Sep 16, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush (22) carries the ball on a 23-yard touchdown run against the Oakland Raiders at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins defeated the Raiders 35-13. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
In this week’s “Know Thy Enemy”, we talk to our rival editor. We sit down for our weekly five questions with Brian Miller, editor of phinphanatic.com. Here’s what he had to say leading into Sunday afternoon’s game:
THE JET PRESS:Talk to us about Ryan Tannehill. For those of us who haven’t seen him yet, talk about his skill set, what he brings to the table….etc.
PHIN PHANATIC:Ryan Tannehill is playing very well and a lot of that has to do with his familiarity of the offense. It’s the same one they ran at Texas A&M. He has really impressed his teammates from day 1 of his arrival. The players chide him as the “People Choice” and on his first day players joked that he actually acted like a leader. Tannehill is raw but he has very good arm strength and has confidence. He has no problems leading his teammates and they have responded.
TJP:Reggie Bush is coming off a huge game last week for the Dolphins. Does he look primed to have a second one?
PP:Bush is trying to win over his critics. He wants to average 4 yards per carry and lead the league. He has a drive that I haven’t seen in him since he arrived in the NFL. Unfortunately, his success is predicated on the play of the offensive line and the Oakland Raiders do not provide a solid gauge for the Oline. So far they have played both ends of that facing one of the best in Houston in week 1 and one of the worst with Oakland in week 2. Too much simply isn’t known.
Sep 16, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) throws a pass against the Oakland Raiders at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
TJP:Do you think Tony Sparano being on our side creates any form of an advantage, with his knowledge of the personnel?
PP:I don’t know honestly. Offensively, he may know something about WR’s Brian Hartline and Davone Bess and maybe Jake Long but the rest of the team is different in this new offense. More of his knowledge should come from the defensive side of the ball as most of those players haven’t changed. Not sure he really can supply the Jets with enough info to turn the game.
TJP:What do you think are the biggest matchup problems for the Dolphins, going up against the Jets, on either side of the ball?
PP:This is actually simple. If the Dolphins defense can beat the Jets offensive line they will keep Sanchez from exploiting their weak secondary. Offensively, I don’t know how Miami’s WR’s are going to handle the Jets secondary. I see a lot of passes to the RB’s out of the back-field.
TJP:What’s your prediction for the game?
PP:Cop out time. I think this game has too many variables to really have an idea of who is going to win. I think it will be a lot closer than many think though.
Thanks to Brian for sitting down with us for this segment. For all things Dolphins, please check out his site, phinphanatic.com, he and his team do a terrific job.