Dolphins Defense amidst Kakistocracy

Thankfully the DL coach didn’t get caught with Coke! ?

From CBS Miami

The Dolphins raced out to a 10-0 lead Sunday, with a Reshad Jones opening quarter 38-yard fumble return, acting as the Dolphins’ first touchdown during the first half of any game this season.

Following a late field goal in the first half, the Titans tied the game on their opening drive of the third quarter thanks to a touchdown pass from Matt Cassel to Phillip Supernaw.

The Dolphins took the lead for good, however, after an impressive fourth quarter drive ended on a third down touchdown pass to Jarvis Landry.

CHARLES HARRIS

The Dolphins’ 2017 first round pick had perhaps his best game as a pro, recording his first NFL sack while adding a couple quarterback hurries and a pass-defended. Slowly but surely he is working his way towards more and more playing time.

DOMINANT DEFENSE

Miami’s defense continues to look better as they get more practice time together. The Dolphins held Tennessee to just 188 total yards and an ugly 2-for-13 on third down.

Reshad Jones tied for the team lead with seven tackles but added two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a touchdown, and a half-sack.

RUN-STOPPING SPECIALISTS?

The linebacking corps of Lawrence Timmons, Kiko Alonso and Rey Maualuga played together for the first time this season and they looked very good, especially against the run.

Tennessee gained just 69 yards on 20 carries, good for an average of 3.5 yards per run.

PASSING GAME STILL NEEDS WORK

Miami attempted 27 passes today (26 by Jay Cutler) and completed just 12 of them. While many want to point blame towards Cutler, he rarely had any time to throw and was often barely able to get rid of the ball before being hit.

GAME NOTES
The Dolphins had more first downs during the fourth quarter (7) than in quarters one through three (5).
DeVante Parker left the game in the first quarter with an ankle injury and did not return.
Miami’s defense finished the day with six sacks. They had four in three games coming in.
Tennessee did not help their own cause, committing 11 penalties for 77 yards. Miami had just 5 penalties for 23 yards.
LB Rey Maualuga made seven tackles in his Dolphins debut and looked solid overall.

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