Are You Ready for Some Miami Dolphins’ Football?!?
Is it a coincidence that the Miami Dolphins were selected for HBO’s “Hard Knocks” series in the offseason? That would make sense, because all signs point to a difficult season for the 2012 version of the team, which begins a new era with Sunday’s game against a heavily-favored Houston Texans team from Reliant Stadium. The Dolphins have a new head coach in Joe Philbin and rookie Ryan Tannehill won the starting quarterback job with an impressive preseason. Tannehill gained the edge when recently-released veteran David Garrard suffered a knee injury during training camp, and Miami fans are counting on the youngster to be the franchise’s next great quarterback since Dan Marino.
The Texans will likely have both quarterback Matt Schaub and five-time Pro Bowl wide reciever Andre Johnson on the field at the same time, something frequently lacking in 2011. Rookie Whitney Mercilus and former Cowboy Bradie James anchor the defense, looking to improve a unit that was 4th in points allowed last season. Miami will be starting rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, the eighth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. They’ll look to Reggie Bush to take some pressure of Tannehill. Bush rushed for a career-high 1,086 yards in 2011, his first season in Miami. Both teams have something to prove in Week 1. From the looks of it, the Dolphins will have a harder time proving it.
Ryan Tannehill, Picked eighth overall in the NFL draft, may have the toughest test of any of the five rookie quarterbacks starting on the NFL’s opening weekend. He goes against a Texans defense that ranked second in yards allowed and set a club record with 44 sacks in Wade Phillips’ first season as coordinator. “They don’t have as many exotic pressures and zone blitzes as you will see from other teams, but they’re really good at what they do,” Tannehill said. “They believe at what they do and they’re crisp at it.” Tannehill will make his NFL debut at Reliant Stadium, where he led Texas A&M to a bowl victory over Northwestern in his final college game last December.
Tannehill may be right about the Texans defense, but does he know what division they are in?
Nevertheless I am ready for some Dolphins Football and can’t wait to see the season start.