While all of Sundays game are almost complete, the Dolphins are getting prepared to suit up for battle against the rival New England Patriots, whom they will face tomorrow night on ESPN.
While much can be said about how Miami can beat the Pats on the field with their talent, the bottom-line is that the Patriots have the better all around team. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady simply elevates his offense to a whole other level that outmatched the Dolphins level of offense.
So to beat the Patriots, it will all come down to gameplanning for Miami tomorrow night. It comes down to what weaknesses the Dolphins will attack, which players to single out. And it just so happens that offensive coordinator Brian Daboll defeated New England last year during his tenure in Cleveland. Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is no one to write off either. So what might be there gameplans for tomorrow night? Let’s take a look.
On offense the Dolphins will undoubtedly look to air it out against the Pats young secondary. After releasing one of their best players in safety Brandon Meriweather, they are lacking a playmaking center fielder to backup their cornerbacks. This is where our deep and multiple-talented receiving corps could win the game for us. Brandon Marshall and Davone Bess are experts at their craft, and specialize in finding the open spaces on the field, and making the tough, physical catches. There is no doubt in my mind that Daboll will want to beat up the Pats secondary physically, and Marshall, Bess, and Roberto Wallace all are physical possession receivers that do just that.
Last year Daboll was able to beat the Patriots with a physical running game featuring star Browns running back Peyton Hillis. The Dolphins possess no such back with the traits of Hillis. But Fins running back Reggie Bush can line up all over the field, and creating mismatches with Bush should be a big part of Daboll’s offensive scheme.
On the defensive side of the ball, Nolan will be looking to do one thing; blitz Brady from start to finish. With right tackle Sebastian Vollmer out for tomorrow night, rookie Nate Solder will get the start, and with the offensive line already a weakness for New England, you can bet Nolan will be throwing all sorts of creative blitzes Solders way.
Nolan should be fairly confident in his pass defense, especially with leaving his corners on an island by themselves, so Nolan sending strong safety Yeremiah Bell after he QB would not be out ofthe ordinary tomorrow night.
With the Dolphins sending out a talented squad tomorrow night, they will have to crank up the creativity as well, because the Patriots are just as talented, if not more so than Miami. Daboll and Nolan are highly regarded by the media and their peers, and their presence alone should make the game interesting.