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So, next week we play the Dolphins and that is going to be a great test because we're going to see a team that has more than a few similarities to our own. Of course, our Ryan is much better than their Ryan, but Tannehill has had a fantastic off-season and looks like he'll continue his progression toward being a good QB. Things to look for:


1. Both teams have built up incredible depth on the defensive line. We go two deep at nearly every position and they do, as well. They're going to start Ndamakong Suh, Earl Mitchell, Cameron Wake, and Olivier Vernon. They have Derek Shelby and rapidly improving Terrence Fede on the ends and C.J. Mosley (Suh's running mate in Detroit) and rookie Jordan Phillips backing up the tackles. These guys shelled Carolina so much in their joint practice, Ron Rivera asked that they call them off so they could actually get some work done on their two-minute drills.



2. Both teams have offensive lines that are paper thin and replete with players coming back from injury. Brandon Albert won't play in the pre-season, so that hurts them significantly. However, reports are that the regular and merciless shellacking that Suh and the boys put on their line actually improved it. Their guards did well against the Carolina D in practice, but we'll see a lot more tomorrow night (7:00 PM). The only advantage their line holds over ours is the fact that they're in their second year running the scheme.


3. These teams will contain two of the deepest wide receiver units in football at some time this season. DeVante Parker won't play; he just came off the PUP. But they have Juice Landry, Kenny Stills, Randall Cobb, and Rishard Matthews who apparently found a tube of Mental Stickum and is using it to full effect. They also signed Jordan Cameron away from Cleveland and have their version of Toilolo in Dion Sims, who suddenly is a dual threat blocker/receiver at tight end. Tannehill now has a group with a wide catch radius and we'll see how he handles the pressure I expect our line to deliver.


4. There were questions at linebacker, but ours look like they've been answered. Miami will start Chris McCain and Jelani Jenkins on the outsides. If Koa Misi can practice, he'll play instead of McCain. They're starting Kelvin Sheppard in the middle and he's brand spanking new, so next week might be a good time for Tamme, Toilolo, and Moeaki to get a few passes thrown their way. This is definitely their weakest area outside of offensive line.


5. Both teams have an outstanding cornerback and questions as to who will start opposite him. We have Tru on our side and they have Brent Grimes who quietly had another Pro Bowl season last year. They drafted Jamar Taylor and Will Davis, mirroring what we did with Tru and Alford, but neither has caught on yet as a solid number two cornerback. If we give Matt time, we should see a good output in the passing game.


6. Like us, Miami failed to take advantage of winning opportunities last season. They finished 8-8 but blew chances to complete winnable games against Denver and Green Bay and also managed to lose (again) at home to the Jets and GenLOL Smith at the end of the season. They also got stuck with a "home game" in Wembley Stadium like we did. They're talking playoffs for the first time since Tony Sparano was their coach and their defense is going to lead the way.


I expect next week's game to be pretty good. I'm actually worried about how good their D-line is right now but we'll have a great gauge to measure our offensive line. Those of you who want to see us against a good team in the pre-season may see it next week, although we won't know if the Fish will swim until they play well in the regular season. The only pre-season game that I get hyped for is the third one, so I want to see how we do against another team that is trying to show that it also improved.

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Excellent write-up. I don't have tickets yet, but I plan to attend.

This DL is going to present the biggest challenge our OL has seen. I don't expect much, but I think that our OL will learn a lot from this game. It will take time for this unit to perform to expectations. We probably will be frustrated with this group the first half of the season. But, I believe that they will finish the year strong.

Coleman and Freeman should see action, but I wonder how many carries each will actually get. It will be fun to see Roddy and Grimes battle a bit. I'm sure the talk will be constant.

I am just hoping that we can stay healthy.

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So, next week we play the Dolphins and that is going to be a great test because we're going to see a team that has more than a few similarities to our own. Of course, our Ryan is much better than their Ryan, but Tannehill has had a fantastic off-season and looks like he'll continue his progression toward being a good QB. Things to look for:

1. Both teams have built up incredible depth on the defensive line. We go two deep at nearly every position and they do, as well. They're going to start Ndamakong Suh, Earl Mitchell, Cameron Wake, and Olivier Vernon. They have Derek Shelby and rapidly improving Terrence Fede on the ends and C.J. Mosley (Suh's running mate in Detroit) and rookie Jordan Phillips backing up the tackles. These guys shelled Carolina so much in their joint practice, Ron Rivera asked that they call them off so they could actually get some work done on their two-minute drills.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article31836102.html

2. Both teams have offensive lines that are paper thin and replete with players coming back from injury. Brandon Albert won't play in the pre-season, so that hurts them significantly. However, reports are that the regular and merciless shellacking that Suh and the boys put on their line actually improved it. Their guards did well against the Carolina D in practice, but we'll see a lot more tomorrow night (7:00 PM). The only advantage their line holds over ours is the fact that they're in their second year running the scheme.

3. These teams will contain two of the deepest wide receiver units in football at some time this season. DeVante Parker won't play; he just came off the PUP. But they have Juice Landry, Kenny Stills, Randall Cobb, and Rishard Matthews who apparently found a tube of Mental Stickum and is using it to full effect. They also signed Jordan Cameron away from Cleveland and have their version of Toilolo in Dion Sims, who suddenly is a dual threat blocker/receiver at tight end. Tannehill now has a group with a wide catch radius and we'll see how he handles the pressure I expect our line to deliver.

4. There were questions at linebacker, but ours look like they've been answered. Miami will start Chris McCain and Jelani Jenkins on the outsides. If Koa Misi can practice, he'll play instead of McCain. They're starting Kelvin Sheppard in the middle and he's brand spanking new, so next week might be a good time for Tamme, Toilolo, and Moeaki to get a few passes thrown their way. This is definitely their weakest area outside of offensive line.

5. Both teams have an outstanding cornerback and questions as to who will start opposite him. We have Tru on our side and they have Brent Grimes who quietly had another Pro Bowl season last year. They drafted Jamar Taylor and Will Davis, mirroring what we did with Tru and Alford, but neither has caught on yet as a solid number two cornerback. If we give Matt time, we should see a good output in the passing game.

6. Like us, Miami failed to take advantage of winning opportunities last season. They finished 8-8 but blew chances to complete winnable games against Denver and Green Bay and also managed to lose (again) at home to the Jets and GenLOL Smith at the end of the season. They also got stuck with a "home game" in Wembley Stadium like we did. They're talking playoffs for the first time since Tony Sparano was their coach and their defense is going to lead the way.

I expect next week's game to be pretty good. I'm actually worried about how good their D-line is right now but we'll have a great gauge to measure our offensive line. Those of you who want to see us against a good team in the pre-season may see it next week, although we won't know if the Fish will swim until they play well in the regular season. The only pre-season game that I get hyped for is the third one, so I want to see how we do against another team that is trying to show that it also improved.

I'll be frank. I'm scared to death of this D and the Ravens D. Our Oline better strap on some plate mail because injuries tend to happen with monster Dlines playing entire halfs against lighter, shifter moving Olines. Only 2 games that scare me this season cause it could break us fairly quick.

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So, next week we play the Dolphins and that is going to be a great test because we're going to see a team that has more than a few similarities to our own. Of course, our Ryan is much better than their Ryan, but Tannehill has had a fantastic off-season and looks like he'll continue his progression toward being a good QB. Things to look for:

1. Both teams have built up incredible depth on the defensive line. We go two deep at nearly every position and they do, as well. They're going to start Ndamakong Suh, Earl Mitchell, Cameron Wake, and Olivier Vernon. They have Derek Shelby and rapidly improving Terrence Fede on the ends and C.J. Mosley (Suh's running mate in Detroit) and rookie Jordan Phillips backing up the tackles. These guys shelled Carolina so much in their joint practice, Ron Rivera asked that they call them off so they could actually get some work done on their two-minute drills.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article31836102.html

2. Both teams have offensive lines that are paper thin and replete with players coming back from injury. Brandon Albert won't play in the pre-season, so that hurts them significantly. However, reports are that the regular and merciless shellacking that Suh and the boys put on their line actually improved it. Their guards did well against the Carolina D in practice, but we'll see a lot more tomorrow night (7:00 PM). The only advantage their line holds over ours is the fact that they're in their second year running the scheme.

3. These teams will contain two of the deepest wide receiver units in football at some time this season. DeVante Parker won't play; he just came off the PUP. But they have Juice Landry, Kenny Stills, Randall Cobb, and Rishard Matthews who apparently found a tube of Mental Stickum and is using it to full effect. They also signed Jordan Cameron away from Cleveland and have their version of Toilolo in Dion Sims, who suddenly is a dual threat blocker/receiver at tight end. Tannehill now has a group with a wide catch radius and we'll see how he handles the pressure I expect our line to deliver.

4. There were questions at linebacker, but ours look like they've been answered. Miami will start Chris McCain and Jelani Jenkins on the outsides. If Koa Misi can practice, he'll play instead of McCain. They're starting Kelvin Sheppard in the middle and he's brand spanking new, so next week might be a good time for Tamme, Toilolo, and Moeaki to get a few passes thrown their way. This is definitely their weakest area outside of offensive line.

5. Both teams have an outstanding cornerback and questions as to who will start opposite him. We have Tru on our side and they have Brent Grimes who quietly had another Pro Bowl season last year. They drafted Jamar Taylor and Will Davis, mirroring what we did with Tru and Alford, but neither has caught on yet as a solid number two cornerback. If we give Matt time, we should see a good output in the passing game.

6. Like us, Miami failed to take advantage of winning opportunities last season. They finished 8-8 but blew chances to complete winnable games against Denver and Green Bay and also managed to lose (again) at home to the Jets and GenLOL Smith at the end of the season. They also got stuck with a "home game" in Wembley Stadium like we did. They're talking playoffs for the first time since Tony Sparano was their coach and their defense is going to lead the way.

I expect next week's game to be pretty good. I'm actually worried about how good their D-line is right now but we'll have a great gauge to measure our offensive line. Those of you who want to see us against a good team in the pre-season may see it next week, although we won't know if the Fish will swim until they play well in the regular season. The only pre-season game that I get hyped for is the third one, so I want to see how we do against another team that is trying to show that it also improved.

Nice job with this. +1

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I don't think we should necessarily worry if the O-line has a difficult time. Like etherdome said, it will take time before the unit performs the way Shanahan wants it to. But if they actually hold off the Fins' defense, then we know that the potential is there to actually be a good unit instead of one that doesn't destroy our chances of doing well.

I think this game will also show whether Allen has a good view of the field as FS. I'm also hoping that Collins gets some reps against Miami to see if he's learned anything in the two games that he's played. I'm not expecting him to contribute this year, but it'd be nice if his growth was quicker than most. It's too bad Parker won't be playing, but the receivers they have are pretty good in their own right.

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Great article. This is going to be a tough game and both sides know it. Definitely going to be the game of the exhibition season for sure. And of course, beneath the competitiveness of the game, a lot of decisions are going to be made on bubble players. A whole lotta drama going on. Expecting one whale of a battle that first half.

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