The Miami Dolphins have numerous positions up for grabs when the 2012 Training Camp opens on Friday, July 27, and one area of the team to focus on is the offensive line. Most fans would agree that center and the left side of the line of scrimmage is one of the strengths of this team, but the same cannot be said about the right side where no starters will return to the roster from last season.
The curtain closes on the 2011 season with the last of three straight AFC East opponents visiting Sun Life Stadium on Sunday. The New York Jets (8-7) come to South Florida looking to keep their playoff hopes alive, while the Miami Dolphins (5-10) hope to send the Jets back to New York disappointed. New York was riding high a few weeks ago and looked like a team that couldn’t miss a play-off berth, but back to back losses to the Philadelphia Eagles (45-19) and the cross-town rival New York Giants (29-14) have left the Jets on the outside looking in!
The start of the game on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium couldn’t have went any better for the Miami Dolphins (4-9). The special teams stayed hot and a blocked punt by Jimmy Wilson set up the Miami offense at the Philadelphia Eagles 15-yard line. Quarterback Matt Moore took over from there and hit wide receiver Brandon Marshall to take a quick 7-0 lead, but it went downhill fast from there!
From the Fins:
- Coach Sparano talks about the importance that depth plays on a football team
- For a full multimedia preview of the Eagles-Dolphins game check out The Finsiders game preview
- Andy Kent of Dolphins.com says “two teams with identical records but on vastly different paths will meet Sunday afternoon at Sun Life Stadium”
- Hear from Andy Reid, Michael Vick and former Dolphin Ronnie Brown for an Eagles perspective
From the Press:
- ESPN.com AFC East blogger James Walker says “the Eagles have issues stopping the run” which could lead to a big day for Daniel Thomas
- David J.
The Philadelphia Eagles (4-8) travel to Sun Life Stadium to face the surging Miami Dolphins (4-8) who are looking for there fourth straight victory at home. The Dolphins haven’t won four straight at home in the same season since 2002! Sunday’s contest marks the 13th meeting between the two teams. Miami holds the advantage in the all-time series 7-5, but has lost the last two meetings to the Eagles.
Miami Dolphins defensive end Jared Odrick hails from the same part of the country as Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy. Both players played high school football against each other in the Philadelphia area, and Odrick remembers how special McCoy was at an early age! Both went to rival colleges and now find each other on opposite sidelines once again this Sunday.
The Eagles beat writer joins the show to discuss the state of the Eagles during a vastly disappointing season for a club that went into 2011 with high expectations. Make sure to listen for McLane’s bold words on the mindset of the passionate, yet hostile Philadelphia fans heading into Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.
The secondary has played with a physical style for the Miami Dolphins as of late, and hasn’t been giving up the big play down the field. Safety Yeremiah Bell has set the tone and knows he’s facing a enormous challenge going up against the Philadelphia Eagles trio of quarterback Michael Vick, running back LeSean McCoy and wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
Miami Dolphins linebacker Cam Wake knows this week the defense is facing a team that has big play ability! The Philadelphia Eagles offense has plenty of weapons with running back LeSean McCoy and rested quarterback Michael Vick getting back into the starting line-up. Wake knows this is the week where discipline and assignments are critical for the Dolphins defense to be successful.