NOTEBOOK: Offense Comes Through Late

Posted Nov 25, 2012

Through the air and on the ground, Miami strikes gold.

Big days in the passing game by wide receiver Davone Bess and tight end Charles Clay along with solid games on the ground by running backs Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas sparked Miami’s come-from-behind 24-21 victory.

Statistical Milestones

Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill set a new rookie record for passing yards with his 9-yard pass to Davone Bess in the third quarter, surpassing Hall-of-Famer Dan Marino’s record of 2,210 yards back in 1983. … Davone Bess caught seven passes for 129 yards, setting a enw career-high. … Tannehill’s 19-yard scramble in the third quarter was the longest run of his young career, surpassing his 13-yard run in Week 2 against the Oakland Raiders. … Second-year tight end Charles Clay set a new career-high for receiving yards with his 29-yard touchdown catch late in the game. That gave him 77 for the day, surpassing the 69-yard outing against Buffalo on November 20th, 2011. … Second-year running back Daniel Thomas ripped off a 20-yard run late in the first quarter, which was tied for the third longest run of his career. He had a 20-yarder at Indianapolis earlier this season. His career-best was a 26-yard run at Buffalo on December 18th, 2011 and he had a 21-yarder on December 4th, 2011 against the Oakland Raiders.

Turning Point

With the Seahawks driving for what would have been the game-winning field goal, Dolphins defensive end Jared Odrick fought off his blocker and sacked Russell Wilson to keep them out of field goal range and force a punt. That allowed Tannehill to engineer his first fourth-quarter comeback and game-winning scoring drive.

Eye In The Sky

Miami’s interior defensive linemen consistently got pressure up the middle on Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson for most of the first half, forcing him to throw the ball away, scramble or take a sack. Defensive tackles Paul Soliai and Tony McDaniel perfected the tactic in the second quarter for a sack of Wilson as Soliai pushed his blocker back into Wilson and grabbed a hold of his head and shoulder while McDaniel got Wilson low. … On the other side of the ball, center Mike Pouncey and guards Richie Incognito and John Jerry did a nice job creating a good pocket for Tannehill to get comfortable in during the second quarter. That allowed him to complete some passes to Davone Bess and tight end Charles Clay on a drive that started at his own 6. … Pouncey showed off his athleticism on Reggie Bush’s 21-yard touchdown run in the second quarter as he snapped the ball back to Tannehill and then pulled and got to the edge ahead of Bush to make the block that sprung him. … Pouncey also combined with left guard Richie Incognito to open up a big hole up the middle on Daniel Thomas’ 20-yard run late in the first quarter. Bush and Thomas combined for 89 rushing yards in the first half and Miami’s ground game was averaging 7.3 yards per carry at intermission after struggling in previous weeks. … Tight ends Jeron Mastrud and Charles Clay turned into blockers on Marlon Moore’s 9-yard end around and cleared the edge for the speedy Moore to almost get a first down on the game-tying touchdown drive. … The entire offensive line answered the bell on the game-winning drive by keeping Tannehill clean and allowing him to complete his passes to set up the winning field goal.

Fantastic Fins

Wide receiver Davone Bess – He established himself again as the go-to receiver for Tannehill in crucial situations, coming up with a huge 39-yard catch in the fourth quarter that helped set up the first game-tying touchdown early in the fourth quarter. He led all receivers with seven catches for 129 yards, a new career-high for him.

Tight end Charles Clay – The second-year H-back tied the game late with his 29-yard touchdown catch and had the best receiving day of his career. In addition to the touchdown and a couple of clutch first-down conversions, Clay also made an impact with his blocking, helping to clear the way for Marlon Moore on his 9-yard end around.

Running back Reggie Bush – He set the tone early with an 11-yard sweep and kept the pedal to the metal, waking up the crowd with his 21-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Running back Daniel Thomas – He finished with 60 yards on nine carried and a tough 3-yard touchdown run and ran the ball hard in the second half.


The Dolphins host the New England Patriots next Sunday at Sun Life Stadium in a divisional showdown with the AFC East leaders.
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