Miami routed the Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-3, to make it three consecutive victories on the weekend that ’72 team has been honored. Back in 2007 on the 35th anniversary, the Dolphins beat the Baltimore Ravens in overtime, 22-16, for their only win of the season and on the 30th anniversary in 2002 they beat the Oakland Raiders, 23-17.
“It was good to see those guys out there today and I think it was even more special for us to get that win today while we were honoring that ’72 team,” said running back
Forty years ago it was the defense that drove the team that season behind defensive coordinator Bill Arnsparger and the likes of Hall-of-Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti, defensive tackle Manny Fernandez, defensive ends Bill Stanfill and Vern Den Herder, safeties Dick Anderson and Jake Scott and cornerbacks Tim Foley and Lloyd Mumphord. So to see this defense stop the Jaguars three times on fourth down in the red zone made them proud.
The biggest fourth-down stop came in the second quarter after Tannehill lost a fumble and Jacksonville recovered at the Miami 20. Linebacker
“That’s something we’ve been trying to get going is complimentary football,” defensive end
Dansby wasn’t at all surprised about how his defense played in those critical situations and chalked up their success to preparation.
“We just played technically sound, smart football,” said Dansby, who finished with six tackles (all solo) and one pass breakup. “We knew what their fourth-down plays were, fullback dive and quarterback sneak. They got us in a situation where they hustled onto the field to line up real fast and run the quarterback sneak. We just came up, stuffed it and that comes from watching film and trusting the guys around you.”
Head Coach Joe Philbin applauded the defense, especially how it played at the very end when it looked like the Jaguars were going to go in for a late touchdown.
“I think on a couple of run plays there was good penetration, obviously, the guys held their gap and we were able to get off the field there,” he said. “Even at the end of the game, they certainly had the opportunity to score and get in the end zone and we held them there as well.”
The Dolphins improved to 6-8 with one more game remaining next week against the Buffalo Bills and still remain in the playoff hunt.