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Scouting the Dolphins

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    UNION-TRIBUNE
    5:35 p.m. September 22, 2009

    CHARGERS' NEXT OPPONENT
    Miami Dolphins (0-2)
    1:15 p.m. Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium



    The Dolphins are 0-2 for the second straight season, but with a big difference: Last year it was somewhat expected, since they were coming off a 1-15 season. But after equaling the greatest one-season turnaround in NFL history by going 11-5 last year, another winless start seems far less palatable in South Florida.
    Miami was poor in Week 1, committing four turnovers in a 19-7 loss at Atlanta. The Dolphins were much better in Week 2, gaining more than 400 yards against Indianapolis and controlling the ball for an astonishing 45 minutes, 7 seconds. But all that got them was a distinction as the only team since 1977 to lose a game after having the ball for that long. Miami had to settle for three field goals and fell short on a last-minute drive, which should sound familiar to Chargers fans.
    The good news for the Dolphins is they're playing a team they dominated last year and has had problems stopping what Miami does best – run the ball. Plus, quarterback Chad Pennington has been unstoppable in four previous starts against the Chargers.
    Jay Posner

    THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
    Ronnie Brown, RB. He carried more times (7) out of the Wildcat formation last year against San Diego than any other team, gained 34 yards and scored a touchdown. But he was even more effective on “normal” plays, with 17 carries for 91 yards. He rushed for 136 yards and two TDs Monday against Indianapolis.
    Chad Pennington, QB. As was noted after last year's game, if Pennington played the Chargers every week, he'd be Johnny Unitas. In four career starts, Pennington has completed 74.2 percent of his passes for 1,018 yards, six TDs, zero interceptions, a 112.7 rating and, oh yeah, a 4-0 record.
    Joey Porter, LB. Teams with Jason Taylor to provide the league's leading active sack duo (205.5). He was quiet against the Chargers last year but is the only player with at least five sacks in each of the last nine seasons and will test the Chargers' weakside tackle.

    FAMILIAR FACES
    Dan Henning, Miami's offensive coordinator, will be coaching at Qualcomm for the first time since he was fired after three seasons as Chargers head coach (1989-91). Henning also played for the Chargers in 1966. Tight ends coach George DeLeone was San Diego's offensive line coach in 1997 and wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell starred at Helix High. Club CEO Mike Dee was executive vice president of business affairs for the Padres from 1995-02. Running back Ricky Williams is a San Diego native from Patrick Henry High, and wide receiver Greg Camarillo spent the 2005-06 seasons with the Chargers.

    INJURY REPORT
    Linebacker Akin Ayodele was the only Dolphin listed on last week's injury report and he played. Coach Joe Sparano did not discuss any new injuries Tuesday, according to a team transcript of his Q&A with reporters.

    SERIES HISTORY
    The Dolphins have owned the Chargers for nearly 15 years, winning all seven games since San Diego's playoff victory in January 1995 to take a 14-12 overall lead. Three of those games were at Qualcomm Stadium. The teams played last year in Miami and the Dolphins jumped out to a 17-3 lead and held on for a 17-10 win as LaDainian Tomlinson was stopped on fourth-and-goal at the 1 in the fourth quarter. Miami had huge advantages in first downs (23-10), total plays (70-49), rushing yards (167-60), total yards (390-202) and time of possession (36:41-23:19).

    DID YOU KNOW?
    Only one back has rushed for more yards as a Dolphin than Ricky Williams – Hall of Famer Larry Csonka, with 6,761. Williams has 4,750, ahead of Csonka's running mates from the late 1960s and '70s, Mercury Morris and Jim Kiick. Ronnie Brown is fifth at 3,612.

    DID YOU HEAR?
    “Who cares about finishing close or you had them until the end and they were just great and they beat you? No, the Colts are a good football team but they're beatable and we should have won the game and we didn't. That's nobody's fault but our own.” – Dolphins LB Jason Taylor, after Monday's loss

    NUMBERS
    0 Takeaways by Dolphins in first two games
    5 Turnovers by Dolphins in first two games
    23 Plays by Dolphins offense in third quarter vs. Colts (0 points)
    30 Points by Dolphins in two games (46 by opponents)
    140 Plays run by Dolphins in two games (100 by opponents)
    256 Yards gained in two games against Dolphins by tight ends Tony Gonzalez (73) and Dallas Clark (183)
    365 Wins for the Dolphins since the 1970 merger, the most in the NFL
     
  2. Chargers-Superhero

    Chargers-Superhero Just win the Damn SB !!!

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    Stop the run, and we win, plain and simple.
     
  3. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    Force Pennington into a couple of turnovers as well.

    :bolt::bolt::bolt:
     
  4. Sandolf

    Sandolf Blue Moon Rising

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    Gates could have the kind of game that Dallas Clark did on Monday. Rivers should light them up for a lot of points... (assuming we do not have to settle for so many fieldgoals). I expect the Fish to convert on a lot of 3rd downs against us as well... so I expect a high scoring game. If we can get ahead... then they will have less room to run their gimmick plays.
     
  5. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    That is a very valid point IMO. The Dolfins D is not as good as the Ravens D.

    That said, we have to establish a running game. We also need to either try a 4-3 defensive look or pull something out of the space where the good lord split us. The D needs some help...
     
  6. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    agree,

    we also need to pick up the pace. Quick hits, no more draw plays from 8 yards deep in the backfield.

    We can do this!

    :bolt::bolt::bolt:
     
  7. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Actually we need to slow down the offense. 400+ yards passing is great but the drives are short. We need clock chewing drives.

    We need 6's instead of 3's as well...

    Chargers may be a passing team, but we MUST have a running game. If its the O line, get their fat arses out of there. If it is the scheme, change it up.


    What I NEVER want to hear again is a defender joking about how we lined up and ran the same thing film showed us doing time and time again before. Mix the looks up.
     
  8. in_a_days

    in_a_days dgaf

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    Easier said than done.

    Have we ever beat a team that had Pennington as it's QB? I know he beat us at least twice with the Jets.

    Pennington has the weakest arm in the NFL but his decision making is second to none... Highest completion % in NFL History is a pretty impressive feather in ones cap.
     
  9. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    no wonder he beats us.

    We are brutal when it comes to stopping short passes.

    :tdown:

    But I think if we slow the run and stop the long pass, we win going away

    :tup:
     
  10. Sandolf

    Sandolf Blue Moon Rising

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    Reminds me of Brees somewhat, who turns the ball over most consistently in or near the red zone. No room to stretch the D... more traffic to cope with in the underneath area.

    I am hoping for Sunday's game that our defense bends but not breaks. (no bonehead plays from Hart & co... no missed tackles when we've got one their RBs one on one in the flat).
     
  11. RM24

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    One other guy to pay attention to is the TE Fasano. What I remember from last year he had a good game against us in Miami. But then again, TE's always feast on our secondary.....:unsure:
     
  12. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Our defense needs to tighten up it's soft underbelly and close down those huge running lanes they have been allowing.

    Rivers & Co. need to find the end zone more often than not. Three's wont get it done unless our D blanks the other team.
     
  14. paddyirishman

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    Thought I had a positive answer on that one, we beat The Jets in Nov 05, alas Chad was on IR at the time
     
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  15. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Welcome to the forum!
     
  16. RM24

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    Lets finally HANG that Chad!!!!

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  17. Big Dave

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    Baloney.

    Everyone was talking about our tough schedule and that coming out with an 0-3 record was possible. After playing 2-0 Atlanta and 2-0 Indianapolis, it looks like they may be right as the Chargers are a talented team, too.
     
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    He's having a tough year. He fumbled the ball twice against the Falcons which pretty much killed both of our drives. The Falcons scored on both of them.

    Last week he just caught one pass.

    Still, Pennington likes to look his way in the red zone. He caught 6 of his 7 TD passes last year in the red zone.
     
  19. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    If the fish beat us at home, I will personally start backing What's his name, you know the Norv hater?
     
  20. Chargers-Superhero

    Chargers-Superhero Just win the Damn SB !!!

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    Chad beat us last year with the Dolphins in Miami.
     

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