Dolphins NotesThe holidays may be over, but the Miami Dolphins’ season is not. Miami Dolphins fans, you only have one more opportunity to see the Fins during the 2012 NFL season, and that is this Sunday in New England. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to grab prime Miami Dolphins tickets right here at MiamiDolphinsTickets.com. We are your No. 1 source for Miami Dolphins ticket and tailgate packages, even when the Fins travel away from home, so be sure to grab the best seats in the house for Miami’s last game before they’re all gone!
With only one game left in the season, let’s take a look at two individuals who have paced the Fins’ effort these past few weeks, giving Miami Dolphins fans everywhere a glimpse of what the future could be like in South Florida.
We’ll start with Ryan Tannehill. The Fins’ First Round draft pick from this offseason has turned out to be quite the pick-up for Miami. Despite a rough patch in the middle of the season, Tannehill has steadily improved all year, proving that he can be put in the same elite category of other rising rookie QBs such as Andrew Luck, RG III and Kirk Cousins. Tannehill hasn’t thrown an interception in four consecutive games now, which equates to 136 passes. And, in the last two games, he has shown the ability to run the ball too – against Jacksonville, he scrambled five times for 54 yards, and then again for 44 yards in Sunday’s win over the Buffalo Bills. In fact, in each of the last two games, he has had a run of at least 30 yards. While that may not mean he’s the next RG III, it does mean that he is learning, expanding his game and, most of all, improving, which is really all you can ask for a rookie QB that could be leading his team to a .500 record with a win this weekend.
The Fins’ defense, on the other hand, has been quite stingy the past couple weekends – they have given up only a combined 13 points in their last two wins, and they forced four turnovers last Sunday in the win over Buffalo. Leading the way with three of those was Reshad Jones, who is no doubt campaigning for a Pro Bowl spot with his impressive play this season, particularly after recovering two fumbles against the Bills and intercepting one pass. That one interception against Buffalo came at the most crucial time of the game – with the Bills at the Miami 4-yard line, and less than two minutes remaining, Jones staved off a potential comeback with his fourth INT of the season (a career high), sealing the victory for Miami. Making this feat even more impressive is the fact that Miami’s secondary has been makeshift with injuries to guys like Nolan Carroll and Sean Smith, meaning Jones has been counted on to carry the load for the secondary at times this season. The good news is – he has definitely shown that he is more than capable of doing just that.