By Henry McKenna
FOX Sports AFC East Writer
In a wild start to the 2022 NFL season, the Miami Dolphins might have put together the most stunning 16 minutes of football so far.
Starting in the final minute of the third quarter on Sunday, Miami went on a 28-3 run to beat the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 42-38. Tua Tagovailoa looked like the accurate and aggressive signal-caller the Dolphins’ offense needed.
Even with that superlative display, there’s reason to believe the Dolphins will get even better. They’ll have to adapt and improve. Or else.
It’s like New York Jets coach Robert Saleh told me during training camp this year: “To survive, you’ve got to evolve.”
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Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel and Tua both know it. It’s terrific that they’re already getting excellent production out of stars Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, who each scored two touchdowns and had more than 100 yards receiving. It’s also terrific that McDaniel is already seemingly thinking about how he can get more players involved.
“Part of good offense is utilizing all five eligibles on the field,” McDaniel said Monday. “Defenses are too good in the National Football League that if you’re a one- or two-trick pony, eventually they can dictate the terms and render you a lot less effective. So each and every game, you’re trying to distribute the ball to your playmakers, and we have a lot of them.”
No one is better at exposing one-trick ponies than Bill Belichick, whose Patriots are likely to compete with Miami for the second spot in the AFC East and, in turn, a wild-card spot in the playoffs. But Belichick is hardly the only defensive mastermind in the division. The Buffalo Bills, Miami’s opponent on Sunday, feature one of the most…
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Publish date : 2022-09-22 18:19:49
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