The Miami Dolphins finished their preseason with a loss at home in the brand new Hard Rock Stadium to the Tennessee Titans.
Let's review, shall we:
-Inconsistency: Will the real Dolphins Defense please stand up and play? Our Godzilla/Bambi performances can't continue. Our 1st game is vs. the Seahawks next week. The Titans created Dallas-sized holes through our run defense, exposing our LB corps and showcasing 2015 Heisman Trophy RB named . . . ummmm. . . Derrick Henry.
All 3 Titans' TDs were on the ground. I'm pretty sure the Seahawks are dissecting our preseason tape already since Marshawn Lynch retired last year;
-Battle For #3 QB: Our offensive camp JUST gave Tannehill permission to audible. Zac Dysert is improving on his offensive efficiency. Brandon Doughty is the pro rookie QB he's supposed to be; nothing to lose here. However, we can dare to dream of finding another #13, right?
Running Game: Another poor outing of just 53 total rushing yards in 4 quarters. Ever since the tandem of Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown both left in 2010, there has been a carousel of RBs here in our mythically sunny city. No sunshine here. Jay Ayaji shows flashes of potential, but that first-quarter fumble was tough on the eyes, maybe the game-killer. The Marino Era-RB of Tony Nathan was the best we had (post-Super Bowl Larry Czonka & Mercury Morris) keeping defenses honest;
-Special teams play looked slightly improved re: punt returns and the valiant efforts of Kenyan Drake. I am starting something called the "DH" award, given to the player or personnel that might not make ESPN at Monday after midnight, but probably noticed in opposing teams' film/planning. That said, the inaugural award goes to our CB tandem of Xavien Howard and Tony Lippett for an interception and humbling the Titans’ air attack. Final preseason ranks had us @ 16th or 17th defensively, and 26th, offensively. The Dallas game in its entirety and the Titans' ground yardage did us no favors. However, we finished in competitive company, with both the Broncos and Chiefs also finishing preseason at 2-2. This shows promise. We open against the Seattle Seahawks in week 1.