While everyone is focused on what’s happening with the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and even the New England Patriots, the Miami Dolphins are quietly going about their business, working towards a three-game winning streak if they can top the Patriots this weekend in Miami.
Are they getting hot? Perhaps.
And if they are, there couldn’t be a better time to do so.
“I’ll always say it this way—you’ve got to catch the fever,” CBS NFL analyst and former Pro Bowl quarterback Phil Simms said in an interview with the Finsiders. “And I think that’s what they’ve kind of done. Guys are making plays. Making plays comes with confidence, it is a vibe. It’s a lot of things, it’s a lot of practice, meeting, the education and the physical stuff—when it comes together.”
Simms likes what he sees in Miami, as it appears the Dolphins offense may be close to producing like so many envisioned prior to the season.
“I do notice that as I even said to Coach Philbin a few minutes ago, ‘Clay, the quarterback, I feel like they’re learning how to deal with Mike Wallace. Heck, even your center is a playmaker! It’s true’,” Simms said. “So it’s pretty interesting and when I look at the Dolphins, here’s what I haven’t quite figured out yet—the defense. I just look at it, I know every single one of their players, and they should just have periods where they have completely dominate or destroy the other team. I haven’t seen enough of that yet.”
A lot of that offensive success starts with second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who’s gone under the radar as one of the more consistent quarterbacks in the league this year.
“Everybody judges these young quarterbacks too harshly,” Simms said. “I fall into that category sometimes. I don’t know why, I know better, because I know how hard it is being young and playing in the league.
“This is my exact evaluation, and I do it with college kids, I constantly do this—his presence is noticeable on the football field over what I saw when they played New England a few weeks ago. He looks stronger. The first thing I said to him was, ‘You picked up a little weight!’ I don’t know if he took it the wrong way, he said, ‘Oh, no, no I’m only 200!’ I should have said, ‘Did you pick up a little muscle?’ Because he does look it, it shows on the field, he’s throwing the football with a little more authority, he’s getting what I call on top of the ball and he’s letting it go. I can always tell when quarterbacks let it go because that back leg comes off the ground and comes around. That’s important, that means he sees it, he has great conviction and he’s throwing it with confidence and that’s everything.”
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