Dolphins @ Chargers Keys To Victory

The Miami Dolphins are 0-3 heading into Week 4, something I am totally shocked by. One of the chief reasons why is because of the total collapse of the defense which is ranked 30th in the league in total defense, bad coaching throughout the whole staff, and terrible red-zone offensive schemes.

So what can Miami do to secure their first win of the season before their BYE week? The San Diego Chargers boast one of the better offenses, and all around teams in the league, and present mismatches for the Fins. But it is not the matchbox that will get the Dolphins the win, but how they play, and what they bring to the field mentally that will get the job done for the team on Sunday.

3. Play Up To Your Potential/Hype: All off-season long, for the past three seasons the Dolphins have made a splash in free agency or the draft, and tried to bring in all-pro taker to bolster their roster. But the talent that they signed or drafted has not played up to par thus far on gameday to their potential. Brandon Marshall has been the most targeted receiver in the league this year, yet he only has one touchdown on the season? He was brought in to be a redzone threat, and he has been anything but that in his tenure in Miami. The same goes for Reggie Bush and Kevin Burnett. Bush was supposed to add a speedy and elusive dynamic to the offense that we have never seen before. Burnett was supposed to be the kryptonite for the tight ends that haunted us last year. Neither have shown in all three games that they can help this team in the ways that they were brought in to do. This week enough has to be enough and the playmakers need to step up and earn their paychecks. Make a difference in this game, and play up to your talents.

2. Manage The Game To Win: So far this season we have seem the Dolphins play aggressive and conservative football. The aggressive style featured them throwing for over 400 yards, while the conservative side only amassed less than half of that amount. Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll was brought in to coach this offense in a more aggressive manor, and help Chad Henne elevate his game. So far it’s the same old story for the Fins, conservative gameplan and inconsistent Henne. Daboll needs to come out of the gates firing on all cylinders, not afraid to take chances, and use his players to their strengths. This may sound crazy, but this is something we havnt done so far this season, and if they come out with a gameplan they feel can attack the Chargers weaknesses while playing off our strengths, this offense may show us a whole new element.

1. Execute In The Redzone: The chief reason for the Dolphins offensive woes this season is the redzone offense. The fade routes are not working, receivers are dropping balls, and we have abandoned the ground game once we get inside the 20. Once the team finds their identity, and practices a consistent gameplan of what they want to do in the redzone, whether pound the rock, or spread out the defense, then they can start scoring touchdowns on a more consistent basis. What we are seeing now is just a mess of an offense. We’re in shambles and Sunday the team needs to know what they plan to do inside the 20 yard line and which players they are going to look to to make plays, because right now not one player is the go to guy, and not one player is sticking out from the pack as the guy who can be looked upon. This needs to be fixed for the San Diego game.

Final Result: I’ve been 0-3 in my predictions this year, but hopefully my record increases to 0-4. I’m picking Miami to come away from the San Diego game with a loss. The Chargers have an all around team that is playing up to their potential. The same cannot be said for Miami, and unless they surprise me, I see my team losing, 24-13.


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