We haven’t watched more than a couple minutes of the Miami Dolphins this year so we were fortunate enough to exchange a few questions with Cody from Phins Phocus. Our answers to Cody’s questions are up as well over at Phins Phocus.. We touched on the Dolphins’ best players, headshots, the Wildcat, and much more, including a prediction from Cody. Jump it to get into all the fun!
2. I’m all for the research on concussions, the improvement in equipment, and making sure players don’t go back on the field once they’ve had a head injury, but you can’t change the way the players play the game and have always played the game. Violent hits are a part of football, and the players were well aware of that when they made the career choice to play this game for a living.
If they must make these regulations, though, at least be fair to both sides of the ball. The defensive players are getting singled out when lead blockers often lead with their helmets and defenders are blindsided by crushing blocks in the open field all the time. Nothing wrong with those plays in my opinion but it seems like the league is setting a bit of a double standard. But then again, if James Harrison wants to stand by those retirement comments for this game at least, I’m all for the new rules.
There a couple things still holding him back, though. He likes to stare down his receivers far too often, and still struggles with putting touch on the short to intermediate throws. On the bright side, the improvement from last year has almost been night and day. That probably has a lot to do with Brandon Marshall, but this year I feel like he’s actually capable of going out and winning games for the Dolphins, as opposed to last year when his job was primarily to hand the ball to Ronnie and Ricky and not make any stupid decisions.
4. The wildcat has been very ineffective so far this season. I don’t think defenses are doing anything different, I just think the three new starters along the interior offensive line aren’t blocking very well. The Dolphins put it on the shelf a week ago in Green Bay, but against a defense like the Steelers we may see it a few times simply because it’s going to be so difficult to get the running game going out of base formations. Having said that, I don’t expect the Dolphins to be very successful at running it because the Steelers are so dominate physically. To me, the wildcat is nothing more than a power running formation. Sure the little misdirection helps, but if you can win the battles in the trenches your going to shut it down.
5. I expect the Dolphins to come out and air it out a bit. Yes, they still want to be a run first offense, but I don’t think they will be able to get anything going with Ronnie and Ricky until they get the Steelers defense back on their heels a little bit. If Chad Henne can play mistake free football this is going to be a game. But that’s a whole lot easier said than none against a defense like the Steelers. I am also very worried about the Dolphins’ run defense. I see Mendenhall breaking off big chunks of yardage testing the edge of the Miami defense, and Big Ben making just enough plays to keep this game out of reach.
Pittsburgh 20 Miami 10