hey guys I heard we needed another person to start a "my thoughts on the game" thread! I was kind of surprised about how frequently the starting offense used the same 2x2 shotgun with a TE in the slot formation. They weren't game-planning this game, so it wasn't that, and I'd tend to think they'd want to practice more diverse things. A decent amount of misfiring on offense nonetheless. Dropped passes, missed throws, blown run plays. Matt Moore isolated didn't look bad. What I think I like the most about Ryan Tannehill's successes was that what he was doing was not extraordinary in terms of yardage or drama, he was making routine throws look very good. The running game sans Bush was awful, ending up with 6 yards from 9 carries, and even then half of Bush's carries on the night went for negative yards. Jorvorskie Lane looks like he improved a bit as a blocker from Texas A&M. He had a miss, but he had a nice lead block, and then had a special teams block as a wedge guy on one of Matthews returns where he kept his feet moving and took him 10+ yards. Not much you can say about the starting wide receivers without dwelling too much on Chad Johnson's drop. Roberto Wallace and Julius Pruitt moved pretty quickly to try and bury the other bottom of roster rookies. The fact that Pruitt plays in ST coverage units might almost be a nail in the coffin for Fuller/Cunningham/Matthews. I was surprised about how little Charles Clay played with the starters, and when the Dolphins did go to 2-TE in the 1st unit, it was Jeron Mastrud who came on the field. Also a little bit interesting was Anthony Fasano lining up at fullback and throwing a pretty legitimate block on Reggie Bush's big draw play. I was happy to see Charles Clay productive, but what I was happy to see was him being effective after the catch. That's going to be important with some of the fullback stuff he will be doing. The offense line was hit or miss the entire night. Run blocking was not particularly good for any unit, and Jonathan Martin looked awkward. He didn't play well, but he wasn't awful, it just looked ugly and awkward. The defense ended up being what it seemed like it would be schematically from camp. Mostly over/under fronts. It was interesting they did very little in the way of substitutions on defense, and what they did do was almost by entire unit. Our starting defense played as a package, the only substitutes were either Soliai or Misi for Vontae Davis/Richard Marshall. Hated seeing Jared Odrick as a Nickel edge rusher with Paul Soliai as a DT, but it was only one snap. That trend continued with the back-ups, too, they substituted entire front-7's out at a time later in a game mid-series. I'm not sure what you'd call it, but Koa Misi and Jason Trusinik's position looks like it's going to be an interesting one. They were in my mind the stars of the defense last night, and the mix of traditional 4-3 and 3-4 duties seems to fit their skillsets. Koa Misi also appears to be your starting Nickel DE again over Westerman/Vernon, which I like. Well, I'd like an overall stronger option, but I think Misi was reasonably good at it as a rookie and it didn't make a lot of sense to bench him last year in that regard. Ryan Baker also played well and made a case for his continued existance. I think he had two tips at the line and stop. Starting cornerbacks both gave up bad plays, but I think people are piling on a little bit. The deep Underwood interception was not indicative of everything horrible our defensive backs have ever done or whatever. Both Smith and Wilson were in good position and didn't make the play on the ball. It's hard to draw to many conclusions on that one. What the hell, Dan Carpenter?