The Miami Dolphins face their most hated rival this week, the New York Jets. It’s easy for players and fans to get up for this game, but this season, this game has a little more meaning to it. Former Dolphin head coach Tony Sparano is now leading the offense for the Jets. Former strong safety for the Dolphins, Yeremiah Bell, is now starting for the Jets. Last years 4th round pick Clyde Gates is now playing for the Jets, as is Tim Tebow, the man who pulled off a great comeback victory last season, in Miami, on Florida Gator day no less.
This game has some serious story lines. Sparano knows the personnel and that gives the Jets an advantage. Bell still lacks coverage skills that the Dolphins look to exploit. Sparano is looking for revenge on owner Stephen Ross and GM Jeff Ireland. Will the Dolphins be able to keep the running game going against a Jets defense that has allowed 130 yds a game so far against the Bills and Steelers? Will the Dolphins be able to keep up their outstanding run defense against the Jets who love to run the ball? How will rookie QB Ryan Tannehill handle the Jets defense who has allowed 230 yds a game and 5 TD’s?
I like the way the Dolphins match up against the Jets this week. The Dolphins are 4 in rushing defense, and although they are ranked 30th against the pass, they have only allowed 2 passing TD’s. The Jets are weak against the run so far this season, and Miami has made it clear that they plan to run the ball. If the line continues to improve and the Dolphins stay persistent with the run, they should have success Sunday.
Today the Dolphins also made a couple roster changes. They released Ryan Baker, who has been release and re-signed numerous times over the past few seasons,and they signed Andre Fluellen. The move clearly shows the Dolphins weren’t kidding when they said they will continue to churn the bottom of their roster. Fluellen was a former 3rd round pick in 2008 by the Lions.