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Dolphins fail to get defensive and lose 32-21 to the Lions

Just when the Miami Dolphins were set to rally and go on a resurgence tour in the middle of their season, the Detroit Lions came to town prepared to spoil their plans of winning two in a row.

The Lions came to play and came to play they did to the tune of 248 yards rushing, one punt, two fumbles, but none lost.

Matthew Stafford threw for 2 touchdowns and only 217 yards.  The Dolphins couldn’t stop Golden Tate and the Lions run game.

Surely the Lions offense showed the potency of the old New England teams with Matt Patricia (former New England DC) at the helm in Detroit, their game plan was simple, run up the gut and wear down the Dolphins main weakness defensively-their linebackers.  Attack Jerome Baker and Raekwon McMillan and wear down Kiko Alonso.

Defensively, shut down the Dolphins futile attempts to build offensive continuity by pressuring Brock Osweiler, shutting down the run game and pressing the Dolphins receivers jamming them up at the line.

As the game continued to unfold, it was the Dolphins defenders who slipped off of would-be tackles and the likes of Kerryon Johnson and LaGarrette Blount blew through arm-tackle after arm-tackle.

It was the first time this season, other than the game at New England that the Dolphins defense looked a step slower and old.

The seemingly balanced run attack crushed the will of the Dolphins defense and it will be interesting if and how they bounce back.

While the Dolphins have succumbed to several injuries on the offensive line, the defensive line in recent weeks has started to break down.

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It’s just the preseason: Dolphins fall to Buccaneers 26-24

It’s just the preseason and worrying about anything that happened tonight in Miami Gardens is just that-it’s nothing.

Fans of the Dolphins are a passionate bunch and live and die with every snap of the football and sometimes they have a snap judgement or two. With 50,000 tickets sold, where did the fans go? It looked like only 20,000 showed up.

Surely, the Dolphins almost persevered 24-23, but the Dolphins reserves-numbers 75-90 on the roster had other plans and allowed a late game deciding drive resulting in a go-ahead late field goal.

Big highlights from tonight:

Ryan Tannehill can move in and out of the pocket rolling right and throwing with the same zip we saw at the end of his 2016 season. Tannehill finished 4 of 6 and led the Dolphins on a drive stalled by penalties and dropped passes. As Travis Wingfield of Locked on Dolphins, pointed out on Twitter-we can see Tannehill “climb the pocket” and get out of harms way.

However, what we saw of Tannehill was promising and it seemed like he was in sync with Kenny Stills, Danny Amendola, and Kenyan Drake.

Things look promising and as the preseason gathers steam into the season, this game was a positive stepping stone to the future of the Dolphins offense, but Tannehill has to find a way to build on tonight and lead his offense-he needs to bang the table and demand the best from them.

Next, rookie safety Minkah Fitzpatrick is the real deal and his range is incredible as a safety. Tonight, he showed what he can do by making tackles and breaking up passes. If DC Matt Burke can get Reshad Jones and Minkah Fitzpatrick on the field at the same time, that would be huge for this defense and make teams run the ball instead of trying to throw deep. The Dolphins have linebackers that want to go to the ball and that could serve them well.

In terms of the backup QB job, Bryce Petty put himself in the conversation with some good touch and a touchdown drive where he found Isaiah Ford-Ford looked good, but he’s so far down the depth chart. Perhaps Gase and Co. put something together for him with the 1s in the next game. David Fales continued the steady climb to earning Gase’s trust with being the backup to Tannehill. Brock Osweiler on the other hand, he failed on so many levels going 10 of 21 and had several passes batted down at the line. Almost laughable.

However, defensively when Jordan Phillips and Davon Godchaux are battling for the DT starting job, you need to see a little more surrounding them. It seems like DE Jonathan Woodard showed something getting after the QB.

If I’m the coaches, I like the look of the corners overall. We saw Torry McTyer tonight and he’s been hyped to be the next starter opposite Xavien Howard, but we can’t be completely sure if he’s a 1 or a 2 until he gets to play against starters in the next few games.

Coaches overall need to lock down and lock in to getting tight end Mike Gesicki the ball. He’s the most athletic tight end in the NFL. Never mind Gronk and Kelcey, Gesicki is next to steal the limelight at the tight end position.

My hope is he gets more time with the 1s and not worry so much about his blocking issues. Have him run his routes and expand his capability a bit. He can handle getting more targets and the Dolphins need help in the red zone.

Coaches need to look at opening up a bit on defense and dial up the aggressiveness. Linebacker Jerome Baker flashed tonight and in my mind, he’s going to grab a job before week 5. Baker said things were slowing down for him which is a good thing. My main concern isn’t the vanilla look of the 4-3 defense-it’s mainly getting enough pressure on the QB. It can’t just be Wake every couple of plays-we need to see more from Harris and Quinn. Someone has to step up!

Here are 5 things we want to see next week:

1. More Tannehill and really get him going with 1s and 2s. He needs to play with the guys he’ll throw to on game day. With Tannehill back, coaches have to use every ounce of his ability to move the football and get touchdowns to open a drive. The offense has to work to get first downs and score touchdowns.

2. Improved defensive coverage. Matt Burke needs to dial up the attack and be the aggressor. The talent is there-it’s a matter of allocating it to the right guys. Find the right mix and this can be a dominant defense.

3. Give Jason Sanders more reps at kicker. Both he and Greg Joseph struggled on deep field goal tries, but it would be good to let Sanders kick on kickoffs. I’m not opposed to Dolphins letting this drag out and see if a kicker gets cut from another team and sign said kicker to push these guys.

4. Wide receiver Isaiah Ford. Get him in with the 1s. Get him the ball. See if he can get open and become the threat he was drafted to be.

5. Better o-line play. Tonight was ok with the 1s, but tough for the 2s. Dowell Loggains needs to help out with protections. O-Line needs to do their jobs. I didn’t like the pre-snap penalties across the board, but the holding penalties due to poor technique are awful and can’t happen in season.

All in all losing 26-24 and the Dolphins playing well in spots is nothing to worry about week one of the preseason.

Clean things up and the Dolphins have a good offense and a good defense-enough to compete with the big boys.

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Can Kenny Stills continue be a role model for justice and as a football player?

When Kenny Stills knelt during the anthem two seasons ago in Seattle, Dolphins fans were given pause.

The angry chants on social media of not supporting the flag were heard loud and clear as was the Tannehill dime on a post route that was mysteriously dropped.

Stills, at the time was new to the Dolphins and the dropped pass early in the game gave the fans a chance to bash him saying he should not have knelt during the anthem before the game and lost his focus.

However, Kenny Stills is more than a football player.

After winning the Nat Moore Award for service in 2017, Stills followed that up with a deep look at communities in the South and Eastern United States.

To some outside of the Dolphins head quarters, Stills has been a mentor, a listener, one who walks with the poor and the marginalized, one who marches for justice, and a beacon of hope.

The call to march with the poor and marginalized was never so apparent than this offseason when Kenny Stills went on his own type of road trip, a pilgrimage of sorts through the East and through the South where he traversed the bridge in Selma, met with Colin Kaepernick, and worked hand in hand to understand the role of police officers in Miami Gardens.

Kenny Stills is in the news again, but as an ambassador to all Dolphins fans who’s goodwill extends from his persona on Twitter to his heartfelt and passion for his community and all communities across the nation.

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