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The Fast And Furious Miami Dolphins

Move over Vin Diesel. We’re taking coach Brian Flores over you any day. It’s a new year and a new approach for the Miami Dolphins. This one is going to be exciting. 

This summer, the Dolphins are installing a new offense. One that will challenge opposing defenses. Who better to oversee that transformation than the man who made a name for himself by shutting down high-powered offenses. Flores was the mastermind behind the New England Patriots defense that held the Los Angeles Rams to three points in Super Bowl LIII. Those same Rams averaged 33 points a game that year. 

In the same manner that cybersecurity companies use hackers to develop the best computer protection software; Miami’s defensive guru is creating an offense that would give himself nightmares. The Dolphins will unleash an offense that undoubtedly can hang with their defense. Correspondingly, Miami’s will wreak havoc on all opposing defenses.

 

The Fast

 

And I do mean very fast.

Will Fuller V signed in free agency and will be starting at wideout. Fuller’s official 40-yard dash time is 4.32. Miami’s top draft pick Jaylen Waddle was clocking 4.3 speed in high school. Good luck chasing him now. Waddle claims that he can run south of a 4.3 now. Comparatively, the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt’s 40-yard dash time is 4.22. This results in Miami being able to flaunt Olympic sprinter speed that will stress out defenses.

“Defenses have to make that decision when you have those types of players on the field,” Flores said.

 

Just like in the Fast & Furious, opponents will be challenged to make split-second decisions. Make the wrong one and you lose. By adding speed, the Dolphins became versatile. Look for Mike Gesicki, DeVante Parker, Myles Gaskin, and others to have elevated performances as a result of a more open field.  

 

The Furious 

 

The perfect formula for a Summer Blockbuster is: 

Speed and high flying stunts (Offense) ✅

Sex Appeal (It’s the City of Miami)✅

Explosions and Fireworks ✅

The third bullet is provided courtesy of Miami’s defense! The Dolphins already own the longest active takeaway streak of 22 games. Imagine if that unit became even more explosive?

Well, they did exactly that. Despite being a top 10 defense, Miami struggled to stop the run and gave up a lot of yards. The additions of Benardrick McKinney in free agency will do wonders to improving the run defense. Rookies Jalean Phillips and Jevon Holland also will allow the defense to be even more aggressive. 

 

Andrew Van Ginkel was a bright spot last season and will take on a larger role. Emmanuel Ogbah is in a contract year and Byron Jones will continue to prove he is worth his contract. Miami will get to the quarterback even more in 2021. Phillips will make an immediate impact and is the type of player that Flores loves. A player that can be moved around to disguise when and where pressure is coming from.

Ultimately, the Fast Offense will empower the Furious Defense. Get ready Miami, because this Summer Blockbuster will lead to Winter Awards.

Take Tua!

And….. action.

The Miami Dolphins will kick off the 2021 NFL Season on the road against the New England Patriots. This would be followed by the home opener against the Buffalo Bills. 

Wait, I’ve seen this movie before. The Dolphins started off the 2020 season the same way. Miami lost both games, which set them behind in the race for the AFC East early on. 

Cut

Well, after a bunch of bloopers and missteps, the directors have made some changes. The lead actor, Ryan Fitzpatrick, will be replaced by the understudy, Tua Tagovailoa, this time around. The rest of the supporting cast will also look much different. On offense, Tua will be joined by Will Fuller, college teammate Jaylen Waddle, a rebuilt offensive line, and others. Not to mention, fan favorites DeVante Parker and Mike Gesicki are back. On defense, Jaelan Phillips, Jevon Holland, and Benardrick McKinney are joining Xavien Howard and Byron Jones which will definitely give viewers something to watch for. 

Take-Two

“I’d say in every aspect – getting to the line of scrimmage, getting that order of operation down, my cadence, pre-snap reads, my post-snap reads,” Tagovailoa said. “Just the whole shebang with that. I felt I wasn’t comfortable during my rookie year. So I’m just working on a lot of those things in Year 2 to be better.”

It makes sense that Tua wasn’t comfortable. Not only was he a rookie, but he was also recovering from an injury and had the unconventional COVID-19 offseason. A point often overlooked is that this was also Fitzpatrick’s offense. Fitzpatrick was in his second year with Miami at the time and was paired with a familiar face, Chan Gailey, as his offensive coordinator.

This year, the offense has been built around Tua. Ultimately, the offensive coaching staff, players, and scheme have all been influenced in a way to accentuate his strengths.

That’s a Wrap

It’s a long season. A season that is made even longer with the additional game. On the positive side, if the Dolphins falter out of the gates again, there is time to make it up. On the negative side, the season is made even longer with a trip to London and a late bye-week. 

Miami cannot afford to come out of the gates the same way as last year. The Bills have a soft backend of the season, so falling two games back of the division might be insurmountable.

Also, winning cures everything. There has been some doubt cast on Tagovailoa being the guy. Those doubts seem to be mainly from people outside of the Dolphins circle. Nonetheless, if Miami and more importantly Tua doesn’t come out with better results this time around, those doubts could start to arise internally.

In any event, Tagovailoa is doing his part to make sure the Dolphins get it right this time. Don’t take my word for it, check out what head coach Brian Flores had to say. 

“Good. He’s clearly been working hard this offseason,” Flores said. “Not only that, but he’s done a good job as far as when we weren’t here at the facility, grabbing guys. He had a group of receivers that were meeting at I don’t know what field somewhere, but twice a week. [They were] throwing routes.

“Again, building that timing that we just talked about, building that timing, building that rapport, building that chemistry, I think he’s done a good job from a leadership standpoint in that respect, away from the facility or when we were away from the facility. Physically, he’s in a good place.”

Get excited, Dolphins fans, by all accounts, this team will be fun to watch.

Bahamas’ Final Thoughts: Miami Dolphins 2021 Schedule

Let’s get it.

The schedule has been released and we now know what the “Biggest NFL season ever” will look like. This will be the first-ever 17 game season and there’s a lot of optimism this year with the Miami Dolphins on the rise. 

Miami’s schedule has a lot to like and some things that could have been better. Take a look at our quick analysis. 

What’s to like.

Not much is guaranteed in life, but for teams that play in the AFC East, there are three guarantees. They all revolve around location, location, and location. The three guarantees are that games will be played in Upstate New York, Foxboro, Massachusetts, and Miami, Florida. If you’re the opposing team, you hope to avoid Miami at home early in the season. Meanwhile, for the Dolphins, winter games up north can be daunting.

The schedule gods smiled on Miami. Not only do the Dolphins avoid taking the trip up north to face the Patriots or the Bills late in the season, but Buffalo will have to face Miami at home in week 2 at 1 p.m. ET.  The average temperature in Miami in September is 89 degrees Fahrenheit. Hard Rock Stadium is also constructed not to give opponents any relief, and the Bills will have the sun beating down on them all game. Definitely an advantage for Miami.

There’s another scheduling quirk that swings in Miami’s favor. When the Dolphins return home to take on the Carolina Panthers in week 12, they will have a four-week stretch with no road games. The next time Miami travels after that is the Christmas weekend primetime matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

What We Don’t Like

Despite winning 10 games last season and even with an improved roster, the NFL is still being cautious in showcasing the Dolphins. 10 teams have five primetime games this season and some of them rightfully so. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs deserve the limelight. However, the Dolphins were only rewarded with two primetime games: one Monday Night game against the Saints and a Thursday Night game versus the Ravens. 

While this is still a progression from the one game scheduled last season, still feels like a slap in the face when the San Francisco 49ers have five primetime games. The same 49ers team that was embarrassed by the Dolphins in the not-to-distant past.

Miami will be traveling to London to face off against the Jacksonville Jaguars. This can be considered a primetime game of sorts, but this leads to the other thing we don’t like. The Dolphins have two short weeks surrounding their Thursday and Monday night games. There’s also the long road trip to London in week 6, yet their bye week comes in week 14, sandwiched in between a pair of home games. It’s nice to have a late-season bye week, but it would’ve been nice to offset one of those short weeks.

Final thought

Get excited, Dolphins fans. The Dolphins have a chance to do something special with this schedule.

2021 Miami Dolphins Schedule 

  • Week 1: at New England Patriots, Sept. 12, 4:25 p.m., CBS
  • Week 2: vs. Buffalo Bills, Sept. 19, 1 p.m., FOX
  • Week 3: at Las Vegas Raiders, Sept. 26, 4:05 p.m., CBS
  • Week 4: vs. Indianapolis Colts, Oct. 3, 1 p.m., CBS
  • Week 5: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Oct. 10, 1 p.m., CBS
  • Week 6: at Jacksonville Jaguars in London, Oct. 17, 9:30 a.m., CBS
  • Week 7: vs. Atlanta Falcons, Oct. 24, 1 p.m., FOX
  • Week 8: at Buffalo Bills, Oct. 31, 1 p.m., CBS
  • Week 9: vs. Houston Texans, Nov. 7, 1 p.m., FOX
  • Week 10: vs. Baltimore Ravens, Nov. 11, 8:20 p.m., FOX/NFLN/Amazon
  • Week 11: at New York Jets, Nov. 21, 1 p.m., CBS
  • Week 12: vs. Carolina Panthers, Nov. 28, 1 p.m., FOX
  • Week 13: vs. New York Giants, Dec. 5, 1 p.m., FOX
  • Week 14: BYE WEEK, Dec. 12.
  • Week 15: vs New York Jets, Dec. 18 or 19, Time/TV TBD
  • Week 16: at New Orleans Saints, Dec. 27, 8:15 p.m., ESPN
  • Week 17: at Tennessee Titans, Jan. 2, 1 p.m., CBS
  • Week 18: vs. New England Patriots, Jan. 9, 1 p.m., CBS