When Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll intercepted a deflected pass in Friday's game at Jacksonville it represented a promising step in the team's development. Takeaways are a rarity for Miami. And when the offense turned Carroll's interception into a touchdown well that was a giant leap forward. Touchdowns are also a rarity. So too was the 58-yard field goal by rookie kicker Caleb Sturgis. Yes there were a few promising signs in the Dolphins' 27-3 victory at Jacksonville on Friday much more promising than what Miami showed in last week's 24-20 loss to Dallas in the Hall of Fame game which means things might be moving in the right direction overall. Among the priorities for coach Joe Philbin against the Jaguars were his team getting off to a fast start winning the turnover battle and improved tackling. Miami accomplished Philbin's first goal kind of by jumping out to a 14-0 lead a stark contrast to a week ago when the Dolphins fell behind the Cowboys 17-0 and seemed to be sleepwalking through the first half. "Offensively we got off to a slow start honestly" said Philbin who got his first pre-season victory after an 0-5 start "but got it going there and we put together a nice drive. Our defense played well initially and has kept them out of the end zone. Even though we gave up a bunch of yards on a long drive we kept them out of the end zone." Quarterback Ryan Tannehill overcame an uneven performance by the offensive line (they were shaky early but ended up OK) to go 5-for-9 passing for 75 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. He ended with a 120.1 passer rating and his decision-making for the most part was good. "We started off slow didn't get off to the start we wanted to but finally got settled in did what we want to do with the ball down the field and capped it off with a touchdown" Tannehill said.
Dolphins dominate turnover battle, beat down Jaguars 27-3
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Aug 10