out there quite a bit...

Before each play I have this habit of doing a quick scan to see where everyone is lined up and who is on the field.
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Exactly. I look at results, because in the end, the W or L is all that really matters. But, it's good to look at the details on how we got there, and only giving up a FG for four quarters is never a bad thing.
Especially when you consider how The Dolphins were winning the field position battle for much of the first half.
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The defense was a mixed bag yesterday. I saw some things that I didn't like, or rather, I didn't see some things that I wanted to see. They certainly didn't "dominate" from a statistical standpoint but I as I was watching the game again I counted 14 hurries, 4 knockdowns and 3 sacks. In 36 dropbacks that is getting pressure on the QB 24 times. The first quarter was pretty bad but after that the defense did what you want. If there was a concern it was the run defense but even that might be a little missleading. That all came on the first two drives (42 yards). After that they did nothing offensively at all Throw in that they only converted 2 (out of 10) 3rd downs.

Once they got it together there were two plays (11 and 13 yards) but he was contained for the majority of the game. In that situation though you are just trying to avoid giving up the long play. I'm ok with them. Tidy up a little bit though and this is still a dangerous defense.

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Actually, I counted 27 pressures.
After the network displayed 2 sacks, 12 Hurries, 5 Knock-downs (QB Hits) and 3 Batted Balls, I counted 5 more situations:

1. The Texans hurried Tannerhill into a quick dump-off.
2. Another QB hurry resulted in an incompletion to the TE Fasano
3. A batted ball by Jamison
4. A safety blitz forced another hurried throw (and incompletion)
5. A sack by Jamison

And don't forget that we stopped Bush twice for a negative 2 yards each, but decided to accept holding penalties.

The Dolphins were also 0-3 on 4th down conversions.
The first quarter fumble by Tannerhill on 3rd and 6 was due on a 6-man blitz (5+Quin); Tannerhill was in a hurry to get the ball so he can get it off quickly to avoid the blitz.

A run blitz allowed Cushing to force a fumble on 3rd and 2.
The Phins were lucky to recover the ball and kicked the FG.

In the second quarter, Watt penetrated into the backfield while A. Smith shut down the other side. This allowed Quin to come in to knock the ball loose from the runner (Manning recovered).

The defense gave us good field positions to score 3 quick first half TDs.
And they didn't allow the Phins to do much in the second half.

I thought that was an outstanding performance.
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I felt the same way. Almost like he knew they could beat a rookie QB with a simple plan, so no point in giving game film to future opponents.

The second half was a really soft coverage once we were up 21 points, and very vanilla from where we were sitting (Madden view!).
Yeah but the Jags and Broncos can easily look at 18 games worth of film on Wade's defense from last year.

How much would Wade deviate from what he did last year? Then again, IIRC he did state that he only installed about 75% of the defensive playbook due to the lockout shortened season last year...so we'll see.
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He was out there quite a bit...

Before each play I have this habit of doing a quick scan to see where everyone is lined up and who is on the field.
Nice habit. Too bad David Carr never learned to do that.
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