Excellent write up, Rich!
The Dolphins showed significant resilience in coming back and winning this game. Could it be that the "locker room chemistry" aspect, having the "right personalities" in the locker room really do make a difference?
This team is very much like the 2016 playoff team that didn't get behind by a large margin and fought to win games any way they could late in games. After losing 3 defensive linemen, I thought Gruden would find a way to wear us out, and maybe that is why they had difficulty in stopping a physical Marchawn Lynch in the 2nd half. It wasn't for a lack of trying. Smart offensive minded coaches just can't let go of the pass when they should be running the ball, and that's what happened to Gruden. The high-fives between Grant and Wilson on the way to the end zone really showed how good this chemistry is and the fun they are having with each other. I'm excited about the possibilities.
It's definitely a nice start to the season, but it's about to get real when the Dolphins visit the Patriots next week.
You're not going to beat a Belichick coached Patriots team if your offense is one-dimensional. I imagine he will try to do the same thing to us that Gruden did in focusing on stopping the run with the hopes that Brady can get a good lead going. It was a good game plan by Gruden to stop the run as this team does its best when the running game is working. Belichick is going to want to get Tannehill into the same situation as Derek Carr found himself in having to carry the team. Tannehill is a game manager, so, that is when mental mistakes happen.
Let's not forget that Derek Carr is Joe Philben's boy, and fought for the GM to draft Carr to replace Tannehill. Gase > Philben once again.