Last month, Miami Dolphins Head Coach Tony Sparano and General Manager Jeff Ireland participated in a conference call for Season Ticket Members that lasted over 30 minutes as the duo addressed numerous questions from fans. Yet, it wasn’t until the last question of the night, from a Season Ticket Member named Eric, that Sparano was asked the question that has been on the mind of fans all off-season.
The Dolphins defense has allowed an average of just under 16 points in their past four games, but has only two victories to show for it. Typically, a defense that does that well would hope their offense could pile up more points.
The defense limited the Browns to just 252 total yards of offense, and limited Cleveland’s crushing runningback Peyton Hillis to just 57 yards on the ground with no touchdowns.
It didn’t have to be pretty, it didn’t have to be easy, but it did have to happen: the Dolphins needed to beat the Browns today at Sun Life Stadium. They did not. The Browns came to South Florida and left with a three-point win after a wild final two minutes ended with Browns’ kicker Phil Dawson kicking a game-winning 24-yard field goal.
The Dolphins look for their first two-game winning streak since they beat the Bills and Vikings in their first two game of the season as they host the Cleveland Browns at Sun Life Stadium. At 6-5, the Fins are heading into the homestretch of the 2010 season with very little wiggle room if they wish to qualify for the playoffs.
Dolphins coach Tony Sparano had a very brief chat with the media after practice today as he continues to get his team ready for Sunday’s game against the Browns. Today, Cleveland coach Eric Mangini officially announced that Jake Delhomme would be his starting quarterback, which didn’t seem to surprise Sparano, who said that was the main guy they were preparing for this week.
This Sunday, the Dolphins defense does not want to have Cleveland running back Peyton Hillis gather up steam and start rumbling down the field. Have you ever seen what a train does to a penny after it rolls over top of it on the track? It’s not a pretty penny.
Hillis tips the scales at 240 pounds, that’s a weight advantage of about 25 pounds over the biggest Dolphins defensive back.