The Dolphin Report

By Ron Poltorack

Post archive for ‘2008’

SMILING IN NOVEMBER

Imagine that, Dolfans smiling in November. How long has it been? Two years ago it was a 6-10 meltdown. Last year it was a season-long meltdown, with their only win coming in December. Now, the Fins are 2-0 this November and above .500 (5-4) for the first time since 2005. So Dolfans are indeed smiling [...]

WINNING BY A CHAD

Fitting isn’t it, on the eve of Election Day, the Florida-based Dolphins won by a Chad. Fortunately, this Chad is named Pennington. In a state made famous by hanging chads, the Fins’ Chad hung the Broncos out to dry with a 15-play 80 yard touchdown drive to put the game away with 3:07 showing on [...]

JOEY MAKES THE BILLS PAY

In a game where Chad Pennington and Ted Ginn provided the offense (connecting 7 times for 175 yards), it was Joey Porter who had his hand-print all over this sweet 25-16 victory against the division leading Buffalo Bills, making the Bills pay big time. In the second half, the Fins pulled out the game thanks [...]

RAVENS PUT WILDCAT ON STRIKE

The wildcat formation was seemingly on strike this week, along with much of the Dolphins’ team. The Fins went to the wildcat formation 5 times. One went for a 5-yard penalty and the other 4 gained a total of 5 yards. The weaknesses exposed by the all-defense, little-offense Ravens’ team were there for all to [...]

BACK TO REALITY

The Dolphins’ road game in Houston this week proved to be a trip back to reality. A poor performance by special teams (which allowed a 70-yard punt return for a TD to get the Texans back in the game) and the pass defense (which surrendered 379 yards passing including 81 yards on a winning touchdown [...]

DEFENSE THROTTLES CHARGERS

The resurgent Dolphins are now 2-2 as an efficient offense led by Ronnie Brown and Chad Pennington scored enough points to win thanks to a superlative defensive effort that throttled San Diego’s high-flying offense. The Fins won 17-10, with the defense holding on for the win in the second half when the Fins’ offense couldn’t [...]

RONNIE’S BACK WITH A VENGEANCE

Ronnie Brown, who sustained a devastating knee injury against the Patriots last season (at a time when he was leading the NFL in rushing yards, total yards and average per carry) is back with a vengeance. On Sunday, he absolutely destroyed the New England Patriots. By the time the game was over, Ronnie had carried [...]

FINS LOSE AT CARDS WHILE LOOKING LIKE JOKERS

In week two of this NFL season the Miami Dolphins lost to the Cards and, in the process, looked like jokers. The game was even more one-sided than the 31-10 final score would indicate. Arizona took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter with the help of 2 passes of at least 75 yards on [...]

LOSING TO THE ANIMALS

Thanks to a duck and a couple of zebras the Csarcells’ era began with a home loss to the arch rival Jets on Sunday. The zebras, those creatures in striped shirts, made 2 pass interference calls that proved fatal to the Fins’ valiant effort for a season-opening win. The duck, a pass that Brett Favre [...]

IT’S ONLY PRESEASON, BUT THANK YOU CZARCELLS

It’s only preseason, but Czarcells’ imprint on this team seems clearer and clearer and he certainly appears to have the Fins on the right track. That was no Cameron-coached team out there that defeated the Chiefs 24-0 in the Fins’ third preseason game of 2008, their second victory in a row. It is indeed a [...]

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