12.03.2012

Patriots dolphins provide future plans

Miami - The "2012 AFC East Champion" T-shirt backed by tens of Sunday night. There is an atmosphere of celebration at Sun Life Stadium, but not for the home team.

A visit to the New England Patriots won the AFC East with a 23-16 victory over the Miami Dolphins. New England improved to 9-3 and have bigger things in mind - like the playoffs and the Super Bowl.

Miami (5-7), on the other hand, clothing surly after playoff hopes dashed. Once the dolphins to start thinking about 2013 and beyond.

"Very frustrating," said center Mike Pouncey dolphins in the locker room was quiet. "I think you all know they can not make mistakes against a football team. We missed out on many opportunities to make a play. '

But if one thing dolphin show, is that there are far from competitive. This is not a bottom feeder team most expected to Miami this year. Dolphins have a few pieces in place.

Sunday's loss to New England - the ancient kings of the AFC East - provides a perfect model of what the Dolphins need. For starters, Miami does not have the offensive firepower to keep up in New England.

Miami's defense played one of the best games this season. The Patriots entered this game as hot as the No. 1 in the league violation. New England has scored 40 points or more four times this season but was held back by a dolphin. Miami running game stuffed New England Tom Brady and confused with four sacks. The '23 Patriots had their lowest points since week 6.

But most violations Miami settled for field goals and punts. Rookie Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is not the best, only completed 13 of 29 passes for 186 yards. That's not good enough to beat Brady, even on a bad day.

Dolphins do not have the skill players to make plays great dynamic. Two perfect examples of Tannehill missed a deep connection to the receiver Brian Hartline that may have led to a touchdown.

"You have to hit" Tannehill admitted after the game. "Do not get too many pictures like that."

Stout Miami defense. But to take advantage of the Patriots biggest weakness: cornerback.

Dolphins traded former first Vontae Davis this summer, and when injured starter Richard Marshall reserve with a back injury. Miami fell to Sean Smith and the fourth or fifth corner, and that's where Wes Welker dominates.

Welker, a former Dolphin, had a successful return to Miami and caught 12 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. Welker Miami players can not be contained and the biggest reason the Patriots to move around the court in this game.

"He is very intelligent," said Dolphins safety Reshad Jones, who had an interception in the game. "It has one of the best quarterbacks in the game to give the ball. [Welker] a great job of route options, and is a very good job in letting go. '

Besides offensive skills player and cornerbacks, dolphins also need to know their left tackle situation. Jake Long the team's future will be darker after suffering a triceps injury in the first quarter. Dolphins coach Joe Philbin did not elaborate on the injury after the game, but the fact that the clothes along the street in the second half was a sign that he could lose time.

The length is easily the best player on the team two years ago. But it fell out of favor due to a recent injury and inconsistency. The length is not an elite left tackle after he and a risk of injury. But the heavy Command salary when he becomes a free agent in March. Violations Miami certainly does not seem to be great without him against New England.

"Jake is a great player, and it's hard to lose a player like him," said Dolphins running back Reggie Bush. "His presence will certainly not be forgotten. But football should go, and the person to come in and do the job. '

Miami rookie second-rounder Jonathan Martin has moved from right to left tackle. She is the best option in the list and will be auditioning for the left tackle job if the term is for a period of time.

Martin played left tackle at Stanford, where he was the personal protector for quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts Andrew luck. Martin will not be embarrassed in his first action at left tackle in the NFL and did some good things.

"I think I did well," Martin said after the game. "I [left tackle] a little rusty. It's like a mirror image [right tackle]. You just remember how your muscles feel and how you feel your balance. '

The Patriots beat the Miami area on Sunday to win his tenth title in 12 years AFC East. But the good news is that dolphins have a lot of cap space in 2013 and five draft picks in the first three rounds of patching the hole.

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