Miami showed a willingness to wait for a win

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Miami showed a willingness to wait for a win

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The Miami Dolphins' first game in 2017 was delayed a week due to a hurricane , so it was no big deal when they needed more than seven hours to play this year's opener.Months of preparation for the season didn't include a plan on how to deal with a pair of weather delays lasting about two hours each."The coaching staff and players and staff 鈥?everybody does a good job of trying to figure out the solution," coach Adam Gase said Monday.They've had plenty of practice dealing with unusual challenges.Last year the Dolphins lost quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a season-ending knee injury early in training camp. Hurricane Irma caused the postponement of the first game, forcing Miami to play 16 weeks in a row. Linebacker Lawrence Timmons went AWOL on the eve of the opener, and offensive line coach Chris Foerster resigned at midseason after a video appeared to show him snorting white powder.In short, Gase has become accustomed to unexpected challenges."I won't be surprised by anything," he said. "I think we've almost covered everything."The biggest issue with Sunday's delays , Gase said, was not knowing how long they would last."It's dead time, and then you get a 10-minute warning and you have to juice it back up," he said.That the Dolphins did, scoring 20 points in the final 22 minutes after the second delay. That included a 102-yard kickoff return by Jakeem Grant and a 75-yard touchdown pass from Tannehill to Kenny Stills, as well as a 54-yard interception return by Reshad Jones that helped seal the win."Wild game," Tannehill tweeted Monday. "Part of me felt like we'd still be playing today. Glad to be a part of some history and get the year started with a win."The Dolphins had stellar contributions from Jones (two interceptions) Cheap Jonnu Smith Jersey , Stills (two touchdown catches) and Frank Gore (61 yards in nine carries). But 2017 bugaboos 鈥?tackling, pre-snap penalties and third-down conversions 鈥?remained a problem, and five red-zone possessions produced only one touchdown.Gase was especially unhappy about a third-quarter brawl after defensive tackle Jordan Phillips stood over injured Titans tackle Taylor Lewan and appeared to taunt him following Jones' first interception."The fight drives me nuts," Gase said. "I'd rather our guys celebrate with the guy who just intercepted the ball, instead of doing what happened there. We'll address it, we'll handle it and we'll make changes if we have to."Tannehill threw for 230 yards with two scores and two interceptions. It was his first game since a knee injury sidelined him 21 months ago."I reflected a little bit on the grind that it was to get back here," Tannehill said. "I tried to stay in the present as much as I could."Brock Osweiler was unneeded as Tannehill's backup. On game day Gase chose Osweiler for the No. 2 job over David Fales Cheap Dennis Kelly Jersey , who was inactive, but the pecking order could change."We'll see how it goes going forward," Gase said. "I like both those guys. That one is not an easy decision each week." If fans would have been told the Titans 2018 offense would be without Delanie Walker and Rishard Matthews, what would the reaction have been?Some may have balked. Some might have rolled their eyes and scoffed. Some may have curled up in the fetal position and looked onward towards the 2019 season.But not this Titans team. HC Mike Vrabel, OC Matt LaFleur and DC Dean Pees have gained the trust of the fan base after earning back to back division wins against the Texans and Jaguars. Изображение
The coaching staff adjusted to the personnel available and secured an early lead in the race for the AFC South Crown.How can this team continue to improve if players - injury or otherwise - continue to have an impact on what the roster looks like week to week? What they’ve already done - adapt and react.Building TrustMarcus Mariota entered the game following the Malik Jackson K.O. of Blaine Gabbert and performed better than many expected. Maybe the better answer is he performed better than we were led on to believe he would.Mariota’s leaned on his legs and savvy to pick up yards and keep the Jaguars defense off balance. He also made a few plays with his arm. Taking the reins of a new offense with second year weapons at his disposal, Mariota made it work. He didn’t set the world on fire - but he did make plays when he needed to and was efficient in establishing clock-chewing drives that helped win a football game on the road against a tough division opponent.Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY SportsThe Titans host Philly Sunday, and Mariota no longer has Matthews on the roster. However Ben Jones Jersey , Matthews was essentially a non-factor outside of filling in as a returner up until this point of the season.Mariota has already praised and given respect to his receiving group. He has also expressed confidence in the young pass catchers to get the job done. The trust building will really be set into motion Sunday.Davis the Leader of the PackCorey Davis has shown flashes of what he can do in this offense. His counterpart, Taywan Taylor has also shown what he is capable of doing if he can get on the field in some capacity. Davis and Taylor have combined for 20 receptions and 213 yards with the only touchdown belonging to the latter. That figure is something one would expect one receiver to have three games into the season - not two.However, it’s important to understand the context. The quarterback situation has been streaky over the first three weeks. Factor in the difference in personnel across the offensive line and you have some offensive hiccups that are difficult to work through. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY SportsThe receivers will head into the game against the Eagles hungrier than ever before because they now know with Matthews gone, their time is now.Both Davis and Taylor should benefit from the offensive line stabilizing with the likely return of Jack Conklin. It should provide Mariota with a little more time in the pocket to feed the receivers the targets they need to advance their game.Catching the ball is critical. Taylor could already be at two touchdowns for the season as he dropped a dime from Mariota. Davis could’ve had a touchdown in the opener had Mariota seen him in time. But that’s the past, this team is zeroed in on the future.With laser focus in knocking off the defending Super Bowl Champions, the future is now.The future is Davis and Taylor.
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