Last night was a night of Fitzmagic. The Dolphins crushed the Jacksonville Jags on Thursday Night Football for the whole world to see, and how sweet it was.
The Jags have started the season fairly well and Minshew Mania seemed to be at it’s peak once again. The media circus reared it’s ugly head after a couple of impressive performances, and all of a sudden they’re are talking about the Jags like they’ve found their long term solution at quarterback. Something i’ve never believed to be true.
Which is why i found it increasingly satisfying as the Dolphins forced bad decision, painful overthrow, horrible inaccuracy and 4th down, again and again and again. Trevor Lawrence should start looking for his home in JAX.
Ballin’ all round
While Fitzmagic was brilliant, it was also a real confidence booster for our defence, who switched things up in coverage after getting torched by the Bills, and looked a tonne better last night. We had a couple of let offs, and just enough pressure from Kyle Van Noy forced Minshew to overthrow a wide open receiver in busted coverage for an easy touchdown.
Van Noy showed up last night, forcing and recovering a fumble deep in Jags territory. This pleased me as I felt like his presence had been lacking as a big signing free agent in the first two games. We got some pressure on the quarterback which again has been something we’ve not really seen yet this season. I liked the fight we saw in Emmanuel Ogbah, who was one of the low risk high reward free agency signings we made this off season, pulling him in from the Kansas City Chiefs.
A standout for me last night was the aggression, and determination to hunt down the ball carrier by rookie safety Brandon Jones. On several occasions I saw him come flying downhill and make a big hit on a runner, in what I thought was a very encouraging performance. Noah Igbinoghene is going to be just fine in the league. He had some good moments last night, including a pass break up in the end zone, and I’m a big fan of his.
Studs on the Line
The real MVP for the Dolphins last night, despite some excellent defensive work & Myles Gaskin showing up again, was the offensive line. I couldn’t be more impressed by the two rookies. It was evident during the draft that we were keen on building up the trenches and creating a solid offensive line that’s going to protect Tua for the long term. And so far it seems like we’ve found a couple of beauties.
Austin Jackson at just 21 years old, looks more composed and comfortable than Laremy Tunsil ever did. He was penalised once last night, on a bad call where he’d actually been face masked. Outside of that he put on a show once again.
And as for Solomon Kindley, this kid is a straight savage. On multiple occasions last night he was bullying defensive tackles, and he looked like he was having a great time doing so. The 4th rounder out of Georgia, who are well known for producing big talented offensive linemen, has worked for every rep so far this season, and he looks every bit the part. I’m incredibly impressed. The touchdown Fitz ran into the end zone was all Kindley. And here’s a clip of him destroying Ed Oliver in week 2…
Triple Home Run?
So is it possible that the Dolphins went 3 of 3 on young studs for the offensive line? Imagine how impactful that could be for our offence moving forward. Austin Jackson and Solomon Kindley are playing like they’re experienced NFL linemen and the job Offensive Line coach Steve Marshall is doing with these guys deserves a shoutout. Second round pick Robert Hunt needs to get his shot and I’m hoping he’ll step in for Jesse Davis at right tackle, as Davis is now the weak link.
The future is bright in Miami. I came away from that game well and truly satisfied. The first two games weren’t the best, and I know this is only the Jags, but everyone picked us to lose last night, and we showed up. With a roster featuring only one player over the age of 30 (Fitz 37), i saw the start of a long road to success on Thursday Night Football, and our boy wonder quarterback talent hasn’t even taken a snap yet… FINS UP!
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