Dolphins Whispers

The Jets weren't the only team fighting on the sidelines.

The Dolphins had a little spat on the sidelines during their Week One victory over Denver.

Linebackers Junior Seau and Zach Thomas were seen arguing on the sidelines. Seau is reportedly struggling with his new assignment as the Dolphins strongside linebacker. This reportedly contributed to the argument.

"I was telling him I love him," Seau joked. Look for the Jets to attempt to exploit Seau, who doesn't seem comfortable on the strong side . . .

The Dolphins used wide receiver Wesley Welker as Wayne Chrebet in practice. He is built just like the Jets wideout, and is quick rather than fast, just like Chrebet.

"We did that in special situations, like when it is third down and maybe certain routes that he does because of certain similarities, in terms of style," said Dolphin coach Nick Saban. "Certainly in special situations like third down-and-five or something like that." . . .

Look for the Dolphins to send a lot of different blitzes and stunts at quarterback Chad Pennington this week after seeing how much he struggled against the Chiefs handling pressure.

"One of the things you always do on defense is try to affect the quarterback," said Saban. "Sometimes you do it with pressure. Sometimes you stunt and move the defense. You can affect him physically by how you attack, but also mentally." . . .

Saban expects the Jets to play a lot of eight men in the box on defense.

"It's been their philosophy to do that, so I would think they will continue to do it when the down and distance favors them, like they usually do," said Saban . . .

There is no question that the Jets and Dolphins have one of the NFL's most intense rivalries. Dolphins cornerback Sam Madison thinks one event intensified the match-up.

"I think it was the pass that Dan (Marino) threw when it was supposed to be a clock play and he threw the ball in the end zone to win the game," said Madison. "I think that made a lot of people upset and it's been like that ever since." . . .

The Dolphins truly aren't taking the Jets lightly. They think the Jets blowout loss in Kansas City was aberration.

"We are not going to go up there thinking that the game they played against Kansas City was the Jets," said Seau. "We know what they can do. They will be ready to play." . . .

Expect the Dolphins to target cornerback David Barrett and stay away from Ty Law.

"Obviously, Ty (Law) is a great player," said Dolphins quarterback Gus Frerotte. "He makes big plays every year. I think you have to pick your spots in opportunities to throw the ball at him and in his direction. Obviously, the other guy hasn't gotten any accolades and is probably a lot younger than Ty." . . .

And expect the Jets to do the same to cornerback Reggie Howard. Remember the Dolphins traded cornerback Patrick Surtain to Kansas City in the off-season because they didn't want to pay him big money. They did this with the intention of starting second-year cornerback Will Poole, but he blew his knee out in minicamp, so the Dolphins are forced to start Reggie Howard, who they intended on playing at nickel back. Expect the Jets to go after him early and often. Another player the Jets will target is safety TeBucky Jones. The New Orleans Saints released him this past off-season because of how much he struggled in coverage last season . . .

One big factor in the Dolphins upset win over the Broncos last week was the weather. It was extremely hot and humid and the Broncos ran out of gas in the second half. The Dolphins obviously won't have that factor in their favor this week.


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