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Posted on: November 18, 2010 6:57 pm

Report: Long 'does expect to play tonight'

Posted by Will Brinson

Jake Long is the key to what probably amounts as the biggest matchup in Thursday night's matchup between Miami and Chicago (although Andy earlier made a compelling case that Cameron Wake is actually the biggest factor), because without one of the top tackles in the game, the Dolphins will have their hands full with Julius Peppers.

So, good news for Miami -- Long, according to ESPN's Rachel Nichols "does expect to play tonight."

Miami should have it's hands full running against a Bears defense that's been second best in the league against the run so far this year as it is (with Tyler Thigpen taking his first start with the 'Fins, surely Chicago will be looking to stack the box anyway).

So the news that Long will play is great for the Dolphins, at least right now. As Andy and I discussed on the preview podcast, however, a shoulder injury is nothing to play around with, and even though this game is vital for the 2010 season, there has to be a little concern about the long-term effects that playing with the injury could have.

That being said, it seems unlikely that Miami would put Long on the field if they weren't confident he was healthy enough to play.

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Posted on: November 18, 2010 2:36 pm

The real key to Bears-Dolphins matchup

Posted by Andy Benoit
C. Wake (US Presswire)
Everyone is talking about Julius Peppers facing Jake Long and his injured left shoulder Thursday night, but the more significant pass-rushing matchup in this game will be on the other side of the action. Miami’s Cameron Wake has blossomed into one of the premier defensive forces in the NFL. The ex-Canadian League superstar leads the AFC with 8.5 sacks on the season and, for the most part, he’s been stout against the run.

Wake’s supple athleticism is buttressed by good initial quickness and underrated strength. Neither Bear offensive tackle – Franks Omiyale or seventh-round rookie J’Marcus Webb – has a prayer at blocking him one-on-one. But if Chicago can find away to contain Wake through chips and tight end double teams, there will be at least four or five big plays on the table for Jay Cutler.

Reason being, the callow Dolphins secondary has proved to be erratic in diagnosing route combinations. No. 2 cornerback Sean Smith has looked particularly vulnerable (which is partly why he was benched at one point this season), and second-year free safety Chris Clemons is not yet consistent enough to constantly pick up the slack (plus Clemons is better near the box than in centerfield). When given time to develop, Chicago’s complex route combinations are some of the most aggressive and effective in the game.

For any time facing the Bears, it’s crucial to get pressure on Cutler. For the Dolphins, it’s vital.

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Posted on: November 12, 2010 9:02 pm

Is Tauscher finished in Green Bay?

M. Tauscher was placed on IR today. His career in Green Bay is in question at this point (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With today's news that Packers placed RT Mark Tauscher on the IR list, ending his season, there is one big question moving forward for the 11-year veteran (all in Green Bay):

Is his career finished?

Certainly, Tauscher has been injury prone the past half-decade. He’s played in 16 games only once in the past five seasons (in 2007), and this year, bothered by a bad shoulder, he only managed to participate in four contests.

Since he was injured Oct. 3, the Packers have inserted rookie first-round pick Bryan Bulaga into the starting lineup. The results have been mixed. Early on, he struggled, particularly against Miami’s Cameron Wake, but Bulaga has continued to improve the more he’s been on the field.

Lately, he’s showed he’s more than capable of replacing Tauscher. Not bad for a guy who was slated to play LT originally.

Going back to the original question, it’s hard to say if Tauscher is done playing in the NFL. I'd lean toward probably not. But despite the fact he signed a two-year contract in the offseason, it looks like his time in Green Bay might be over, especially with the way Bulaga has progressed.

“Despite long odds, Mark has been battling this shoulder injury in an effort to get back on the field,” Packers GM Ted Thompson said in a statement released by the team today. “His work ethic and motivation have been tremendous but the injury has been too severe to overcome. He is a team leader and will be an important part of our team as we go through the stretch run of our season.”

Nothing, of course, was said about next season.

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 11:03 am

Mild upset in NFL awards this week

Posted by Andy Benoit

Normally we don’t pay too much attention to the NFL Player of the Week awards because, let’s be honest, hardly anyone remembers the winners of the award one month later. Or even a few days later. But every once in a while you get a Player of the Week award upset.

This week, Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons took home AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Timmons had a terrific game against the Browns, recording 11 tackles, two sacks and an interception.

But what about Dolphins outside linebacker Cameron Wake? The rising star recorded three sacks, three tackles for a loss and six hits on the quarterback in his team’s overtime win against the Packers. Wake’s performance did not come at home against a sluggish offense led by a rookie quarterback making his NFL debut – it came on the road against Aaron Rodgers.

At the end of the day, it’s not a big deal. Timmons and Wake are both breakout players performing at a Pro Bowl level this season. Just thought it might be worth having the discussion since, well, honestly, since yours truly declared Wake a “lock” for Player of the Week honors on Monday.

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Posted on: October 18, 2010 3:58 pm

Hot Routes 10.18.10 Week 6 boxscore tidbits

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Seahawks managed 111 rushing against a staunch Bears run defense. (A Bears run defense that was without WLB Lance Briggs, however.) Justin Forsett had 67 yards on 10 carries. Marshawn Lynch gained 44 on 17 carries.

Mike Williams had career-highs in catches (10) and yards (123) for Seattle. Deon Butler, who is essentially replacing Deion Branch, caught all four passes that were thrown to him, including a 22-yard touchdown.

Hours after signing a new two-year contract, Dolphins emerging slot receiver Davone Bess caught five balls for 37 yards and a touchdown against Green Bay.

Greg Jennings wanted his role elevated in Green Bay’s offense. The loss of Jermichael Finley made that easy. On Sunday Jennings had six catches for 133 yards and a touchdown. However, he was only targeted seven times.

Former first-round bust and current No. 2 corner Jason Allen got his third interception of the season for Miami.

Dolphins outside linebackers Cameron Wake and Koa Misi combined for four sacks, four tackles for loss and seven hits on the quarterback.

It appears Ryan Mathews has reclaimed the starting running back job in San Diego. The first-round rookie got 12 carries against the Rams. Fullback Mike Tolbert got just three.

Apparently the return of Marcus McNeill was not world-saving for the Chargers. Chris Long, Larry Grant and James Hall all recorded two sacks against Philip Rivers.

The Patriots lost the turnover battle 2-0 against the Ravens and still won.

Since we reported it a few weeks ago, we have to report it again: Aaron Hernandez set a new Patriots franchise record for longest run by tight end. This time he went for 18 yards. Hernandez holds the previous record of 13 yards.

Derrick Mason led the Ravens with eight catches for 100 yards. T.J. Houshmandzadeh caught every ball thrown his way, which left him with two receptions on the afternoon. Housh did at least finish the game with zero public tantrums.

Haloti Ngata was the most dominant player on the field in Foxboro Sunday. The thundering defensive lineman had seven tackles, two sacks, two tackles for a loss and three hits on the quarterback (all of which we’ll assume Tom Brady argued for a flag on).

Brandon Spikes: 16 tackles. Jerod Mayo: 18 tackles.

The Lions leading rusher at New York was Drew Stanton (three carries, 30 yards). Jahvid Best managed just 16 yards on 12 carries. Best is averaging 3.2 yards per attempt on the season.

The Lions fumbled five times but only lost 2.

Michael Jenkins led the Falcons with five catches for 99 yards in his season debut coming off a shoulder injury.

Asante Samuel, back after missing Week 5 with a concussion, had three pass breakups and a pick against Atlanta.

Mike Wallace put up “Randy Moss circa 1998” type numbers against the Browns: three catches, 90 yards and a touchdown.

Ben Watson had his best game as a Brown, catching six passes for 88 yards and a score.

The Browns’ next two leading receivers were tight end Evan Moore (four catches, 84 yards) and running back Peyton Hillis (six catches, 49 yards). Not uncommon to see non-wide receivers leading the way when it’s an untested rookie quarterback making the throws.

Lawrence Timmons is a rising star in Pittsburgh. The fourth-year pro and second-year starting inside linebacker had 11 tackles, two sacks, two tackles for a loss, two QB hits and a pass breakup Sunday.

The Chiefs gained 228 yards on the ground against the Texans. (Many of those yards came after DeMeco Ryans left the game.)

Matt Cassel had a passer rating of 122.9. Matt Schaub had a rating of 123.9.

Dwayne Bowe: 108 yards and two touchdowns. And, as a CBS graphic kindly pointed out, zero drops.

Owen Daniels had his most productive game of the season, catching five balls for 79 yards. Many of Daniels’ catches were the result of play design.

Tamba Hali had zero tackles and zero sacks. We point it out only because the tireless pass-rusher was far more effective than those numbers indicate.

Tim Tebow had six carries for 23 yards and a touchdown. He also had six “crowd quieters” (as in he had to motion for the crowd to be quiet prior to the snap six different times).

Antonio Cromartie held the NFL’s leading receiver, Brandon Lloyd, to four catches Sunday. Cromartie had three pass breakups and three tackles (which means he overcame his greatest fear on three separate occasions).

The 49ers out-Raidered the Raiders Sunday: 11 penalties for 143 yards.

Jason Campbell’s 10.7 passer rating was the worst rating for a Raiders quarterback since Ken Stabler’s 9.9 against the Bengals in 1975.

The Cowboys held Adrian Peterson to 73 yards on 24 carries.

For the second straight week, Felix Jones got more rushing attempts than Marion Barber. Barber had the better game running, though. He was 5/5 on third/fourth-down-and-one conversions. Jones, however, was better through the air: 10 catches, 61 yards.

Despite using a hurry-up most of the night, the Colts finished the game with four fewer plays (68) than the Redskins (72).

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 5:32 pm

Who will replace Jason Taylor, Joey Porter?

C. Wake attempts to sack New England's T. Brady Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel takes a look today at Miami’s linebacker corps, and asks the question most likely on every Dolphins fans’ mind. How in the heck will the team replace Joey Porter and Jason Taylor at outside linebacker?

It’s hard to argue Miami’s decision to rid itself of Porter – who is still effective, but who turned 33 in March – and Taylor, who’s four years older and noticeably slower. But who will fill those spots?

Kelly has even more questions:

Cameron Wake has pressured quarterbacks in Canada and America, but can this Dolphins linebacker convert from a project to a productive NFL starter this season?

Charlie Anderson has proven to be a patient man, and Quentin Moses is a resilient one — but are either of these converted former college defensive ends starter material as 3-4 linebacker?

In his first two seasons, Erik Walden established himself as a solid special teams contributor, but can he do more on an every-down basis?

Wake – who was a productive player in the CFL – is strong coming off the edge (though merely mediocre everywhere else at the OLB role), and the team will look to him to replace Porter. Moses and Walden, as Kelly points out, aren’t even locks to make the roster. While Koa Misi, a second-round pick, probably will start on the strong side, replacing Taylor, it’s unknown how fast he’ll adjust to the NFL game.

For now, there are more questions than answers for this Dolphins squad.

--Josh Katzowitz

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