Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Scouting Report: Early look at Dolphins
By Rich Cimini
A few quick thoughts on the Jets' upcoming opponent:
1. The Dolphins (3-3), coming off their bye week, have won two in a row. They could easily be 5-1, but they lost by a field goal to the Jets and the Cards. At the same time, they haven't knocked off any elite teams -- they've beaten the Raiders, Bengals and Rams.
2. They've never been swept by the Rex Ryan-coached Jets.
3. RB Reggie Bush will be a big story throughout the week. Upset by Ryan's "hot sauce" line before the previous meeting -- as in, we need to pour hot sauce on him -- Bush came out after the game and ripped the Jets, suggesting they deserved losing Darrelle Revis to a season-ending knee injury. "What goes around comes around," said Bush, who suffered a minor knee injury in the game. He might have been bothered about that because LB Calvin Pace intimated they hurt him on purpose. Not true, Pace said. Ryan also said his "hot sauce" line was misinterpreted.
4. Oh, by the way, Bush still is a very good running back. He has rushed for 434 yards and a 4.4 average. He was tearing up the Jets when he got hurt.
5. Rookie QB Ryan Tannehill is making nice strides. Over the past three games, he has completed 67 percent of his passes, with three TDs, two INTs and a 280-yard average. He throws a terrific deep ball. In fact, he was the most accurate deep-ball thrower in the league before Monday night, having completed 11 of 19 (58 percent) on throws longer than 20 yards, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
6. Tannehill's main man is WR Brian Hartline, who has caught seven of 10 on those 20+ passes. CB Antonio Cromartie did a nice job against him in the last meeting. The Dolphins could have a new No. 3 receiver, Jabar Gaffney, who was signed Oct. 2.
7. This isn't a good omen for the Jets: The Dolphins spent the bye week breaking down tape on the Texans, trying to figure out why they're so successful blocking passes. Here's a two-word hint: J.J. Watt, who has a field day against the Jets. Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said it's a new "point of emphasis." Maybe the Jets should put an eye spy on the Dolphins' pass rushers.
8. The Dolphins' front seven is a bear. They're allowing only 78 rushing yards per game, fourth best in the NFL.
9. Their only injury question involves CB Richard Marshall (back), who has missed the past two games. Fill-in Nolan Carroll could get the starting nod. Marhshall was victimized a lot in the previous meeting by WR Santonio Holmes, who won the game for the Jets. He's out now. So, too, is Revis, who injured his knee late in the game.