Let's face it....that was an UGLY win...and I mean UGLY! But you know what? The "W" is all that counts! And an L to the Jets makes that W even better.
But, an ugly game makes handing out Game Balls a little more difficult.
I mean, what do you do with a team that won a game, but only had 131 total yards?
But, before you take pity on me and the tough job I have, just know I do this out of my love for you...my fans...For without you, and your constant desire to read my outstanding work, I would just be putting words on a screen. You see...
Okay, I don't even know where I was going with that. But, if you would like my autograph, I'll be standing at the 50 yard line of New Meadow Lands Stadium. Just bring a glove and a marker.
Anyway, on to the Game Balls...
1-Yard Game Ball. Brandon Marshall. In an effort to continue the "Hey, at least he found the endzone!" streak, Marshall gets one yard here. Wouldn't it be awesome if Miami could find the endzone more than once a game?
2-Yard Game Ball. Sean Smith. Really wanted to give Smith more yards, but even with his 4 passes defensed, there was something lacking from his stats. What was it? Oh, at least one interception. Of those 4 passes, he probably could have picked 3 of them. He also contributed 5 solo tackles, with one for a loss.
3-Yard Game Ball. Cameron Wake, Karlos Dansby, Channing Crowder, Koa Misi. These guys combined for 25 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 tackles for loss, 1 pass defensed, and 1 QB hit. A great game from all of them - and especially for Wake, who continues to pace the NFL in sacks, and is beginning to enter the discussion for Defensive Player of the Year.
4-Yard Game Ball.To keep the defensive love fest going (again, 131 yards of offense doesn't help the O get love), this goes to the D-Line. Randy Starks, Paul Soliai, Kendall Langford, Tony McDaniel, dominated the Jets, with Starks finishing with 3 tackles, 1 for a loss, Soliai again clogging the middle and racking up 3 tackles, 2 for a loss, and 1 sack, Langford adding 4 tackles and 1 sack, and McDaniel accumulating 3 tackles and 1 pass defensed. A great game for the D-Line.
5-Yard Game Ball. Brandon Fields. Wow! That's really all that can be said for Fields' performance on Sunday. Fields had 10 punts...yes TEN....with an average of 56.4 yards. His longest kick was 69 yards. Fields was the most dangerous weapon Miami had on the...well...field. No matter where the offense stalled, Fields made sure the Jets didn't get the ball with good field position. As Matty pointed out here, Fields dominated the field position game, including a punt from the Dolphins' own 7 yard line, resulting in the Jets starting at their own 35. Amazing.
Sack.I really wanted to give this to Chad Henne, who continues to struggle with his vision on the field. I know it was pouring rain, but 5 for 18, for 55 yards sucks. There's not other way to describe it. But, I'm going to go the even more obvious route here. Sal Alosi get's -15 yards on this one, a penalty that should have been tacked on during the game too. How do you trip someone - especially when you are a coach. Now, apparently, the Dolphins have to watch out for the Jets coaches as well as their players. Just ridiculous. At least he got hit, and hit extremely hard, in the wallet and in the job performance. With a $25,000 fine and at least a three game suspension, Mr. Alosi definitely was made an example of what not to do when standing on the sidelines.
Well, another road game, another road win for the Dolphins. Hopefull, we can put up our second home win of the season when the Bills come to Miami next week.