Dolphins’ pass rush makes a huge difference against Jaguars

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Last year, Gardner Minshew was viewed by some as a poor man’s Baker Mayfield. This year, Baker Mayfield has been viewed by some as a poor man’s Gardner Minshew.

Last night, none of it mattered.

The Dolphins’ pass rush kept Minshew from ever getting truly settled, forcing him to move and to hurry throws and to otherwise test the limits of his own abilities — a test he failed more often than not.

“It’s something we have been working on,” Dolphins coach Brian Flores said after the game regarding his team’s pass rush. “Every team wants to get pressure on the quarterback. We were able to do that tonight. There were instances where we could have done better, but definitely improved from previous weeks. They have a good O-line. They have a good quarterback. They have good skill guys, so it was a tough test for us. Our guys came ready to play tonight. They played fast. They played physical, there was a lot of energy on the field and I am sure you guys could see that. They were fired up. It was a short week but put a lot of time in as a team and they did a lot of extra work this week. It was important for them and they saw the fruits of their labor.”

The Dolphins sacked Minshew four times and hurried him 10 other times in a 31-13 win.

Linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill, who had a key fourth-down sack of Minshew, explained that the team specifically has tried to improve when it comes to getting to the quarterback.

“I think that’s a huge emphasis for us these last two weeks, especially after the losses, so getting that under our belt is awesome,” Hill said. “We had a good short week of practice, but I mean it paid off and it’s exciting to see that.”

The end result underscores the importance of a potent pass rush, especially when facing a quarterback who (unlike a handful of the truly special players) can’t evade the front seven long enough to make a big play with his arm or his feet. Minshew, like most quarterbacks, falls into the category of guys who have a hard time making chicken salad when the blocking goes to chicken pot pie.

13 responses to “Dolphins’ pass rush makes a huge difference against Jaguars

  1. I hated that for Gardner. He’s been playing so well last year and this year. His first chance to show his stuff to a national audience and he got throttled.

  2. Minshew wasn’t noticing his reads in time. The pass rush may have been there, but he missed a wide open touchdown. He missed opportunities to go to Keelan Cole and instead tried to dump it off to the running back. DJ Chark is clearly the real weapon in the Jags offense.

  3. lmao

    you’re 1-2 and lost to buffalo in your home opener

    jax has been gutted and we’re supposed to be impressed? haha

  4. The Dolphins had a tough schedule to start the season (Patriots then Bills, who they played closely) and are much better than people give them credit for.

  5. It was definitely the defense Miami wants run every week. The catch though…it was against Jacksonville. Can they bring that same level of energy against the upper tier competition? Probably not, as they’re already 0-2 in their division. They should be able to beat up on teams like the Jets, Giants, etc.

  6. gonzolo4 says:
    September 25, 2020 at 11:04 am
    It was definitely the defense Miami wants run every week. The catch though…it was against Jacksonville. Can they bring that same level of energy against the upper tier competition? Probably not, as they’re already 0-2 in their division. They should be able to beat up on teams like the Jets, Giants, etc.

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    Teams that are 0-2 to start a season don’t make the playoffs
    and then you look at the cap dropping next year and the contracts they are carrying.

    lol

  7. Pass rush? Would you like to trade your pass rush to the Seahawks for a truckloads of draft picks? #offergoodwhileitlasts

  8. touchback6 says:
    and then you look at the cap dropping next year and the contracts they are carrying.

    lol
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    Dolphins actually have the 9th most cap space in the NFL for 2021, but don’t let that get in the way of your false narrative.

  9. Wait, I thought the Dolphins stink? I knew they weren’t a bad team but I guess it’s easier for the haters to say Miami stinks instead of admitting the Bills are pretty good to justify their agenda.

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