Special Dolphins Birthday Post!

By chriswalsh

[picappgallerysingle id=”9549757″]So, I’ve been reminded constantly today that I am inching closer and closer to old….I believe I’ll stay this age for a while.

Now, on to the Dolphins.

10-7 win! Miami is one step closer to an undefeated season.

After a close shave of a win over Tampa Bay the ‘Fins are 8-0 in the in their last eight preseason games.

Remind anyone of that other record the Dolphins hold? Me neither.

But here’s what fans learned if they watched, or more likely read about, last Saturday’s game:

Brandon Marshall can get open – and hates the rain. Hopefully somebody gets Marshall a sprinkler and a ball machine because he’ll have to get used to playing in the absolutely poor conditions that absorbed Sun Life Stadium on Saturday.

Quick note: That was the first time I’ve had to write Miami’s new stadium name in this blog. Kinda weird. Let’s see; Joe Robbie, Pro Player, Dolphins Stadium, Land Shark…wonder what 2011 will bring.

Anyways, Marshall (nearly) made some great plays on Saturday against a very poor Bucs secondary. The bright spot was that Henne trusted and looked for him multiple times, which means they are getting on the same page.

Secondly, Ronnie Brown’s carries looked good. Yes, the offense didn’t do much of anything in the first half, but small flashes bring huge hopes in the preseason.

Onto the downside. Did anyone see the highlights replayed time and time again on ESPN?

Notice a theme? Josh Freeman connecting with multiple receivers and looking like the best up-and-coming quarterback out there.

Really? I get that Miami isn’t deep at the position, but really?

New defensive coordinator Mike Nolan better get the unit doing some up-downs this week because if the Dolphins are going to make Freeman look good, well I’m going to have to become a hockey fan.

This week the ‘Fins take on the Jaguars in a game I really wish I could be at. Always a fun game. Kudos to the NFL for scheduling in-state rivalries during the preseason.

Speaking of the preseason, check out my new column  at http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/2010/08/13/dear-commisioner-please-keep-the-preseason/

9-0 here we come.

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