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AC in the AM: Time To Answer Your Questions

Posted Oct 18, 2017

With the offense fresh off a 20-point second half against the Falcons and with the defense emerging as one of the best in the le

ague, let’s see what’s on your mind these days, and I promise there will be no late hits or faulty execution.

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AC: Plenty. I have always believed that teams have a tendency to take on the personality of their coach and this team is no different with Adam Gase. What the players see in Gase is passion and resiliency and both of those traits were evident in the victory over the Falcons.

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AC: It’s truthfully too early to know how things will evolve. My assumption is that a healthy Tannehill will reclaim his starting job, but Cutler’s performance over the last 11 regular season games could conceivably change everything. My advice: Enjoy this season before moving on to next season because, after what we saw against the Falcons, it could be a fun ride.

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AC: It really isn’t Cutler as much as it is continuing to get quality protection from the offensive line and balance from the running game. You achieve that and he’s instantly a better quarterback, evident against the Falcons. What Cutler needs to do is be smart with his passes and try to avoid game-defining mistakes.

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AC: Totally agree. This offense has sputtered out of the gate much of this season and that’s a concern. But until the Atlanta game, this offense really hadn’t done a whole lot in the second half either. The fact that we now have a blueprint in place to show what this offense can do over an entire half is certainly encouraging. How they respond against the Jets should tell us plenty, especially the way they come out in the first half.

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AC: I’m not sure he will start immediately – could depend on his conditioning – but he will be a factor very quickly. There is a reason the Dolphins extended his contract: T.J. McDonald can flat out play. He’s going to make a good secondary even better and a quality defense even deeper. I expect we’ll see a lot of him over the second half of the season.

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AC: Although I’m not sure I see a question here, I will respond. In order to come back from 17 points down in one half, you often need several assists from the other team. The late hit on Cutler that negated an interception was a monumental play in the game. But the Dolphins had their share of penalties as well and had to overcome them, which they did. Bottom line from my viewpoint: The Dolphins won this game far more than the Falcons lost it.

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AC: He actually never lost the respect of the locker room. Players understand the highs and lows of their profession. This team embraced Timmons when he first signed and embraced him when he returned. You’ve got to understand this is a player who brings it on every down, who is an excellent locker room presence and who possesses real leadership skills. Watch him play. Watch how he produces Sunday after Sunday. That’s how he is ultimately judged.

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AC: Larsen is eligible to begin practicing this week and can return to the active roster on Oct. 30th, following the eighth week of the season, meaning his first game back could be against the Raiders on Nov. 5th. From everything I hear, Larsen is doing well. I believe if his progress continues as it has, he’ll be activated because the Dolphins could certainly use both his veteran presence and his skill set at offensive guard.

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AC: I respectfully disagree that Drake is better carrying the ball than Williams. Drake is excellent in the open field and certainly as a receiver coming out of the backfield. But Williams is better right now as a pure runner. As much as I see the upside with both players, I don’t want either of them to take away from Jay Ajayi’s carries. Not the way Ajayi has been running.

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AC: Got to go with 10-6. Think of what this team has had to overcome. Think of the road (literally) they had to travel. The fact that they are 3-2 right now says plenty about their season-long potential. This is an equal opportunity league right now: No great teams, plenty of good ones. If the Dolphins can build on what they did against the Falcons, the way this defense is playing they can certainly put together a string of victories like last season.

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AC: Yes the scoreboard says the offense played better with Mike Pouncey sidelined, but it had absolutely nothing to do with his absence. This offense is always better with Pouncey on the field. The fact that they succeeded without Pouncey is a credit to his back-up Jake Brendel and the play of the entire offense in general. They were able to overcome the loss of Pouncey. That’s something you don’t want to have to do on a regular basis.

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AC: Good question. Got to be someone on defense and although I’m tempted to go with Kiko Alonso, how can you not select safety Reshad Jones? The guy has been top-tier every week, his fumble-return for a touchdown against the Titans and his interception last week against the Falcons perhaps the two most important plays of these first five weeks. Yes, it’s Jones. No doubt it’s Jones.

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