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Post 10 things to watch in tonight's Fins/Bucs game
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1. Pat White will get plenty of opportunities because Chad Pennington won’t play in the exhibition opener. Will this former West Virginia spread quarterback use this opportunity to prove he’s an NFL quarterback, leading the team to at least one scoring drive with his arm? He’s got a year’s worth of experience under his belt, and the coaches have prepared him plenty for this game so he has no excuses.

2. Will Mike Nolan’s defense bring the heat like they have during most of the team’s practice. I’m not certain the Dolphins will provide the NFL a sneak peek at their real defense, but you would think they would have to test out the blitz packages, which has been giving the Dolphins offensive line fits.

3. Can the offensive line’s – first and second team especially- keep the quarterbacks upright. The Dolphins can’t afford for Chad Henne and Tyler Thigpen to be constantly harassed. It’ll be interesting to see which offensive linemen take the lead and win those interior starting spots.

4. Does Henne know how to effectively use a tight end? Last year Anthony Fasano blended in, but some of his struggles had to do with Henne not making him a priority. When this offense was good in 2008 the tight ends were eating. How much of a difference does David Martin’s return make?

5. Will Brandon Marshall make one impressive catch that allows the Dolphins to show off their new alpha receiver. You know ESPN needs it!

6. Which player will produce an impressive kickoff or punt return, putting himself in the lead to earn that specialist role. This could be the opportunity Tristan Davis or Ryan Grice-Mullen need to move themselves from the realm of afterthoughts.

7. Can the Dolphins front seven hold Tampa Bay from rushing for more than 100 yards? I know this is an exhibition game but the Bucs trampled the Dolphins during last year’s exhibition game. Miami’s front line must set the tone for the season by being stout.

8. How much have the cornerbacks improved? Sean Smith and Vontae Davis are no longer babies. Both are returning starters and need to play like it against Tampa Bay’s fairly pedestrian receiving corp. And it’ll be interesting to see how quickly Nolan Carroll can pick up the nickel spot.

9. Will Chris Clemons remain invisible? Free safeties in this scheme serve as the last line of defense. That means Clemons shouldn’t be too noticeable, UNLESS he’s making mistakes that allow receivers to get open behind him, or misses a tackle.

10. Which second or third team player will catch our eye? Everyone loves an underdog. That explains why we fell in love with Patrick Cobbs in 2008, and Lex Hilliard in 2009 when they produced big during the exhibition season. It would be nice if guys like Marlon Moore, Roberto Wallace, Austin Spitler, Lionel Dotson, Ryan Baker, Jonathon Amaya, and Nate Ness – guys who have flashed from time to time during the first week – contributed something noteworthy during the game.

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First it ways 5 things, now it's 10. I don't like the direction we're going...

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4. Does Henne know how to effectively use a tight end? Last year Anthony Fasano blended in, but some of his struggles had to do with Henne not making him a priority. When this offense was good in 2008 the tight ends were eating. How much of a difference does David Martin’s return make?


Thank you. A lot of criticism has gone Fasano's way, but I think he would have turned things around had Pennington continued to start. Hopefully, since Henne is getting most of the starting team snaps this time around, he will get a feel for his tight end.

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4. Does Henne know how to effectively use a tight end? Last year Anthony Fasano blended in, but some of his struggles had to do with Henne not making him a priority. When this offense was good in 2008 the tight ends were eating. How much of a difference does David Martin’s return make?


Thank you. A lot of criticism has gone Fasano's way, but I think he would have turned things around had Pennington continued to start. Hopefully, since Henne is getting most of the starting team snaps this time around, he will get a feel for his tight end.


I don't think it has to do with the QB. Fasano had about as many catches in 2009 as he did in 08, and that was missing 3 games I believe in 2009. So Henne might have actually thrown Fasano's way even more than Pennington. The problem was that, like Coach Sparano said, teams were leaving the sidelines wide open to take away the seem (TE) and the running game. Fasano was limited to short curl routes, where as in 2008 he ran a lot of hitches and stuff to attack the middle.

With Marshall, Fasano will see plenty more big plays. In fact, while Bess and Henne and obviously R&R benefit tremendously from Marshall, I think the guy who benefits the most is Fasano.


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