Dolphins Take Positives From Loss

There were some positives for the Miami Dolphins on Monday night during their 38-24 defeat against the New England Patriots. Chad Henne, for one, threw for a career-high 416 yards. The Dolphins' revamped, more aggressive offense appeared to be just that. Coach Tony Sparano was more bold and assertive, just as he'd promised to be.

Those were the positives. Then there was the defense.

A unit that was expected to be one of the NFL's best had no answer for the Patriots' passing game. Tom Brady has been one of the best quarterbacks in the game for a long time but he'd never had a game like the one he had on Monday night.

Brady passed for a career-high 517 yards and four touchdowns, including a 99-yarder to Wes Welker that put the game away in the fourth quarter. Told Brady's stat line afterward, Dolphins safety Yeremiah Bell said, "Embarrassing."

The Dolphins were frustrated enough on Tuesday to release cornerback Benny Sapp, who was particularly bad when the Dolphins used an extra defensive back to attempt to combat the Patriots' passing offense.

"They threw the ball for 500 and something yards last night, I think," Sparano said. "So nobody really in the back end played tremendously well. ... They had 296 yards either after the catch or after contact, 99 of it on one play.

"Those are things that we got to do a better job of back there."


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