Some Dolphins notes from Monday:

### Off Sunday's knee injury Paul Soliai’s availability for Sunday is in question; the Dolphins aren’t sure yet whether he will be able to play. It will depend largely on how he recovers this week.

But the injury is not believed to be season-threatening.

“We’re not certain how Paul’s condition will be as the week goes on” defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said adding he would prepare his unit for the scenario of him playing or not playing.

If Soliai misses a week or two Randy Starks would resume starting alongside Jared Odrick. But Soliai hasn't given up hope of playing Sunday against Atlanta.

### Ryan Tannehill who ranked in the bottom third or quarter of the league in most offensive categories last season now ranks in the upper half in most. He’s 10th in completion percentage 12th in yards ninth in average gain per completion 14th in quarterback rating and sixth-best in interceptions.

The big difference? "Ryan's play speed is a little bit better" Joe Philbin said. "We talked a lot about a thousand reps he has in the bank. He's a very good student of the game. He's sees things on the field a hair quicker."

Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman's take on Tannehill? “Having gone through an NFL season and an [offseason program] as a starter he has grown in to the position has tremendous confidence. He shows me great composure when he’s on the field.”

### The Dolphins’ vision of having an offense that could strike quickly materialized on the first drive Sunday when Miami needed just 2:19 to go 58 yards in six plays punctuated by Mike Wallace’s 18-yard catch and run on a screen.

“That screen was set up for Mike if we had the right look. If we didn’t it would have gone to the other side” Sherman said. “It’s predicated on what the defense is giving us.”

Ball distribution in the passing game Sherman said is “predicated on coverage techniques tendencies and sometimes who’s going again who.”

### Defensively the Dolphins believed Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler would make a greater impact than Karlos Dansby (now with Arizona) and Kevin Burnett (Oakland) and Sunday’s game offered some evidence with Wheeler’s sack ending the Colts’ final drive. Ellerbe had 14 tackles in the game Wheeler 12.

“Their play speed has been good blitzing has been good” Philbin said. “They’re aggressive. They’re off to good starts.”

Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said “between the two of them Dannell had 16 hits and Philip might have 13 or 14. They fly around play with great energy. We have to keep on limiting the mistakes. They play at a very high tempo. We’re really pleased with them.”

### Let’s be clear: Though everybody knows improvement is needed there is some satisfaction internally about the blueprint coming together so effectively and so quickly. “It looks good right now” Wheeler said. “It’s a great confidence builder. We feel like we can beat anybody.”