The Good, The Bad, And the Ugly: Miami vs Tennessee

Dolphin’s fans rejoice! A new era of  “Dan” has begun, and just as Dan Marino gained and won the hearts of Miami fans after his first start in 1983, Interim Head Coach, Dan Campbell has given fans something to feel confident about. The newly energized Miami Dolphins had their way with Tennessee Titans in every way, shape, and form in a lopsided 38-10 win. Could this be the Miami Dolphins we were supposed to see in 2015, or was this game just a showing of an adrenaline overload under their fiery new coach?

The Good

Lamar Miller

Nice of you to finally show up, Lamar Miller. We have all been waiting for your arrival. Miller dominated on the ground in Week 6, rushing 19 times for 113 yards and a touchdown. While these numbers aren’t spectacular by any means, this was a big game for Miami’s RB. Miller not only rushed for a season high, he was also just 20 yards under his total rushing yards in weeks 1-4. Miller who once upon a time rushed for 1,000 yards, finally provided the spark the Dolphins offense (which relays heavily on Play-action) needed to get the ball moving down field.  If Lamar Miller can continue to provide solid rushing like this, he could see his carries go up drastically in the following weeks to come.

Reshad Jones

Jones stated this week that he would love to be selected as a Pro-Bowl player this year. If Jones can continue to provide his defense with his impressive playmaking abilities and excellent tackling as he has done so far this season, there is no reason that he won’t be making an appearance at the Pro-Bowl which is being hosted in Hawaii this year. Reshad’s day was capped off by an impressive pick-6, in which the strong safety read Mariota, jumped the route and ran the ball 30 yards for a touchdown with a wall of blockers leading him down the field. The score put the Dolphins up 24-3. Jones is a spectacular safety and is making his name known throughout the league with his consistent play. Jones will be a pro- bowler this year; mark my words.

Cameron Wake

The beast has finally been aWaken…. get it? I have been extremely vocal this about how disappointing Cameron Wake’s play has been since the arrival of Ndamukong Suh this season. Did Cameron Wake read my article last week and take what I had to say to heart? Miami’s sixth year man out of Penn State delivered a season high performance recording 4 sacks, 4 tackles (two for loss) and disrupted the Titans line and Marcus Mariota throughout the entire game. Wake had only recorded a single tackle in weeks 1-4 so a single sack would have been considered a successful day for Wake. Playing next to Suh should continue to help Cameron Wake and the Defensive line stack up stats and finish games like this one in dominating fashion.

The Bad

Olivier Vernon Penalties

Penalties are starting to become routine for Vernon and it’s a routine that needs to be nipped in the bud immediately. Vernon’s stupid decisions on the field have noticeably started to rack up negative yards. His penalties contributed to Miami’s loss in Week 2 against Jacksonville. Olivier could have been ejected from the game this week for the low hit he put on Mariota late. The hit cost the Dolphins 15 yards on a long third down play. Intensity is one thing, but when foul play and late hits result in unsportsman like conduct calls and are costing the Dolphins key opportunities, it is time to get this problem in check.

Dallas Thomas

Why is Dallas Thomas allowed to travel with the team, let alone play for them? Is Jamil Douglas really that bad, or is Campbell following in the footsteps of his predecessor and placing too much trust in the young Tackle? Thomas was a player on my watch list and he did exactly what I thought he would do. Nothing. Thomas is slow on his feet, and though he is a good run blocker, once Douglas gets blown by there is no saving the play. Jamil Douglas who played Left Guard in college could be moved to his natural position and the on going battle at Right Guard may be ignited again this week. Don’t be surprised if this was the last game Dallas Thomas starts in.

Kelvin Sheppard

While Sheppard’s 21-recorded tackles this season don’t seem awful, those numbers don’t tell the entire story. Sheppard missed two important tackles this week (which has been a problem of his), and his biggest problem thus far has been filing the gaps. Sheppard is a special teams player at best. With players like Vigil gaining ground Kelvin Sheppard should see his time dwindling on the field.

The Ugly

Miami actually played a pretty great game this week and fortunately for them no player has made “The Ugly” listing this week. Unfortunately, a former Miami Dolphin coach had a photo hit the internet Sunday, and well, it made the Ugly listing.

Joe Philbin watching the game

Taken Via Facebook
Taken Via Twitter

Sunday was a great day for pretty much everyone in Miami, but one ex Miami coach drowned his sorrows in Margaretville. Literally.  A photograph of the former Miami Dolphins coach, Joe Philbin, sitting at a table at the Margaretville Resort watching his former team dominate the Titans just one week after his exit, is circulating the Internet. The taker of the photo stated that Philbin watched the game alone drinking and smoking a cigarette. As you can see from the photo (above), Joe does not seem like a happy camper, and the look on his face could almost bring a tear to your eye.  Almost. At least he won’t have to go to work hungover tomorrow.

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