Scouting the Dolphins

October, 12, 2011
10/12/11
6:00
AM ET
The early word on the Dolphins, whom the Jets face Monday night at Met Life Stadium:

• They're 0-4, can't score and can't defend the pass. Sounds like they could be a match for the Jets.

• Despite their struggles, the Dolphins have a knack for beating the Jets. They've won four of the last five meetings, with three of those on the Jets' turf. The Dolphins are coming off a bye, which means they've had a chance to rest, get healthier and take a long look in the mirror. Always beware of struggling teams after the bye; they could make wholesale changes. Coach Tony Sparano, hanging by a thread, could be dangerous if he takes a what-the-bleep attitude.

• QB Matt Moore makes his first start, replacing the injured Chad Henne. Moore has a 7-6 career mark, all with the Panthers. He completed 17 of 26 for 167 yards, no TDs and one interception in the Dolphins' last game, a loss to the Chargers.

• Former rent-a-Jet Jason Taylor returns to the place he called home for ... oh, about five minutes. The New York/New Jersey crowd started to warm to him last season, but you can bet things will go back to normal -- which means they'll be hating on him again. Taylor has one sack as a situational pass rusher. He made headlines recently, when he told a Miami TV station that Henne has more talent than Mark Sanchez.

• So here we go again: The Jets are facing another woeful pass defense (31st, 307 yards per game), which means more debate on offensive philosophy. Do they air it out or stick with Ground & Pound? Know this: The Dolphins have only two interceptions, none by any of their starting DBs. What happened to the best CB tandem in the league, Vontae Davis and Sean Smith? (That's what they called themselves before the season.) Actually, Davis has been hurt, but there's a chance he could return for this game.

• The Dolphins, under new coordinator Brian Daboll (a former Jets assistant under Eric Mangini), have scored six offensive TDs in four game. No player has more than one. Their best threat, WR Brandon Marshall, has been pedestrian.

• The Fish have a bit of a running-back controversy. Reggie Bush has been the starter even though he has been a major disappointment (119 yards, 3.0 ypc), outplayed by rookie Daniel Thomas (202, 4.9). Don't be surprised if Thomas has a bigger role.

• So you think the Jets have an issue at RT? Check out the Dolphins. Marc Columbo is on pace to allow 12 sacks.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

Insider