ONE LAST LOOK

Cleaning out the notebook, with final observations from the Dolphins' 30-3 victory over the New York Jets.

-- Wide receiver James McKnight was in uniform against the Jets after being on the inactive list against the Colts, but the former starter didn't catch a pass. McKnight still has no catches on the season. McKnight did carry the ball twice, however.

Said Coach Dave Wannstedt: "He's a talented guy. We're trying to get everybody involved. He might be the best receiver we have running with the football. If we can't throw it to him, we might as well hand him the ball."

The Dolphins also used McKnight as a flyer (outside guy) on punt coverage against the Jets.

-- Wannstedt said tight end Randy McMichael should expect to get more attention from opposing defenses as he continues to rack up big numbers.

"The Jets were talking about all week long what they were going to do and that they were going to be able to handle him," Wannstedt said. "A lot of times he wasn't the first option."

-- The Jets weren't able to stop the Dolphins offense (almost 400 yards), but it wasn't for lack of trying. Wannstedt said the Jets used more different defensive looks against the Dolphins than they did in their first two games combined.

-- The Dolphins came into the game focused on stopping the running game and often played with eight men in the box, something they rarely — if ever — did last season. The result was Martin being held to 43 yards on 17 carries.

"We had five guys hitting the line of scrimmage," Wannstedt said "Generally, we haven't had our safeties and linebackers this aggressive in the running game."

-- The reason the Dolphins sent everybody to the right side before kickoffs was to try to create some confusion among the Jets and try to limit the damage of Jets kickoff returner Chad Morton, who had returned two kicks for touchdowns in the opener against Buffalo.

The move also was made to help the Dolphins overcome the fact they were playing without a couple of their special teams standouts, namely Twan Russell and Scott McGarrahan.

"We really got the idea from what Indy did to us the week before," Wannstedt said. "I thought this would be a way to put some indecision in them. It worked out fine."


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