"Riding Buffalos" ... Louis Oliver Beat-the-Bills Edition
Written by Dave Blake
Saturday, 19 October 2013
The AFC East is now a tough division.
Who would have thought 6 weeks into the 2013 season that the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets would be competitive teams and not "gimme" games as we banked on at the beginning of the season. Both teams are riding much improved team play behind rookie quarterbacks and strong defenses. That makes Sundays Dolphins/Jills game a very interesting game.
After the first 3 weeks of the season, hopes were high that the Dolphins would be able to finally take the division away from the New England Patriots. However, Miami's poor pass blocking, too many defensive injuries, inconsistent and unimaginary offensive playcalling, and a quarterback that holds onto the ball just a little too long when nothing is open has derailed Miami's AFC East expectations. Let's not forget that the Dolphins took a punishing loss on Monday Night Football looking clueless defensively on how to stop those Saints, only to watch the Patriots with a group of inexperienced receivers defeat those same Saints last week with innovative playcalling and great defensive adjustments to take away Drew Brees weapons giving the Saints their first loss of the season (note: hmmm, definitely a run-on sentence there). I hate to say it, but the difference is the genius of Bill Belichick.
I still have high hopes for the Dolphins this year, but we're still going to see an up and down effort by them as they are young and our offensive line just isn't getting the job done. When you see the lack of development in most of our young offensive linemen, you wonder what the heck is going on. How many years does it take to build an offensive line? I expect the Dolphins to be competitive in every game as GM Jeff Ireland is slowly putting together a young group of playmakers, but an offense and a defense is only as healthy as their linemen are.
Losing at home to a punchless, yet good Ravens team before the bye still hurts. Why did we not win that one? Why did we give up on the running game so early causing the game to be one-dimensional and much easier to defense against us? I will say that Philben and Sherman are quarterback friendly and you can see the real positive impact, but you never give up on the running game when the game is close.
So, what we are now facing is an important game this weekend with the Bills after the bye. Most people feel that the Dolphins should have a nice advantage since the Bills are without their starting quarterback, and their backup quarterback. They will have Matt Flynn who was signed this just this week. Having a bye before a game has only been so-so for the Dolphins as we are 5-5 following the bye week in the past 10 years.
The Dolphins must win this game ... so they can go 14-2, baby;) OK, I am joking, but if we only lived in a perfect world ... like 1972,
One of my favorite players from the Miami Dolphins is former safety Louis Oliver ( I forgive him for being a Gator;) . Oliver was one of our hardest hitting safeties to ever play for the Dolphins, and he had a good eye for making the big play.
If you want to make yourself immortal in our eyes, you've got to play big against our divisional rivals. AJ Duhe will always be remembered for his 3 interception performance in the AFC Championship game against the Jets where he took one of those interceptions 35 yards back for a touchdown. Dan Marino and Bernie Kosar will be remembered for the "fake spike" against the Jets. Louis Oliver will always be remembered for his 3 interception performance (not to mention bringing a TD back on that October 4, 1992 game for 103 yards). In fact, I have a couple of clips of Louis Oliver to share with you.
By the way, will someone rise up in Sunday's Bills game to become the new hero in our eyes?
Skip to 2:44 and 3:25 in the following clip:
It's very amazing to me that after a decade of being very bad, that the Dolphins are ranked as the 10th favorite team in the latest Harris Poll . That just goes to show everyone the influence of what Don Shula and Dan Marino have made on fans of the NFL. With the successful drafting of playmakers and adding Mike Wallace, excitement is catching on once again.
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