Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Miami Dolphins Stock Watch
By James Walker
The Miami Dolphins are 2-0 after Sunday's victory against the Indianapolis Colts.
Here is a look at whose stock is up and whose stock is down in Miami after Week 2:
1. Mike Wallace, receiver: Wallace had a huge turnaround from Week 1 to Week 2. Wallace wasn’t happy after getting just one reception for 15 yards in his Dolphins debut against the Cleveland Browns. He responded Sunday with nine catches for 115 yards and a touchdown against Indianapolis. Wallace is a playmaker who is dangerous with the ball in his hands. The Dolphins’ offense is potent when he’s involved for four quarters.
2. Dolphins coaching staff: It’s not sexy to talk about coaches after a win. But Miami head coach Joe Philbin and his staff did a masterful job against the Colts. The Dolphins fixed most of their Week 1 issues. They found different and creative ways to get Wallace the football, the running game was improved, and the defense stayed focused on stopping Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck in the second half when he’s most dangerous. Players make plays. But Miami’s coaches deserve credit for putting its talent in a position to succeed.
3. Charles Clay, tight end: Clay had a career game at the right time. He caught five passes for 109 and had a rushing touchdown against Indianapolis. Clay showed his versatility and increasing rapport with Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Clay’s biggest catch went for 67 yards and set up a touchdown. Clay did a good job of replacing former starter Dustin Keller, who is out of the season with a knee injury.
1. Dolphins’ pass protection: Miami’s pass protection was shaky for the second week in a row. Tannehill was sacked five times against Indianapolis. Miami has now allowed nine sacks in two games. Tannehill is showing his toughness, but this trend can’t continue if Miami wants to have a healthy quarterback this season. Tannehill is being sacked an average of 4.5 times per game.
2. Miami’s pass defense: Outside of cornerback Brent Grimes, Miami’s pass defense struggled against Luck and the Colts’ passing game. Luck threw for 321 yards, one touchdown and one interception to Grimes. Miami was without starting cornerback Dimitri Patterson, and Luck picked on Miami backups Nolan Carroll and Jimmy Wilson for completions.
3. Dion Jordan, defensive end: Although it’s a bit nitpicky, Jordan’s playing time dipped in Week 2. Miami’s No. 3 overall pick recorded one tackle and missed a key opportunity to sack Luck in the second half. It was a big missed played that could have come back to haunt Miami. The good news is Jordan now is 3-0 against Luck, dating back to their battles in college.