Posts Tagged ‘Miami Dolphins’

In the Red Zone: Examining the Patriots Passing Attack vs. Dolphins in Week 15

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Julian Edelman and the productive Patriots passing game met its match in the red zone. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

While 34 completions, 364 yards and two touchdowns convey otherwise, the New England Patriots passing game was condensed in Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Without tight end Rob Gronkowski attracting defenders off the line, without rookie wideouts Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins stretching the edges of the field, and without left tackle Nate Solder enduring blocks off the blind side, New England’s offense was forced to change shape.

The unit did so with backup tight end Michael Hoomanawanui supplanting Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and fourth-round pick Josh Boyce occupying the top three wide receiver spots, and left guard Logan Mankins transitioning to left tackle.

The modifications exchanged size and downfield presence for short, timing routes built to exploit Miami’s off-man and press-ball coverage while preserving quarterback Tom Brady.

The offense remained relatively efficient through the process. Brady was sacked once, hurried 12 times and hit seven times, according to Pro Football Focus, but the Patriots managed to sustain drives of 16, 10, 15 and 12 plays long.

As those four drives merged into the red zone, however, New England’s undermanned and undersized attack revealed its side effects.

Only one drive inside the 20 resulted in a touchdown. (more…)


Assisted Pick: Devin McCourty’s Tip to Marquice Cole Highlights Patriots Comeback Win vs. Dolphins

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Devin McCourty and Marquice Cole combined for a play to remember against Miami in Week 8. (Photo: NFL Game Rewind)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

“A tale of two halves.”

It may be an overused phrase seen across sports ledes, but it was the story of what transpired at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. The New England Patriots went into halftime down 17-3 to the Miami Dolphins in the Week 8 AFC East battle. Yet through the first 30 minutes, the on-field performance signified a larger disparity than the box score.

The Patriots were stagnant on both sides of the football; the offense had totaled just 25 pass yards while the defense had allowed 103 rush yards. And in the process, right tackle Sebastian Vollmer was lost to a gruesome leg injury, conjuring up the same season-ending reality that claimed defensive tackle Vince Wilfork and linebacker Jerod Mayo.

Just when things hit rock bottom for head coach Bill Belichick and Co. – a booed three-and-out on New England’s opening third-quarter series – fortune switched sides. A sack by New England linebacker Dont’a Hightower snowballed into a missed field goal by Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis, and the Patriots responded with a 14-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tom Brady wide receiver Aaron Dobson. Then, after Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill was strip-sacked by cornerback Logan Ryan, a two-yard score from running back Brandon Bolden tied the game.

Before the third quarter was over, the Patriots had propelled to a 20-17 advantage by way of a 48-yard field goal by kicker Stephen Gostkowski. The lead would not be relinquished, as New England went on to win, 27-17.

But if there was one play that defined the contrast between the first and second half of the Oct. 27 contest, it took place five snaps into the fourth: the assisted interception. (more…)


Hard Knocks: Miami Dolphins Episode Four Recap

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Vontae Davis during happier times with the Dolphins. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

A storm was a brewin this week on Hard Knocks, but it wasn’t just any kind of storm.

Well, I guess there was one normal kind of storm. Or maybe two of them if you count the one that Jeff Ireland referenced when Vontae Davis was traded… But I digress.

The original storm I was referencing was a storm filled with trades, roster cuts, tears and overall ineptitude. All of that and more after the jump in my episode four recap.
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Hard Knocks: Miami Dolphins Episode Three Recap

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Joe Philbin spots a pair of untied shoes in the distance, his blood boils. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

As each week of Hard Knocks progresses, the more and more I’m driven crazy by Joe Philbin.

He’s just one of those passive aggressive, micro-managing, nitpicky, detail obsessed guys that reminds me more of a grocery store assistant manager than a head football coach.

More on Joe Philbin and the rest of episode three of Hard Knocks inside.

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Hard Knocks: Miami Dolphins Episode Two Recap

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
Pat Devlin Buccaneers

So this is what Pat Devlin’s face looks like. Poor Pat Devlin. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

Another week of Hard Knocks, another week that HBO pretends that Pat Devlin doesn’t exist.

It’s sad really. There’s been one instance in the first two episodes that they showed Devlin’s face, and I half expected it to be blurred out. Like they forgot to give him the waiver to sign for his permission to appear on camera.

Inside, I’ll have my full recap of episode two of the newest season of Hard Knocks. There’s a lot to get to in this episode, so lets dive right in.

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Hard Knocks: Miami Dolphins Episode One Recap

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
Chad Johnson Ochocinco Practice

Chad Johnson is right where he wants to be. In South Beach with cameras on him 24/7. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

NFL Films music! Liev Schreiber narration! QB controversy! Chad 85 trying to be funny! Les Brown blocking montage!

What does that all add up to? A new season of Hard Knocks!

Inside I’ll have my full recap of the first episode of Hard Knocks: Miami Dolphins, where I’ll dissect, mock and enjoy every minute of the action that I just saw.

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Dolphins Blueprints for Beating the Patriots: Enemy Week

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
Nate Solder Blocks Cameron Wake

Blocking Cameron Wake is going to be key for the Patriots.

Guest Editor: Eric Galko (MiamiDolphinsDraft.com)

The Patriots played the Dolphins in Week One last season, and boy did it get ugly to watch for the Dolphins. It was a banner day for Tom Brady and the Patriots offense, and a tough to watch start to the Miami Dolphins.

But by around mid-season, the Dolphins team seemed to turn it up a notch with Matt Moore at the helm. The team played with more consistency, balance, and aggression. If the Dolphins can match that defensive ability with an improved offense, the Patriots could be in store for another hard fought game as it was back in Week 16.

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