Coming into the 2011 season, we thought we knew how good the Miami Dolphins defense was going to be….we knew that Chad Henne would be the problem….or the O line….or the fact that the Dolphins don’t have a bruising running back. After one week, it appears we were wrong about the Dolphins. The Dolphins opened up the 2011 season last night with a frustrating loss to the New England Patriots, 38-24. The game was close mid-way through the 3rd quarter, 21-17, although the Dolphins defense wasn’t giving us much hope at the time. The Patriots moved the ball effortlessly against the ‘vaunted’ Dolphins defense. In total, Tom Brady through for 517 yards, 4 TDs and 1 INT….Those are ridiculous numbers, even if you’re playing Madden….But Brady did that against the #6 defense in the NFL last year. It was clear that the Pats gameplan was to run no huddle and tire the Dolphins defenders out….it worked…..it worked all night. It worked to the point that Dolphins defenders (Vontae Davis, Sean Smith, and others) were leaving the game because of cramping.
At one point I tweeted that some one should wake Mike Nolan up…clearly he was sleeping because he made no adjustments….at least none that worked. Brady lit up the Dolphins defense, by utilizing Danny Woodhead and his tight ends ALL NIGHT. The Dolphins have been plagued by tight ends burning them for years, which is why they’ve brought in Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett…TO COVER FREAKING TIGHT ENDS. None of it worked…NOTHING. The Dolphins defense should be embarrassed to go into that film room today. Mike Nolan was probably up all night, along with Tony Sparano. Simply put, their defense, which was supposed to be a strength of the team, go lit the heck up. The front 7 generated very little pass rush and didn’t touch Brady for almost all of the first half.