Well the jests have convincingly destroyed the Pats on both sides of the ball.
Which of course is a blessing and a curse. Blessing:The Darth belacheat and hunky long curly locks Brady look very beatable. But Sanchez, Braylon, LT, Shawn Green, and the offense have clicked giving Schottenheimer reasons to run up and down the sideline like the little pig screaming wee all the way home. I know everyone on this blog watched the jests/pats game and were hoping that the jests would lose due to all the smack talk Rex and the jests organization have spewed all off season and on hard knocks. But I would argue that this is a good thing that the jests destroyed the pats because when the Dolphins beat the jests, well who am I kidding, the media will say the jests lost the game and are not worthy for the Superbowl discussion just yet. But Sanchez is still growing and will develop into a playoff caliber QB soon enough. And the Dolphins... Cool looking orange jerseys?
But continuing with the argument that this sets up an awesome match-up between the jests and the Dolphins is this game has all the makings for the Dolphins offense to come out and finally show they have what it takes to be talked about as contenders and not pretenders. We can all agree now that the Dolphins have a playoff level Defense. Dansby is earning his paycheck, Nolan is a genius D-coordinator, Wake is playing scary while as always looking scary, and Vontea, Allen, Smith, Carrol, Bell, Clemons are quietly making our secondary solid. Yeah, I said Clemons. Meaning he's doing his job. I feel that a good FS has the uncanny habit of not making his name mentioned much because that means he's doing his job right. But everyone has questioned the offense. Yes, I would agree they look anemic but I would argue that's by design. We have to remember that this is the first time that Henne is the starting QB and FO want to give him as many chances to win early so his confidence doesn't get struck a huge blow. At least that's my thinking for the first two games. My defense for the offensive design of Hennings was designed to win the first two games of the season by going conservative and open up the playbook in those two games in drips and drabs to see how Henne and the offense would look like and let the defense carry the offense. I think that Sparano and Henning knew that their offense being super young and chemistry still developing felt that they should give a good two game cushion for them to gel and go bonkers in the home opener. The other reason for this is they knew, correctly, that the jests were truthfully going to be the team to beat in their division. With that in mind they would give as little tape on their offense as possible to fat Rex and his dominate defense as possible. So when they played them and their true playbook is opened fat Rex wouldn't know what hit him. At least that's what I'm hoping.
But my logic for that argument is they have a Quarterback in Chad Henne a true #1 in Brandon Marshall a solid #2 in Brian Hartline a shifty/acrobatic slot reciever in Bess a true beastly blocking Full Back in Polite and a one-two combo at the running back position in Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams and an Offensive line that can get it done. Why wouldn't you open up the playbook with the caliber of players in that line up? My guess is because they haven't gelled yet or have confidence in one another at the start of the season and Sparano knew that. But winning two away games is the ultimate confidence builder so when Henne enters the huddle and calls for an empty backfield everyone in that huddle will have no question that they will be able to do it. Or when Henning calls for Wildcat for the fourth straight time everyone in that huddle will have the trust that they can and will execute it to perfection.
So with the jests beating the pats I for one am so excited because that makes them a better enemy. And beating them in the orange jerseys on prime time, seeing the confused look on Rex's fat face, Henne unleashing his howitzer and connecting with Marshall down the field multiple times, Harline soldifying his a #2, Bess contorting his body and catching behind the shoulder missiles from Henne and looking so comfortable in doing so, and Brown running up the gut and throwing from the WildCat making everyone again say that it's not a trick play when the Dolphins dial it up will make orange jerseys and jests on prime time a great combination.