Sunday, September 26, 2010
Halftime thoughts from Jets at Dolphins
By Tim Graham
MIAMI -- Some first-half thoughts Sunday night from Sun Life Stadium, where the New York Jets lead the Miami Dolphins 14-10 at the intermission:
- The Dolphins made major changes to their defense because they couldn't cover players up the seams. They got rid of inside linebacker Akin Ayodele and safety Gibril Wilson because they repeatedly gave up big gains down the middle. Yet they've forgotten to cover Jets tight end Dustin Keller. He's having a huge game with six receptions for 98 yards and two touchdowns.
- The Dolphins' defense gave up two touchdowns in their first two games. The Jets scored two on their first three possessions.
- The Dolphins are picking on Jets rookie cornerback Kyle Wilson. On their first play, the Dolphins went deep. Brian Hartline had him beat, but Chad Henne overthrew him. Henne seemed a little extra jacked up in the first quarter. His passes sailed, but he settled down in the second quarter and seemed to find a rhythm.
- Miami receiver Davone Bess has made some big grabs. He has four catches for a team-high 60 yards.
- Meet the new Dolphins running back, Brandon Marshall. With about six minutes left in the second quarter, Marshall had two rushing attempts (3 yards) and one reception (10 yards). He finished the half with four catches for 43 yards.
- Miami's backfield hasn't done much. They have only 39 rushing yards. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams have combined for nine carries and 32 yards.
- Jets owner Woody Johnson, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and head coach Rex Ryan voted unanimously to bench receiver Braylon Edwards for the first quarter as punishment for his drunk driving arrest. They did fine without him, taking their opening possession 72 yards on 10 plays for a touchdown. Edwards didn't have the ball thrown to him.
- Jason Taylor elicited boos from the Sun Life Stadium crowd when he sacked Henne and did his bull's-eye celebration in the first quarter.