Tuesday, May 28, 2024

3 takeaways reality check for Dolphins in win

It was another comfortable win for the Dolphins on Sunday against division rivals New England. But what did we learn about the Dolphins?

This week we’re changing things up and taking a little of the positive spin off of this Dolphins season and seeing what really happened on the field. So if you’re a snowflake, or a little sensitive, you may want to go and read something else.

TUA TAGOVAILOA SEEMS COMPLACENT AT TIMES

This is easily Tua’s best season for the Dolphins. He looks calm, composed, and happy. But sometimes he just seems too confident, or complacent. At times he’s just expecting passes to be completed, expecting receivers to be open, or for handoffs, or snaps, to work regardless.

On Sunday he had one pass intercepted that was just plain bad. He had another to Hill that was off target and could have been intercepted. In the first three games he had only 2 turnover worthy plays (per pff.com). On Sunday alone he had two, and he has 7 in the last five games. And let’s not forget the Dolphins have really only played two good teams.

I’m clearly not saying Tua is bad. He just needs to clean things up before we get to the playoffs when those things can really bite you.

JALEN RAMSEY IS THE DOLPHINS D KEY

In only his first game Ramsey made probably the Dolphins best defensive play of the season. Coming off of his man to make an interception on an otherwise wide open receiver. It was a classic example of why DC Vic Fangio said in the summer that Ramsey may be the best corner he’s ever worked with.

Ramsey will make the defence a whole lot better just by being on the field. Ramsey gave up only one completion on 3 targets yesterday. Compare that with Eli Apples 4/5, and Kohou’s 6/7 and you can see the massive upgrade he represents over those two lesser lights.

THE OFFENSIVE LINE IS SCARY

You can never legislate for injuries, but signing injury prone players means there’s a reasonable chance there will be injuries. And the Dolphins suffered more injuries along the front in yesterdays game.

The depth of this unit is not good. The Depth when you get to third stringers is terrifying. It may not affect the quick passing game as much, but we have already seen the massive drop-off the running attack has experienced.

The Dolphins need to bolster this unit, or get, and stay healthy in a hurry. Playoff football will not be kind to Miami if there’s no balance to this offence.

New England PatriotsMiami Dolphins
1st Downs1324
Passing 1st downs717
Rushing 1st downs65
1st downs from penalties02
3rd down efficiency1-95-14
4th down efficiency1-23-3
Total Plays5173
Total Yards218390
Total Drives1111
Yards per Play4.35.3
Passing141312
Comp-Att19-2930-45
Yards per pass4.46.6
Interceptions thrown11
Sacks-Yards Lost3-202-12
Rushing7778
Rushing Attempts1926
Yards per rush4.13.0
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-22-4
Penalties7-453-25
Turnovers12
Fumbles lost01
Interceptions thrown11
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession24:0535:55

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