NOTEBOOK: Four Fantastic Fins Help Top The Bengals

Posted Oct 7, 2012

The play of four members of the Dolphins' help Miami top the Bengals.

The Dolphins' road win at Cincinnati was led by the play of four players. They are this week's Fantastic Fins.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill The rookie once again was never rattled and stood tall in the pocket, delivering pass after pass. He also continued to look goo throwing on the run whenever he head to scramble, keeping his eyes down the field on his receivers. He was 7-of-10 for 101 yards in the first half and hit some deep passes in the second half to spark the second touchdown drive.

Defensive tackle Randy Starks He wreaked havoc all afternoon from the interior, tipping passes at the line and of course coming up with the interception that set up the second touchdown of the game. He also had half a sack to give him 3.5 for the season.

Defensive end Cameron Wake The speedy pass rusher followed up his big performance last week at Arizona with two more sacks and was stout against the run. He wore down Bengals right tackle Andre Smith in the second half and forced Dalton to hurry some of his throws.

Wide receiver Brian Hartline He followed up his record-setting day from a week ago by leading the way again in his home state, catching four passes for 59 yards. He made a big 30-yard catch in the third quarter and then drew a pass interference penalty on Bengals cornerback Terence Newman that helped keep the final clock killing drive alive.

Turning Point

Randy Starks’ interception at the start of the second half allowed the Dolphins to build on their one-point lead as he set the offense up at the Bengals’ 36. Cincinnati had deferred to the second half after winning the coin toss in hopes of taking back momentum and lost it on that one play.

Eye In The Sky

After going three-and-out on the opening drive, Miami’s offense blended the run and the pass well on a methodical second drive from its own 28 to the Bengals’ 11, covering 61 yards. The right side of the line, led by rookie right tackle Jonathan Martin and right guard John Jerry, opened holes for Reggie Bush to run through, with Jerry standing up tough Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins on a 7-yard run by Bush. Unfortunately, the drive ended with a Jorvorskie Lane fumble … Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle did a nice job early on with his substitution packages on the defensive line, bringing in rookies Kheeston Randall and Derrick Shelby to spell Cameron Wake and Randy Starks and bringing Tony McDaniel in to spell Paul Soliai. That allowed for fresh legs and resulted in better pressure being put on Dalton. … The entire offensive line continued its trend of good pass protection after giving up a sack on the opening drive, allowing Tannehill plenty of time to find tight ends Charles Clay and Anthony Fasano over the middle on 24-yard and 15-yard passes, respectively, on the first touchdown drive. Martin kept Carlos Dunlap and Robert Geathers at bay to help seal off the right side of the pocket. … Jerry opened the hole on the right side for Daniel Thomas’ 1-yard touchdown run that gave Miami a 7-6 lead. … During the game broadcast, CBS announcers Marv Albert and Rich Gannon did an informal count of Dan Marino (jersey number 13) vs. Boomer Esiason (7) jerseys in the stands. Marino jerseys came out on top by a 48-1 margin between the former Dolphins and Bengals quarterbacks. Upon further review, the fan wearing the one Bengals No. 7 jersey in the stands was supporting Cincinnati's backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, not Esiason. … Some of the Dolphins players wore pink items today in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with some players wearing pink cleats and other wearing pink gloves or sporting pink towels.


The Dolphins return home next Sunday to host the St. Louis Rams at Sun Life Stadium at 1 p.m., with Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas set to be officially inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll.
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