It took six weeks, but the Miami Dolphins finally decided to show up for a game in 2015. Interim head coach Dan Campbell led the team to a dominating win over the Tennessee Titans in his head coaching debut. The team finally seemed to be playing with some heart and some aggression, and they took it out on the Titans, and quarterback Marcus Mariota.
The Dolphins defense came to play on Sunday, and Mariota never had a chance. Miami teed off on Mariota all day, consistently getting pressure on the rookie, and pulling him to the ground often. Cameron Wake, who had one tackle and no sacks as a season total coming into the game, recorded four sacks and two forced fumbles. Olivier Vernon and Jordan Kovacs each added another sack to bring Miami's team total to six.
The defense was not done there, however. Rehsad Jones picked off a pass in the third quarter, returning it for a touchdown, and Brent Grimes added an interception of his own in the fourth quarter.
The offense changed things up in Campbell's first game, returning to the ground game to set up the pass. Entering the contest, Miami led the league in passing play percentage, throwing the ball more than 73-percent of the time. The team ran the ball with Lamar Miller, who carried the ball 19 times for 113 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Tannehill threw the ball 29 times, completing 22 of them, for 266 yards with two touchdowns. Tight ends Dion Sims and Jordan Cameron caught the two touchdown passes.
Perhaps the only thing that went poorly for Miami on the day was the two interceptions thrown by Tannehill. The first was on a crossing route from Cameron, with the ball bouncing off Cameron's hands. The second came on a play where Tannehill threw well behind Cameron, a play that appeared to have Tannehill thinking Cameron was going to run a hook route, while Cameron ran another crossing route.
The Dolphins scored early and often in this game, starting in the first quarter where they had been outscored 37-3. Miami scored first in the game, putting a touchdown on the board on their opening drive and never trailing. They were up 10-3 at the end of the first quarter, 17-3 at halftime, 24-10 at the end of the third period, and added another couple of touchdowns in the final period to win 38-10.
Miami will next host the Houston Texans, a team they have never defeated.