2020 Dolphins: Aloha

When Does Miami Start Tua?

  • Before the Week 11 Bye

    Votes: 6 25.0%
  • After the Week 11 Bye

    Votes: 9 37.5%
  • Not until the 2021 Season

    Votes: 9 37.5%

  • Total voters
    24
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sodenj5

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Apparently that was one of the greatest defensive game plans ever, unless the Chargers really came into the game thinking, “we need to get Kalen Ballage the ball as much as possible”...in which case that would be the worst offensive game plan ever.

The Chargers may not be a great team, but they have guys that scare you on offense. It was pretty shocking how little production Allen and Williams had, and how Miami was able to avoid the big play. Another feather in the defense’s cap.
I think you live with Kalen Ballage being the star of LA’s offense. Miami clearly came into the game looking to shut down Herbert and the passing attack.

During this winning streak, Miami has been absolutely crushing teams in the first quarter, jumping out to big leads quickly, and then playing a bit conservatively on offense to close out the win. Dolphins were a Ted Karras snap away from going up 21-0 on LA and turning the game into a blowout in the first half.

Again, Miami needs to consistently win these games the next few weeks because LV won and Cleveland won. Bills losing on the miracle ball and the Texans losing was basically a best case scenario for Miami this week.
 

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View: https://twitter.com/miamidolphins/status/1328434015284637697?s=21


Also Miami has signed Sieler to an extension through the 2023 season. That’s a move I absolutely love. Sieler has been a productive and disruptive since he came over from Baltimore’s practice squad.

Great find by Miami’s staff and good for Sieler for playing hard and earning his time and extension.
I know black is slimming, but I would not have pegged that guy as a DT. He looks more like a TE or OLB.
 

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I know black is slimming, but I would not have pegged that guy as a DT. He looks more like a TE or OLB.
Honestly looks a little bigger in his uniform than that pic. Definitely more of a 3-4 end build than a true DT or NT.
 

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Just a quick reminder that the next 3 weeks, Miami plays the 3 worst teams in the NFL in terms of DVOA and Buffalo is on their bye this week.

Playoffs are within their own control. Whether it’s 7 or 8 teams, Miami appearing more and more likely that they are a full season ahead of schedule on the rebuild.
 

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Just a quick reminder that the next 3 weeks, Miami plays the 3 worst teams in the NFL in terms of DVOA and Buffalo is on their bye this week.

Playoffs are within their own control. Whether it’s 7 or 8 teams, Miami appearing more and more likely that they are a full season ahead of schedule on the rebuild.
And, they’ll still have a nice high draft pick as long as Houston keep sucking.
 

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as u know u play Denver Sunday as long as u run the ball and contal the clock u shouild win Sunday lock seems like just a jag and u shouild get sacks as Denver o-line is weak pass blocking
denver also gets off to very slow starts

i would say without injuries denver beats tenn and maybe Atl but they shouild had lost to lac

Denver is bad right now but outside of QB and OT the first 22 is good but what kills Denver is lack of death from 25-45 also no miller sutton casey s harris TE albert O J James opting out no m purnell a great run stopper at DT and boyce has missed 3 games as well
 

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as u know u play Denver Sunday as long as u run the ball and contal the clock u shouild win Sunday lock seems like just a jag and u shouild get sacks as Denver o-line is weak pass blocking
denver also gets off to very slow starts

i would say without injuries denver beats tenn and maybe Atl but they shouild had lost to lac

Denver is bad right now but outside of QB and OT the first 22 is good but what kills Denver is lack of death from 25-45 also no miller sutton casey s harris TE albert O J James opting out no m purnell a great run stopper at DT and boyce has missed 3 games as well
Thanks for the breakdown, J-Man. I think Miami will be favored, but it’s always tough going into Mile High and trying to win.

How has our friend Ja’Wuan James been this year?
 

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he opted out because of covid-19 but last season he was only in 1 game has been a bust so far just like Darryl garderner in 2003
 

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he opted out because of covid-19 but last season he was only in 1 game has been a bust so far just like Darryl garderner in 2003
Miami saying, “Thanks, but no thanks” to James‘ FA price tag a couple of years ago was questioned by some, but has turned out to be the right move. He’s clearly talented, but was inconsistent; and, of course, he had some difficulty staying healthy.

Just a quick reminder that the next 3 weeks, Miami plays the 3 worst teams in the NFL in terms of DVOA and Buffalo is on their bye this week.

Playoffs are within their own control. Whether it’s 7 or 8 teams, Miami appearing more and more likely that they are a full season ahead of schedule on the rebuild.
Of the 3 games mentioned, today’s contest concerns me the most. Denver’s historically a tough place to play, the Broncos can run the football, and Lock is a young QB who has shown the ability to “get hot”. Additionally, I expect Fangio to dial up a solid defensive strategy. (Stop the run, make Tua less comfortable.)

With the media completely ball-washing the Fins this week, if there were to be a letdown game, this would be it. of As with every NFL season, you learn more about a team with each passing week. A win today would signal a true one-week-at-a-time approach.
 

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Miami saying, “Thanks, but no thanks” to James‘ FA price tag a couple of years ago was questioned by some, but has turned out to be the right move. He’s clearly talented, but was inconsistent; and, of course, he had some difficulty staying healthy.



Of the 3 games mentioned, today’s contest concerns me the most. Denver’s historically a tough place to play, the Broncos can run the football, and Lock is a young QB who has shown the ability to “get hot”. Additionally, I expect Fangio to dial up a solid defensive strategy. (Stop the run, make Tua less comfortable.)

With the media completely ball-washing the Fins this week, if there were to be a letdown game, this would be it. of As with every NFL season, you learn more about a team with each passing week. A win today would signal a true one-week-at-a-time approach.
Until I see otherwise, the Flores led Fins have not played down to their opponents. They’ve lost ugly many times, but I never felt they lost to a team they should have beaten on paper.

Drew Lock is exactly the type of QB to chuck it up on a prayer vs Miami’s pressures. I fully expect the defense to dominate and the offense to do enough to win.
 

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at this point I will SHCOKED if Miami wins this game. They re not getting to Lock and their offensive line is not giving Tua any time. If they don't get 3 turnovers they are going to lose
 

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Broncos defense has had a bead on Miami’s offense. Gailey seemed to start pulling out some empty formations and getting the ball out faster.

Dolphins run D has been suspect all day.
 

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Well, that was a disaster. Off the top, I’m 99% sure Tua was injured and that was a health related benching not a performance yanking. Though he was not good and the line was awful. That’s almost certainly a wrap on any hopes of the division and Miami takes a tumble in the WC standings.

Nearly a heroic comeback with an insane effort by AVG on the goal line. Defense was gashed by the run all game. Had no answer for Denver’s running game.

Offense looked atrocious. Definitely the worst game of the Tua era, and that’s including the Rams game where the offense was terrible but was propped up by the D and ST. Gailey seemed to take too long to adjust to what Fangio was dialing up and Miami’s line couldn’t pick up a stunt all game.

Outcoached and outplayed. Tough to win on the road, but this is a game Miami should have won. Denver is a bad team.
 

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Welp. Tua and the offense were DOA and Fitz immediately sparked some form of life in them. Flores definitely isn’t afraid to try and win a game, but long term, pulling Tua on a bad day, during a regular season game, against a non division opponent is a bit silly.

Yes, every game counts and Miami is fighting for the playoffs, but long term, the whole thing only goes as far as Tua goes.

Flores also said Tua remains the starter.

View: https://twitter.com/cameronwolfe/status/1330667875250692096?s=21
 

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Well, that was a disaster. Off the top, I’m 99% sure Tua was injured and that was a health related benching not a performance yanking. Though he was not good and the line was awful. That’s almost certainly a wrap on any hopes of the division and Miami takes a tumble in the WC standings.

Nearly a heroic comeback with an insane effort by AVG on the goal line. Defense was gashed by the run all game. Had no answer for Denver’s running game.

Offense looked atrocious. Definitely the worst game of the Tua era, and that’s including the Rams game where the offense was terrible but was propped up by the D and ST. Gailey seemed to take too long to adjust to what Fangio was dialing up and Miami’s line couldn’t pick up a stunt all game.

Outcoached and outplayed. Tough to win on the road, but this is a game Miami should have won. Denver is a bad team.
on the word 'bad' do u mean 7-9 bad or 5-11 bad denver is just wildny up/down denver is 3-0 against the AFC East weirdly i think denver can get to 8-8 but no worse than 6-10
 

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Miami beat the Jets in a game that was uglier than the final score would indicate.

Today’s game proved one thing to me. Tua is not the problem with the offense. Yes, Tua needs to get rid of the ball quicker and trust Parker and Gesicki to make contested catches, but with Fitz in, the line again struggled picking up blitzes. The running game again struggled, with both Brieda and Laird fumbling and giving the Jets excellent field position. Against a better team, those are crippling mistakes in a loss.

Two weeks in a row facing a blitz heavy defense, and two weeks in a row Miami’s line struggled. Playing tight man coverage and blitzing is Miami’s kryptonite because their receivers don’t separate well and the line struggles to pick up the blitz. I would expect they see a lot of that moving forward until they show they can counter it.

Defense continues to play well. Run defense got gashed at times by Frank Gore, but they made big stops off turnovers when it really mattered and came up with timely picks. Elandon Roberts’s hit on Gore on 4th down was grown man business. Howard continues playing like an All-Pro. Raekwon Davis is low-key playing like the best draft pick from the 2020 class.

Raiders getting blown out by Atlanta helps Miami. One more game before Miami has to run the gauntlet. I would like to see Tua start next week to get what should be successful reps against Cincy in before having to face KC the following week.
 

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Dolphins game vs the LV Raiders has been flexed to Saturday night 12/26.

Big prime time game for Miami in a game that could realistically decide the playoffs for both teams.