It's week 3 in the NFL and the New York Jets are in town. We're coming off a big win vs the Raiders, and the Jets are coming off a disappointing loss to the Steelers. So here's what I'm looking to see out of our beloved Dolphins as they continue to progress into the team we all hope they will become.
Last week Reggie Bush put up 197 yards on 29 touches with 2 TDs. While we would all like to see that on a weekly basis, it's just not likely. But going up against the Jets and their 22nd ranked rush defense should benefit the Dolphins running game. Which should help the development of Ryan Tannehill as he'll have less pressure to create offense.
Can Brian Hartline continue to be Tannehill's go-to guy?
Brian Hartline had a career game last week putting up 9 catches for 111 yards. But that was against the likes of Shawntae Spencer, Phillip Adams, and Patrick Lee of the Raiders. Now he'll have the chance to prove he can be the go-to guy in this offense against two very good CBs, Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. Both of whom have already notched an INT a piece.
Will the pass rush ever materialize?
Through the first two weeks we've totaled 2 sacks, and they're by the same guy, Randy Starks. Even resorting to sending 5 or 6 guys regularly against the Raiders, we were still unable to register even one sack. Odrick has been almost non-existent, Olivier Vernon has been coming in on 3rd downs but hasn't shown much, and Cameron Wake, while getting the most pressure out of the bunch, has yet to record his first sack. Kevin Coyle has to find someone to help get pressure on the QB to help out a suspect secondary. I'd like to see Derrick Shelby get some reps in passing situations to see how he does.
Can the LBs cover the TEs?
In 2 games, opposing starting TEs have accounted for 10 catches for 173 yards. That's simply unacceptable, and something needs to be done. If that means bringing up safety help, then that's what has to be done. Not that Dustin Keller and Jeff Cumberland are real threats, but Keller has had good games against us in the past and will serve as a safety valve for Sanchez negating our pass rush.
Will the defense have an added advantage going against Sparano's offense?
Even though we had Brian Daboll and Dan Henning as OCs during Tony Sparano's tenure as head coach. I think the system will be relatively the same as to what he's implemented in NY. This should help the Dolphins defense in recognizing what the Jets try to do, especially in terms of any Wildcat packages they might throw out. Either way I'd like to see Kevin Coyle dial up the pressure like he did against the Raiders to try and force Sanchez into making bad decisions.