Some thoughts following Miami's first loss
Sure they lost whatever to 28 but no one cares about that. What you really should care about is:
*The Dolphins offense created a terrible situation for itself in that on Miami's first possession Ronnie Brown let a reception get stolen out of his grasp by linebacker Cato June and turned into a Tampa touchdown. That was a moment of truth for this offense. And it responded beautifully.
Miami mounted an 18-play drive on the very next possession to score it's first touchdown this preseason with Trent Green at quarterback. And it was against Tampa's first-team defense.
"We had to decide what our character is going to be on offense and what our identity as a unit was going to be after that happened," Green said. "We responded."
"It builds confidence," Chris Chambers said.
So that was the shining moment of the preseason for the offense.
*The defense gave up some completions to Jeff Garcia but nothing to worry about except ... Travares Tillman, who was benched midway through last season, got a lot of playing time in the dime package for the Dolphins and he and cornerback Will Allen failed to communicate on a play that resulted in a 26-yard TD pass from Garcia to Joey Galloway.
Tillman is a solid special teams player, but one hopes the Dolphins see that in coverage, he's always around the ball but seemingly never makes the play.
*Matt Roth is having a fine preseason and his one-handed interception -- which led to Miami's second touchdown of the night -- means he's already made one more game-changing play this preseason than I can remember Kevin Carter making the last two years. One hopes Roth continues his ascendancy toward becoming a playmaker on D.
*The offensive line, particularly the starting unit, played pretty good as far as pass protection goes. The run blocking was atrocious, but Cam Cameron said after the game Miami wasn't trying to run the football. If failing to run the ball was a goal, then the Dolphins were successful in reaching the goal.
*I still see the right tackle situation as the most intriguing on the line. L.J. Shelton is still coming on, according to my sources, while Anthony Alabi is playing OK, but not great. Let's face it, the spot will be the chain's weak link this year.
*Receiver Derek Hagan had a shining moment in catching a 31-yard TD pass from John Beck in the second half. But he also had at least one notable drop, two if you're a really tough grader, and that inconsistency is one reason Ted Ginn Jr. has passed him in the two youngsters' search for playing time.
By the way, I wrote a column about Ginn following the game. Here it is: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/football/story/215654.html
in case you're too cheap to buy the newspaper or live in Mongolia. Help a brotha out and read it if you care to know what's up with the first-round pick.
*Patrick Cobbs, who coaches like, hurt his cause by fumbling. Cameron HATES turnovers. He's preached ball security all preseason. The sermon didn't take with Cobbs in this one instance and that's tough for a player on the fringes of making the team.
Aaiight as Nick Saban says. Your thought?