Q – Oinks Mike
So I know we are running the ball well with Ajayi carrying a heavy load. And I love watching Ajayi run – I can do that all game long. But do you think we are going to work in some carries from other RBs? I particularly am curious about Drake who seems to have disappeared the last couple of games. But with Foster’s retirement – is there a glimmer of oink for Drake?
I think Ajayi is going to get the majority of the carries, and with good reason. He’s a proven workhorse. He did at Boise St., and he;s now done it 2 games in a row, to the tune of 418 yards, on 54 carries, for an insane 7.74 yards per carry. Drake or Williams can’t match that. Williams is most likely the 1st guy up to spell Ajayi, but I think at some point, Drake will get some carries. I’d ride Ajayi until he gives us a reason not to.
Keep in mind Drake was used sparingly at Alabama, as he was stuck behind the bulldozing Derrick Henry. He never carried the ball 100 times in a season. Obviously, Ajayi most likely won’t be able to handle 27 carries a game, so at some point, we’re going to have to lessen his load. IMO, as much as you want to see Drake, I want to see Carroo. At least in Drake’s case, Ajayi is performing at such a high level, it’s understandable that he take a back seat, but Parker hasn’t been doing much of anything, and despite his lofty draft status, he has to produce to get snaps, and I think maybe it’s getting time to see what Carroo can do for us. I also don’t see Drake running aggressively like Ajayi, but we know he has the speed to break one, so maybe we just get a few plays for him where we try to get him moving in space, a little pass out of the backfield, or in the slot. Ajayi has given us the identity of a tough running team, and I want it to stay that way. Maybe late in the game if Ajayi has tired the opposing defense, Drake can come in and beat a tired defense. That would be a good start for him.
Q -What is most likely against the Jets? (and you lose if you pick #1 or #2 and #3 is also right)
1 — 100+ rushing yards for Ajayi
2 — 300+ passing yards for Tanny
3 — both
4 — none of the above
I think there’s a pretty good chance of 3 happening. I’m pretty sure we will run enough to keep the jets defense from just playing the pass, and I think in doing so, Ajayi will get at least 20 carries. True, the Jets defense isn’t the Bills or Steelers, but I think running the ball is an attitude, and I think we have it now. I think we’re going to make it happen, because we’re committed to doing it. Hey man, the Bears ran all over the vaunted Vikings defense, so it can happen. I think the success of the run game will continue to feed the success of the pass game. Better protection, the defense off balance and tired, and I think with those 2 factors working for us, Tannehill will get it done. I think Landry is going to have a big game, and maybe Parker wakes up from his slumber, but Kenny Stills is going to make at least 1 big play for us.
Look for Ajayi with about 125 and a TD, and Tannehill at just about 300-310, with 3 TD’s. Dolphins fans go crazy everywhere!!
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Q – Hey Mike E – I feel the Jets are going to come out determined to stop the run, and therefore the schemes on offense to disguise, exploit and take advantage of the that through the air will be vital. Do you think the Dolphins passing game plan on offense is going to be the most important aspect of the Jets game on Sunday?
It will be a match of wills then, because I believe we have the attitude that we can and WILL run the ball. I think there’s a chance that a couple of pass plays open up the run a little more, but make no mistake, we will be running the ball, and my guess is at least 20-30 times. You know the Bills knew we had plans of running, and they couldn’t stop us. Yes, the jets have more talent on their front 7 than the Bills do, but I think our perseverance and aggressiveness will pay off.
No matter what, we can’t be one dimensional, and that means both ways, either too run heavy, or too pass happy. We need balance, and I think as long as we maintain some balance, we’ll continue to do well on offense. That also feeds the defense, because it keeps TOP in our favor, keeps the defense rested. I chose the score of 28-16 Dolphins because I really think we can do that. Usually, I’m not as careful picking my score, but I believe it’s what is going to happen. We’re going to run well, hit some pass plays, and then on defense, the Jets will be punting early and often, and I expect at least 2 NYJ turnovers. Forte has yet to go over 100 yards, and even when they’ve run the ball a lot, meaning 30 times, he ran for exactly 100, which is a low 3.33 YPC. I expect us to get up on the Jets, and that will make it harder for them to run. No Franks and beans Sunday, he’ll be busy kicking 4 extra points, and kicking off, but otherwise, he will be well rested.
This is NOT the Dolphins of the last decade or so!
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