OFFICIAL Game Thread - 9.23.12. - 1:00 PM CBS - New York Jets @ Miami Dolphins
|Santonio Holmes wants Jets to attack Dolphins DBs
Which version of the New York Jets offense will show up on Sunday in Miami?
Will we see the explosive unit that blew the Buffalo Bills out of the Meadowlands in Week 1? Or will it be the lethargic walkers who couldn't move the ball for most of Week 2?
A lot of this falls on the Jets' wide receivers, who pulled a disappearing act against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Santonio Holmes is of the belief that the group is set up for success against the Miami Dolphins secondary.
"With our skills and our speed, we should really take advantage of those guys," Holmes said Wednesday, via Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com.
Miami has a very different looking secondary than the last time these two teams met on New Year's Day. Vontae Davis was traded, safety Yeremiah Bell was cut (later landing with the Jets). Sean Smith and Richard Marshall are experienced corners, but the safety position is vulnerable with Chris Clemons and Reshad Jones.
"We'd like to get an upper edge and advantage against those guys early, so now they have to come out and defend us and play us in a respectable manner," Holmes said.
Despite a touchdown catch, Holmes and Sanchez had ugly chemistry against the Steelers. Rookie Stephen Hill, meanwhile, didn't even show up in the box score after his two-touchdown debut.
This unit needs to be more consistent ... though that could be said for the entire offense.
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|Dolphins report: New-look defense locking down top RBs
DAVIE, Fla.—Attention fantasy football owners: This would be a good week to sit Shonn Greene and any other Jets running backs you may have on your roster.
The Dolphins' new 4-3 defense has been downright nasty when defending the run in its first two games, allowing just 106 rushing yards (fourth-best in the NFL) on a 2.2-yard average (best in the NFL).
And it's not like the Dolphins' defense has shut down a couple of unproven running backs. Houston's Arian Foster was held to 79 yards on 3.0 yards per carry, and Oakland's Darren McFadden was completely shut down this past Sunday, gaining just 22 yards on 11 carries and catching only two passes for 19 yards.
The Dolphins also held the Raiders to just 1-of-12 on third downs.
"And actually, the one that we didn’t accomplish, we should have," defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said.
The key for the Dolphins in their new scheme has been the dominant play of defensive tackles Randy Starks and Paul Soliai, who have been completely disruptive through the first two games. Starks, who played defensive end in the previous 3-4 defense, has two sacks and four other quarterback hits through two games.
NOTE: Cornerback Richard Marshall, who missed the second half of the Oakland game with a back injury, said he expects to play Sunday vs. the Jets. The Dolphins are dangerously thin at cornerback behind him, with only Sean Smith and unproven Nolan Carroll and Jimmy Wilson.
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|Dolphins Don't Understand Tim Tebow Hype
The New York Jets are visiting Miami this week for a clash with the Dolphins. While this usually means a hard-fought rivalry game, a new dimension has been added this season in the form of Tim Tebow, the Jets' backup quarterback and (arguably) star attraction.
The Miami Dolphins, though, don't seem to get why Tebow gets so much attention from the national media. "It's a case of, you've got a good PR guy," LB Kevin Burnett told the Miami Herald Wednesday. "I need to call him up, find out who he is."
Tebow started 13 games for the Denver Broncos last season, leading the team to a playoff victory in the Wild Card round against Pittsburgh. His 6 game-winning drives were second only to Eli Manning of the New York Giants.
Tebowmania picked up major steam in Miami last season, when Tebow threw two touchdowns in the final 2:44 of a Week 7 game against the Dolphins to force overtime. The Broncos ended up winning, giving Tebow the victory in his first start of the 2011 season.
But when the Broncos signed Peyton Manning over the offseason, Tebow became expendable, and he was shipped to the Jets. Though he does not start in New York, Jets offensive coordinator (and former Dolphins coach) Tony Sparano will occasionally insert Tebow as a Wildcat quarterback to make use of his running ability.
Even so, he has just played on 13 offensive snaps through three games, hardly the kind of action that normally merits a GQ cover.
Dolphins WR Brian Hartline equated Tebow with reality TV stars. "Everybody loves him, but the same people go with the Kardashians," he said. "I don't know what they did either. They're on every cover, everywhere."
Worried that he might give the Jets too much motivational bulletin board material, Hartline added, "Tim Tebow won a lot of football games in college. He's won basically wherever he's gone."
DT Jared Odrick went a step further, saying "You don't want to know my real answer" when asked what he thought about Tebow. "I'd be on the front page of every newspaper. And I'd definitely be on [sports blog] Deadspin."
Indeed, the hype seems a bit much for a player who is used more often on punt protection than offense. The Jets seem confident so far to use Tebow as a decoy, making opposing defenses spend time planning how to stop Tebow, and taking away preparation time that could be used to study starting QB Mark Sanchez.
Tebow is bound to get more snaps on offense sooner or later, but whether those snaps will make the amount of time opponents prepare for him worth it remains to be seen. For now, Tebow is still the most glorified backup quarterback in the history of the NFL.
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|Will Dolphins receivers visit Revis Island?
DAVIE - Brian Hartline isn't sure if he'll get his first trip to Revis Island on Sunday, but he's preparing for it.
"I'm looking forward to it," said Hartline, the Miami Dolphins' leading receiver, who will likely become the player that draws the coverage of Jets Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis.
But the concussion Revis has been nursing the past two weeks kept him from playing in Sunday's 1 p.m. game against the Steelers.
Revis got cleared to practice without limitations on Thursday according to Newsday. But it is possible he could suffer a setback and sit out Sunday's game.
His possible absence could change the entire approach of New York's aggressive defense, which is allowing its opponents to complete 66.7 percent of their passes and produce a 95.3 quarterback rating.
Without Revis it is going to be difficult for Ryan and New York's 3-4 defense to disguise as much as they do, and pull those all-out, jailbreak blitzes that feed off a quarterbacks and offensive lines mistakes.
Revis' ability to cover his receiver one-on-one - typically without any help from the safeties - fuels that aggressive approach. Without it New York could be playing the Dolphins with one-hand tied behind their back.
"They don't really come after you in a close game," Hartline said. "They aren't the type of team that pins their ears back and comes after you in a close game. They try to tack it on once they get a lead."
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