Where’s the strong and physical Dolphins team we kept hearing about? Last week the run defense was exposed. This week it’s the pass rush that was exposed heading into the lightning delay just as the third quarter started. It’s still not fixed. Still doing nothing. Still looking like dog poo since Cameron Wake went out the door. The Dolphins trolled the waters hoping they’d get something in Shaq Lawson, Emmanuel Ogbah, Kyle Van Noy and a new defensive coordinator. And? Nothing. Zip. On WQAM’s radio broadcast, Hall of Fame rusher Jason Taylor referred to how comfortable Allen was in the pocket with the wonderful phrase, “ten toes down.” He stood there, calmly looking downfield and having a field day (see No. 5).
2. Are we sure there’s no curse at play? Cornerback Byron Jones was as durable as it gets in the NFL. In five years with Dallas, he missed one game – 79 of 80, he played in. The game he missed with an ankle injury was last Dec. 29 – an inconsequential season finale as the Cowboys already had missed the playoffs. Yet less than five quarters into a Dolphins career where he was (temporarily) made the richest cornerback in NFL history, he went out of the game with a groin injury. Repeat: Groin injury. That’s not career threatening. It is, however, the type of troublesome injury that puts players on the shelves for weeks depending on its severity. The Dolphins defensive premise was to have two shutdown corners if they could stay healthy. Xavien Howard was the one everyone worried about considering he’s played 40 of 64 career games. But there went the big plan and that meant …
3 … Rookie cornerback Noah Igbinoghene was matched up one-on-one at times with Buffalo receiver Stefon Diggs. And Diggs looked everything as advertised as Buffalo’s prized off-season buy. He immediately beat the Dolphins rookie for 25 yards. The real problem was the Dolphins had to shuffle all their coverages. Nik Needham was called for two holding penalties in the first half. No, that’s not true. The real problem is there’s no pass rush at all. None. Zip. Read No. 2 again.
4. Josh Allen. He’s on the long list of quarterbacks the Dolphins didn’t want. Remember? Buffalo traded ahead of the Dolphins to get him in 2018? The word from the Dolphins was they would’ve taken Allen if he fell to them at No. 12. Well, two years later, the Dolphins hope they got their franchise quarterback. Meanwhile, Allen looks great through two games in his third year. I’m not sure I trust it considering his metrics on completions over 20 yards are awful. But … he was 15-for-22 for 249 yards and two touchdowns at half on Sunday. Half! He also ran twice for 20 yards.
5. We are not looking at this anymore. Repeat: Not looking. But if you were looking Ryan Tannehill completed 15 of his first 17 passes for 211 yards, four touchdowns and a 158.0 rating
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