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5 Quesitons With Dolphins Gab

In anticipation of Sunday’s game with the 2-0 Miami Dolphins, what better way to find out about them then talk with a Dolphins fan.

This week I was able to talk with Brant Houghton, the editor of Dolphins Gab, and he was gracious enough to share this thoughts on this Sunday Night’s game. I answered some questions for him too and you can check it out heading over to Dolphins Gab.

1. The Dolphins have had a lot of success running the Wildcat against the Jets? How much of that can we expect on Sunday?

I expect to see some different wrinkles added to the Wildcat this week against the Jets, or perhaps next week against the New England Patriots. I expect to see at least 8-10 snaps of the Wildcat, but also the Jets, and the rest of the league have probably found out the key to shutting down the Wildcat by now, so the element of surprise is pretty much gone at this point. The only way you see some big gains and unexpected plays is if they unveil the wrinkles that they have been working on all summer.

2. What are your thoughts on Jason Taylor signing with the hated Jets and what do you think the reaction will be from the fans when he returns to Miami Sunday night?

I don’t like the signing at all. I think Taylor should have waited until after the draft to see what the Fins would have offered him, but instead chose to sign with the Jets. At this point I’m not missing him at all, as Miami has been getting a pretty consistent pass rush from their front seven in both of their games this year. As far as fan reactions, expect mixed emotions when his name is announced. There will of course always be some boo birds in attendance, but for the most part Miami fans are pretty classy, so I’m expecting the majority to cheer for Taylor out of respect for his career in Miami, but personally, after all of the things that he has said during the off-season, and all of the personal hatred I have for the Jets, I would boo him.

3. With Darrelle Revis on the sidelines, Antonio Cromartie will be matched up against Brandon Marshall. The two have a past, going back to their days in the AFC West. How much do you think the Dolphins will target Cromartie?

Personally I want Miami to target Cromartie 15-20 when he is covering Marshall. Marshall has had a history of showing Cromartie who the real man is during the games. Marshall has shown that he can be a deep threat, while his main strength is lining up in the slot. He did not get the nickname “Weapon X” for no reason. How the Dolphins go about their offensive gameplan is beyond me, as they are always mixing strategies up on the fans, but I think the passing game for both teams will be the X-Factor in this game, and whoever can pass the ball the most effectively will win the game.

4. Mark Sanchez had two of his better games against the Dolphins last year and is coming off one of the best performances of his career. Though, the Dolphins secondary has been playing great so far this season. Who gets the better of this matchup this week?

Well it all depends on the pass rush that the Dolphins can get on the Jets offensive line. With Nick Mangold being a little nicked up, and your starting left guard Vladimir Ducasse being a little unseasoned, look for the Dolphins to run some heavy blitzes right up the middle at Sanchez. Forcing Sanchez to make decisions on the run, and before he needs to make them will go a long ways to seeing whether or not he will makes the mistakes that the Fins want him to make to force turnovers. Look for Sanchez to have an interception or two, and whether or not he can limit his mistakes and make the critical passes he will undoubtedly have to make at some point in the game remains to be seen.

5. Finally, what is your prediction for Sunday’s game?

I’m going to be a homer here and pick the Dolphins to win in another close matchup between the two rivals, with Miami pulling out the win, 17-13. I think whether or not the Fins can get Brandon Marshall the ball on multiple occasions, and get a consistent rush on Sanchez will determine the game for both teams.


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