NOTEBOOK: Dolphins Have Never Lost To Panthers; Other Notes

Posted Nov 19, 2013

This is the fifth meeting between Miami and Carolina.

Some opponents are so familiar that preparing for them doesn’t require too much film work, but that is definitely not the case this week with the Carolina Panthers.

Since 1998, three years after Carolina joined the Jacksonville Jaguars as the two newest NFL franchises, the Miami Dolphins have only played them four times, most recently in 2009 in Charlotte on a Thursday night. Miami has emerged victorious each time and is looking to stay perfect against the NFL’s hottest team this Sunday afternoon at Sun Life Stadium, as the Panthers beat the New England Patriots last night, 24-20, for their sixth win in a row following a 1-3 start

“If you play the Buffalo Bills or the Jets or New England for example, it’s the same staff and a lot of the same players so you develop a lot of experience and a lot of reps against that,” said long snapper John Denney, who is the longest tenured Dolphin on the roster. “The more reps you do at anything the better you’re going to be at it, so playing Carolina, one, they’re not in our division and two, it’s a different coaching staff so you’re not going to have as much exposure to that. You’ve just got to worry about the basics of playing football and you can’t get caught up in the details and obviously they’re playing well enough to win and they’re on a hot streak.”

Miami won at Carolina, 13-9, on November 15th, 1998, at home on November 4th, 2001, by a 23-9 score, at home again on September 25th, 2005 by a 27-24 score and at Carolina on November 19th, 2009 by the score of 24-17. History is on the Dolphins’ side, but the players are not relying on that, including Denney, who was on the field for two of those wins in 2005 and 2009.

“Whatever our previous record was, it’s kind of like a roulette wheel, black and red,” Denney said. “You can’t play off of previous results. This is a whole new game, all new players and you can’t go off of previous records to determine what you do.”


Head Coach Joe Philbin kept the team outside for the entirety of practice this afternoon for what was a like workout instead of starting things out inside the practice bubble. … Center Mike Pouncey (illness) was the only player missing. … Tight end Charles Clay’s 39-yard touchdown reception landed at No. 9 on ESPN’s Top 10 NFL Plays from the week, primarily because of the power he displayed in running over Chargers safety Marcus Gilchrist on his way into the end zone.


After opening up the team’s stretching period with country music artist Chase Rice’s “How She Rolls,” the mood turned more relaxed with a reggae vibe. “One Love,” by the late Bob Marley, followed Rice’s song and then things wrapped up with Jah Cure’s “Pressure We Hard.”


“I watch it as if I’m watching film. I’m actually not watching the game. I’m watching the player and their techniques and stuff like that. That’s really what I’m watching. A lot of football I watch different than everybody else. I don’t ever watch the ball carrier, I watch the person who I would be going against and the person they’re playing against to see what possibly they might be doing wrong. I’ll use the DVR thing to rewind if I need to.” – veteran left tackle Bryant McKinnie on how he watches Monday Night Football when one of the teams happens to be his next opponent
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