Hello everyone! Incase you dont follow me on twitter, IG, or FB, I was asked to do a pre-game write up on the Dolphins vs Patriots game. This request came from the Palm Beach Post. I wrote two different write-ups, with two different types of swag. The swag that was posted can be found here. http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/football/miko-grimes-wife-of-miami-dolphins-cb-brent-grimes/nhFsq/ (I hope this link thing works!)
The other, I will post for you here. Im not proofreading it, or even looking it over to find errors. Im drunk and celebrating the win, so please dont judge me!!! Here it is! Let me know which version you like most? The “Miko” version, posted above with a link, or the professional version.
Week 1: Dolphins vs Patriots
If there were ever a time to play your division leader, of the past decade or two, it would definitely be week one of the 2014 season with this Miami Dolphins team. Although coming off of a disappointing 8-8 season last year, and not reaching the playoffs, the Dolphins front office has been very active in the off-season, plugging holes and quietly putting together one hell of a team.
The Offense: Miami’s offensive scheme needed a face-lift so they went out and got an offensive guru, Bill Lazor, to give it a new look. Last season, the Dolphins threw the ball more than 60 percent of the time, which was fourth highest in the NFL. Unreal!! In order to win football games, your team must be able to run the ball efficiently. Although the team already has an exciting outside the tackles type of runner in Lamar Miller, the Dolphins addressed their need for a guy that could run down hill between the tackles with Knowshon Moreno. In the third preseason game against the Cowboys, Moreno recorded 10 carries for 64 yards, letting the team know he was recovering nicely from his offseason knee injury. Once the team establishes the run, their newly renovated offensive line featuring (2014 first round draft pick) RT Ja’Wuan James and newly acquired LT Branden Albert should give Ryan Tannehill enough time to relax in the pocket and hit their speedy receivers with ease. This offense is designed to keep the field spread, isolating the defenses linebackers in open space. New England’s defense has a lot of big linebackers and lineman so Miami’s spread offense and speed around the edges will be an advantage. Having an advantage will not get the Dolphins a win. They must play fast, be physical with that big defensive line, and execute the offense if they want to put points on the scoreboard.
The Defense: The Dolphins defensive line is arguable one of top 5 in the NFL. While most teams have a rotation that weakens when the subs come in, Miami’s defensive line loses little to no push with its second unit, as witnessed in their 42 sacks last season, which was 11th in the NFL. Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle has put together a scheme that allows our defensive ends to pin their ears back and go after the quarterback, while their athletic and aggressive secondary controls the sky. When you play against an offense like the New England Patriots, you must get to the quarterback if you want to stand a chance. You must also control the fly zone because if you dont, Tom Brady will find the holes and pick you apart. Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes is coming off an amazing season where he didnt allow a single touchdown, tied for a team high 4 interceptions, and returned to the Pro Bowl for the second time in his career. The secondary is rounded off by a feisty new edition at RCB in Cortland Finnegan, and a playmaker at CB turned SS Jimmy Wilson. The Dolphins lost starting SS Reshad Jones for 4 games, due to a violation of the NFL’s performance enhancing drugs policy, allowing up and coming CB Will Davis to see lots of playing time as the defense shifts in Jones’ absence. If there is a weakness on the Dolphins defensive unit, it would be without a doubt the linebackers. Koa Misi has been moved to middle linebacker, meaning he has accepted his role as the nucleus of the poorest unit of this defensive group. The Dolphins expect Misi to become the leader of this unit and command most of the workload this season. If the Dolphins linebackers don’t want to be known as the weakest link, they must defend the run and cover tight-ends much better than they performed last season. As a defensive unit, the Dolphins must get pressure on a pretty solid offensive line and never allow Tom Brady to feel comfortable in the pocket. The defense must also tackle well, which decrease the yards after the catch, and win the turnover battle in order to help their team get a win in the hope opener.
The Coaches: When you go up against an impressive coach like Bill Belichick, your players not only have to play better than his, you must also out coach him. Belichick is known for finding the weakness of his opponent and exploiting it the entire game. He also makes important adjustments to his own team, causing lots of confusion for many defenses around the league. Last year in Foxborough, the Dolphins were up 17-3 at the half, and lost the game 17-27, mostly due to poor coaching adjustments. I was at that game and I cant tell you how disappointing it was to be up by two touchdowns at the half and be outscored in the second half by 24 points. When you have the Patriots coaching staff confused and down, you must keep them there and finish them off. Sunday’s game is a very important game for the Miami Dolphins as they are starting the season against a Super Bowl contender and division rival. If this team wants to be taken serious and shed the image of being a mediocre, typical 8-8 team, Sunday is the day to get a win and make the rest of the league take notice.