Rookie defensive end
Second-year safety Jimmy Wilson followed up his sack of Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez with his second career blocked punt. He timed his jump perfectly and the ball bounced right into the arms of rookie defensive end Olivier Vernon in the end zone for a touchdown that gave Miami a 10-0 lead with 3:59 left in the first quarter.
Eye In The Sky
Being as the defense pitched a shutout in the first half, it’s difficult to ignore the dominance that was created up front by the defensive line. Defensive tackles
Safety Jimmy Wilson – The second-year safety single-handedly infused momentum into the Dolphins on back-to-back plays in the first quarter, first with a sack of Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez coming clean on the blitz, and then with a blocked punt. Olivier Vernon recovered the loose ball in the end zone for a touchdown that broke the game open.
Cornerback Nolan Carroll – In his third consecutive start in place of
Quarterback Matt Moore – Pressed into his first action of the season after Tannehill’s leg injury in the first quarter, Moore kept the rhythm going on offense and was efficient with his passes. He completed long passes to
Tight end Anthony Fasano – The cagey veteran had one touchdown catch and almost another one but was ruled out of bounds. He also helped out in pass protection and run blocking.
Defensive end Olivier Vernon – The rookie followed up his breakout performance against the St. Louis Rams two weeks ago with two more game-changing plays on special teams. He recovered Wilson’s blocked punt in the end zone for the first touchdown and later blocked a field goal attempt while also doing a stellar job on defense.
The entire coaching staff – This was the first taste of a road division game for Head Coach Joe Philbin and his staff and across the board they called an impeccable game. It started with a successful onsides kick early in the game called by special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi that helped send a message and continued with a creative defensive game plan by defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle. He mixed in his blitzes well and kept the Jets guessing, and then Philbin and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman made a nice adjustment for the switch to Moore from Tannehill.
From The Locker Room
Coach Philbin on special teams…
You have to give a lot of credit to Darren Rizzi and Dave Fipp, (they had) an excellent game plan number one. Number two, the players, they obviously studied the plan, practiced the plan hard, executed it well. It was impressive to watch. There were some impressive things, no question about it. (I was) really delighted with what they did, I thought our plan was good and the execution was good.
Coach Philbin on the status of Ryan Tannehill….
I haven’t even thought (about it). I’m sure there will be some follow up but, I’m not really sure right now.
Coach Philbin on Matt Moore’s performance…
I think my comments have been consistent about Matt (Moore) since April. He’s a good football player. The guy’s a football player. (He) loves the game and (an) excellent teammate. He’s worked his tail off since the day I’ve been here. He’s impressive, I’m happy for him. I’m glad he played well. Not surprised, but happy.
QB Matt Moore on n the majority of his wins as a Dolphin being blowouts…
Hey, you said it. We had unbelievable special teams play today and the defense - if you give up nine points, that’s pretty good. Our field position was unbelievable all day. It’s easy when you have it like that. I credit those guys. Obviously, the guys on the offense made a bunch of plays and put up some points. A blowout or a one-point victory, it’s the same. A win is a win.
QB Matt Moore on what the two deep catches did for his confidence…
(That was) a big time catch by Marlon (Moore). I didn’t see the end of it, but I heard it was pretty nice. I think both were on third down, so those are big plays. You keep drives alive there and I’m just happy to see guys making plays. I felt good. We put some drives together, and with those plays, we end up with points. If we don’t have those, we turn the ball over, so those are big plays in a game.
Miami plays its second straight road game at the Indianapolis Colts next Sunday at 1 p.m., at the RCA Dome.