On this day after the Dolphins overtime win over the Packers, coach Tony Sparano met with the media to continue to break things down. Among other things, Sparano said that he was “happy” with the pass protection and said that while he knows that NFL sack leader Clay Matthews was out of the game, that the Packers still had over a dozen non-Matthews sacks on defense. He said that the offensive line did a nice job handling the Green Bay pressures, especially early in the game, and that maybe this deterred the defense from bringing guys later on. Other notes:
-Chad Henne’s touchdown pass to Anthony Fasano on the throwback screen is a really tough throw to make and Sparano said that he didn’t think that it was a pass Henne would have completed a year ago.
-During the bye week, the defense worked extensively on “setting the edge” and Sparano mentioned that both outside linebackers, Koa Misi and Cameron Wake, did a nice job doing so against the Packers.
-The return of Channing Crowder was an enormous boost for the team for a lot of reasons, one of which is that Tim Dobbins saw some more time on special teams, where he contributed a big hit that helped slow a momentum swing towards the Packers.
UPDATE: Here are some video highlights of the coach, as he discusses the way his team battled in the second half, the play of his kicker, Dan Carpenter, and if he thinks that Brandon Marshall is the best offensive player on the team:
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