REPORT CARD

Here's a breakdown of how every unit on the Dolphins performed in the 30-3 victory over the New York Jets.

QUARTERBACKS — Jay Fiedler's completion percentage wasn't nearly as good as it was in the games against Detroit and Indianapolis, but he was victimized by several dropped passes. The most important thing, too, is that Fiedler didn't throw an interception. Against the Jets, that's simply huge. And that made Fiedler's performance a very efficient one. Grade: B+

RUNNING BACKS — What more can you say about Ricky Williams? He finished with 151 yards, put the game away with a 53-yard run in the fourth quarter and wound up averaging 6 yards a carry. Wow. Outside of him, Travis Minor did some good work after the game was wrapped up, Robert Edwards didn't do much and Rob Konrad wasn't used in the passing game. Edwards and Williams both dropped passes, but in the end it didn't matter.Grade: A

RECEIVERS — The Dolphins dropped way too many passes on Sunday, and wide receivers Dedric Ward and Oronde Gadsden also were culprits. But tight end Randy McMichael again was spectacular and Gadsden made one of the best catches you will ever see. Grade: B-

OFFENSIVE LINE — This clearly wasn't this unit's best performance, but it's difficult to be overly critical when the Dolphins wind up rushing for over 200 yards. Still, there was a lot of pressure on Fiedler, particularly in the first half and the holes for the running game didn't open up consistently until the second half. Todd Wade was called for a couple of false starts. Overall, though, it got the job done. Grade: B-

DEFENSIVE LINE — The Dolphins totally shut down Curtis Martin and every unit on defense contributed. Jason Taylor was simply dominant against the Jets, capping his day with the sack/forced fumble/fumble recovery. Adewale Ogunleye came up with a big sack to stop the Jets' first drive of the game and David Bowens, making his season debut, dropped Curtis Martin for a loss on another third-down play. Grade: A-

LINEBACKERS — Derrick Rodgers was criticized by Coach Dave Wannstedt after the Detroit game, but he has been a stud the last two weeks. He made a lot of plays against the Jets, none bigger than his first-half interception. Zach Thomas did his usual great job. Morlon Greenwood was very quiet, but he also didn't play as much because the Dolphins were in nickel and dime defenses quite a bit. Grade: A-

SECONDARY — The Dolphins got flagged a couple of times for pass interference and defensive holding, but they didn't give up any big plays and helped keep the Jets out of the end zone. That's even more impressive when you consider that Patrick Surtain didn't play. Jamar Fletcher wasn't a stud by any means, but he did a more than adequate job. The two guys who really stood out in the secondary were safeties Brock Marion and Shawn Wooden.

SPECIAL TEAMS — Not a great day here. The Dolphins tried everything to keep Chad Morton from hurting them on kickoff returns, but they also gave up field position at times. Olindo Mare missed a chip-shot field goal late in the first half, although it didn't prove costly. The Dolphins didn't get any big plays on returns from Albert Johnson, but he also didn't look as shaky as he did the first two weeks. Grade: C


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