This Sunday, the Miami Dolphins face AFC conference rival and reigning world champions Baltimore Ravens. The challenges facing Miami will continue; Injuries to starters and key players, the inability of the offensive line to protect QB Ryan Tannehill and play makers not stepping up when needed and not living up to their expectations.
The latest injury report from the Miami Dolphins is out and it is still probably the biggest area of concern for team and fans alike. Below is the latest injury report, courtesy of Dolphins.com:
CB Dimitri Patterson (groin) did not practice
WR Brandon Gibson (ankle) was limited
S Don Jones (elbow) was limited
LB Jason Trusnik (rib) was limited
DE Cameron Wake (knee) was limited
CB Nolan Carroll (ankle) practiced in full
S Chris Clemons (glute) practiced in full
LB Dannell Ellerbe (knee) practiced in full
LB Jonathan Freeny (shoulder) practiced in full
LB Koa Misi (shoulder) practiced in full
DT Paul Soliai (knee) practiced in full
The report has been progressively getting better every week, but it is still an area of concern for most of us, especially when we consider the names on that list. Sometimes in football, new playmakers emerge and step into the limelight as a result of injuries to other players. One notable case was that of hall of famer Dan Marino, who came into the game after injuries sidelined QBs David Woodley and Don Strock. I’d like to see Dion Jordan come in to help, not only as a pass rusher, but I would also like to see how he does protecting against the screen. We still haven’t fully figured out how to do that.
There isn’t anything I can say regarding the offensive line other than the coaching staff has to provide our QB a strategy that will enable him to circumvent that problem. The running game can only be as good as the blockers in front execute their respective zone blocking assignments. We must be ready to set up the deeper pass by punishing the opposing defense each time they attempt the blitz, and not by pretending our O line can keep a healthy pocket intact for longer than 3.5 seconds. We must turn the short pass to the RB into an art form.
Finally, we have the playmakers who are not stepping up. Once defenders realize a deep threat isn’t threatening at all, they will stop double covering him. That could make things more difficult for our existing playmakers. New blood must be injected into the fray. We must turn to players like Clay who has already contributed his share and Thigpen, who has shown flashes of potential, but who have not been used nearly as much as they have been in drills in practice and training camp. Go Dolphins!!!! – Miami Jules (@Miami_Jules on Twitter)