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The Splash Zone 10/4/23: Is Mike McDaniel worried about the Dolphins defense?

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After the Miami Dolphins were knocked out of the playoffs last season, Mike McDaniel made the decision to get rid of Josh Boyer and bring in Vic Fangio as the new defensive coordinator. After the first month of the 2023 season, there is some concern with how the defense has been performing. Everything seemed to go wrong on Sunday, when the Buffalo Bills offense shredded the Dolphins defense all game long. This is a whole new defensive system being implemented and it’s hard to expect players to just pick it up right away, considering the past three seasons were all about blitzing. Mike McDaniel has faith that the issues can get fixed and that’s all we can hope for at this point in time.

You can check out that story here, and the rest of the day’s round-up below.

How Worried Is Mike McDaniel About the Miami Dolphins' Defense?
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Dolphins Quarterbacks

Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa Should Absolutely Shred the New York Giants
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Dolphins Running Backs

Miami Dolphins have finally found their featured running back in De'Von Achane - A to Z Sports
The talented rookie should lead the Dolphins' backfield moving forward

Dolphins Wide Receivers

More Jaylen Waddle, Less Tyreek Hill in Miami Dolphins' Offense, Please
Tyreek Hill has more than twice the targets as Jaylen Waddle a quarter of the way through the season. That's not a great long-term ratio for the Miami Dolphins.

Dolphins Defense

Miami Dolphins News: Hey Vic Fangio - Just Blitz, Baby!
Vic Fangio isn't Brian Flores, but he might need to borrow a few blitz packages from the former Miami Dolphins head coach.

Dolphins 2023 Season

3 things we learned from the Miami Dolphins’ Week 4 loss to the Buffalo Bills | NFL News, Rankings and Statistics | PFF
As expected, Miami’s trip to Buffalo presented the toughest challenge of their season so far, and the Bills ran away with a decisive 48-20 victory, pulling into a first-place tie atop the division at 3-1. Here are three things we learned from the Dolphins’ Week 4 loss.

Final NFL 2023 Week 4 Observations ... With Miami Dolphins Angles - Sports Illustrated Miami Dolphins News, Analysis and More
Checking out the biggest storylines around the league involving Dolphins opponents and former players

Miami Dolphins 2023 Week 5 Power Rankings Roundup - Sports Illustrated Miami Dolphins News, Analysis and More
The Miami Dolphins' decisive loss against Buffalo obviously dropped them in the national power rankings, but how far down did they go?

Inside the Numbers: De’Von Achane Continues Hot Start in Week 4
We take a look at De'Von Achane's big day, Andrew Van Ginkel's strong performance, and other notable stats from Week 4 on Inside the Numbers.

Miami Dolphins could potentially get Nik Needham, Jeff WIlson and Robert Jones back this week - Sports Illustrated Miami Dolphins News, Analysis and More
The Miami Dolphins could be getting reinforcements as soon as this week because three former starters - Nik Needham, Jeff Wilson and Robert Jones - are eligible to come off IR and the PUP list.

Phinsider News You May Have Missed

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Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours.

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Recapping all the news around the AFC East, following Week 4 of the 2023 NFL season.

Mike McDaniel talks offensive line after Terron Armstead injury - The Phinsider
Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel spoke about the injury to tackle Terron Armstead and how the offensive line played against the Buffalo Bills in Week 4.

Who was the Miami Dolphins Unsung Hero Of The Week vs. Buffalo Bills? - The Phinsider
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Miami Dolphins add CB Mark Milton, WR Freddie Swain to the practice squad - The Phinsider
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Miami Dolphins Vs. Buffalo Bills Week 4 2023: Your Game Predictions That Hit! - The Phinsider
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