Dolphins defense limping into regular season finale

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It’s a good thing the Dolphins have wrapped up their playoff berth and are playing for seeding only, because they’re going to be shorthanded on defense against one of the league’s top offenses.

Via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins will be without five starters on defense and 75 percent of their planned secondary when they face the Patriots again.

Cornerback Byron Maxwell is expected to miss his second straight game with an ankle injury, making him the latest to miss time. Both their starting safeties are on IR now (Reshad Jones and Isa Abdul-Quddus, along with linebacker Koa Misi), and linebacker Jelani Jenkins isn’t expected back this week with his knee injury.

“Is it a concern? Absolutely,” defensive coordinator Vance Joseph said. “Is it big, big worry? It can’t be. That’s what we got.”

The Patriots are playing for the top seed and home field advantage in the AFC playoff, so they’ll be focused, and ready to go at what’s left of the Dolphins secondary.

21 responses to “Dolphins defense limping into regular season finale

  1. I imagine Belichick wants revenge for the Patriots losing their last 3 games in Miami.You can bet the Patriots are hearing about it all week at practice.

  2. Just mentioning, the Dolphins are playing for the 5th seed as well as the chance to take home field advantage from a strong Pats team. Add to this the Pats have struggled in Miami the last 3 years. The first of those win of those 3 games came from a Michael Thomas endzone interception off of Tom Brady in the last seconds of the game. It’s not outside the realm of possibility the Phins take this and knock their division rival into the 2 seed.

  3. .
    The Patriots usually excel at creating confusion in the secondary. They easily shift from a 2 TE heavy package to an empty backfield, hoping to create a favorable mismatch or take advantage of a mistake. They can put a lot of pressure on an inexperienced group.
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  4. The fins have been shorthanded all season. The younger players are getting a chance to shine. This will be good in the future because depth is very important when trying to build a good team.

  5. Hahaha and this is the best competition the Patriots have had in the AFCE since Mark Sanchez was still considered a franchise QB.

    But Pats fans will tell you how tough the AFCE is hahahahahahahahahahaha please

  6. But they’re still gonna make a surprise start of Tannehill to out-wit Belichick’s plans, ain’t that right Phin fans?

  7. The Dolphins defense were without S Reshad Jones, LB Koa Misi and CB Xavien Howard for almost all of the stretch between Week 6 and Week 16, while also missing LB Jelani Jenkins, LB Kiko Alonso, DT Earl Mitchell, CB Byron Maxwell, DE Mario Williams (he’s all the way down here because he sucks now) in spots and now S Isa Abdul-Quddus for the season.

    This doesn’t include the losses of QB Ryan Tannehill, C Mike Pouncey, TE Jordan Cameron and occasional inactives for LT Branden Albert, LG Laremy Tunsil and WR Devante Parker in those 10 weeks.

    You know what Miami did in that stretch? Go 9-1.

    This isn’t Philbin’s team. Philbin’s team had more talent, but his staff couldn’t call a game if it gave him its number.

    If you wanna beat Miami, whose on the field is relevant, but the engines that get this train running and where it needs to be are Adam Gase, Vance Joseph and Darren Rizzi.

  8. Oh.. the Dolphins are playing without half their Starters again? What else is new? I normally make fun of the “next man up” stuff because that usually means you lost a single player in an established system. Even the Pats fans have to respect the Dolphins HEART. They have new Coaches, new systems on O and D and still managed to find a way to Win 10 games with at least 6 Starters in every game. I hope Sunday is not a blowout, but then again they need to be health”ier” for Pitt. Proud to be a Fins fan.

  9. 1. Let’s talk about division strength
    Bill

    200-71 with the Pats

    In division 74-27 wp.732

    Out of division 126-44 wp .741

    I have not gone back and adjusted to the prior alignment but do not believe there is a significant impact

    Can we put to rest the myth of the AFCE being the reason for the continued excellence and just acknowledge they have sustained it against any competition?

  10. Oh look, the Patriots play another team at the right time. Played the Steelers without Big Ben, play Seattle at home AND STILL LOST, play the phins who are injury riddled. Must be nice calling yourselves a great defense when you play some of the most horrible offenses this season.

  11. As long as Sue and Wake are making Tom blow snot bubbles they will have a shot. Jam the small receivers to make him hold the ball longer and pressure pressure pressure if not Brady will do his thing.
    No holding on run plays and don’t be tricky. Pats are a smart well coached team, this game will tell where the dolphins really are.

    Bill will load up to stop the run and will have a run heavy game plan early. Hope to see a good game.

  12. aj66shanghai says:
    Dec 30, 2016 8:31 AM
    Hahaha and this is the best competition the Patriots have had in the AFCE since Mark Sanchez was still considered a franchise QB.

    But Pats fans will tell you how tough the AFCE is hahahahahahahahahahaha please
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    That’s hysterical coming from a shehawks fan. The NFCW is the worst division in football over the last 10 seaons. The 2 divisions played each other this season and the AFCE went 10-6. For the 4th year in a row NE has lost as many times in 6 division games as it has in 10 against the rest of the league. No doubt the other teams in the AFCE would appreciate it if the rest of the league could help them out with the heavy lifting.

    12’s, lmao

  13. superpatriotsfan says:
    Dec 30, 2016 10:55 AM

    Oh look, the Patriots play another team at the right time. Played the Steelers without Big Ben, play Seattle at home AND STILL LOST, play the phins who are injury riddled. Must be nice calling yourselves a great defense when you play some of the most horrible offenses this season.
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    You’ll be okay, just pull out your VCR and watch the tape of your team’s glory day, SB III, it’ll make you feel better. Meanwhile, I’ll watch the butt fumble game on my DVR.

  14. With another Draft (LB’s) and all these starters returning next year plus Tannihill in the same system with Gase Miami will be the team to beat for years to come

  15. Truth is, the Fins will be out maned for this game and should lose, as I expect. That said, they have shocked me a few times this year. It may end up being a chess match with Gase and VJ in charge rather than checkers.

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