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View from South Florida

12/23/2011

Links from South Florida on the Dolphins' perspective entering Saturday's game against the Patriots:

1. Different team since opening loss. Safety Yeremiah Bell calls the Dolphins a different team since their blowout loss to the Patriots in the season opener, writes Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald. “We’re a totally different defense since that Monday night game,” Bell says. “We’re the same people, but our confidence is a lot higher than it was then. Our understanding of what we want to do as a defense and as a secondary has totally changed.”

2. Nolan's worst day. Dolphins defensive coordinator Mike Nolan reflects on the 2011 season opener against the Patriots and how it was his worst day as a coach, writes Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.

3. Moore produces in career year. Quarterback Matt Moore has had an up-and-down career, but Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post writes on how this has been one of the high notes.

4. New coach has to do more than ace Xs and Os. Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post shares some "Talking Points", leading off with how the Dolphins' new head coach must generate excitement and sell tickets.

5. Still talking about Marino. Replacing quarterback Dan Marino is still a topic with the Dolphins, writes Greg Cote of the Miami Herald.

6. Barkley's decision affects Dolphins. With USC quarterback Matt Barkley deciding to return to school, Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel looks at what it means for the quarterback-needy Dolphins.

7. Tight end duo on the mind. If the Dolphins are to pull off the upset against the Patriots, a big part of the plan will be limiting terrific tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, writes Shandel Richardson of the Sun-Sentinel.

8. Bush and Marshall set to make Dolphins history. Shandel Richardson of the Sun-Sentinel highlights some of the statistical marks that running back Reggie Bush and receiver Brandon Marshall are approaching.

9. Formula to beat the Patriots. Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel shares what he believes is the formula to beat the Patriots.