It’s now been around 48 hours since the Dolphins attempted to play the Baltimore Ravens in their Sunday 2019 opener. And that’s the right word, attempted, because in the end, Baltimore embarrassed the Fins on a record-breaking scoring Sunday at Hard Rock stadium.
If you need it further illuminated, here are the numbers (most of them awful for Miami) but wild, nonetheless:
42- the record number of first-half points ever allowed by the Dolphins in any game. It’s also the most ever scored by the Ravens in a first-half in their franchise history. It did come up short on the most first half points in NFL history, as that’s 1983 Packers scoring 49 in the first half of a game with the Buccaneers.
59- record most points scored by the Ravens in any game, and it was the most points scored in a season opener in the NFL, since the 1973 Atlanta Falcons scored 63 points in their first game that year.
158.3- the perfect passer rating for Ravens second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson. The foremer Heisman Trophy winner became the youngest QB in NFL history to attain that mark as he is just 22 years, 8 months and threw five touchdown passes in the first half alone, in the rout of the Dolphins.
83 and 47, the distance on two touchdown bombs that rookie Marquise Brown caught from Jackson in the first half making him the first player in NFL history to have two touchdown catches of 40 yards or more, as a rookie in the first game of the season. Miami obviously had no answer for his speed downfield.
35 – 3 that was the score with just over two minutes remaining in the first half, when Ravens coach John Harbaugh authorized a fake punt run on a 4th and 1 at his own 30 yard line. Linebacker Anthony Levine took off up the middle and raced 60 yards to the Miami 10 yard line. And, it led to the sixth touchdown just before half-time for Baltimore.
48-3 that had been the previous Dolphins worst home loss, to the Kansas City Chiefs in 1968. that is before they lost by 49 Sunday.
643 the franchise record number of yards the Ravens put up and it was also the most ever allowed by the Dolphins in their franchise history in a single game. The previous mark was 622 yards compiled by the Patriots in a 2011 game.
52 – 3 that was the score when Harbaugh once again called for his team to pile on. Instead of kicking a field goal on 4th and goal at the three, backup quarterback Robert Griffin III hit tight end Mark Andrews for their final touchdown and the 59 – 10 margin.
17 – the number of plays the Dolphins ran before they finally crossed midfield late in the first half. That’s when QB Ryan Fitzpatrick hit DeVante Parker with a 49-yard pass to the Baltimore 27. It eventually led to Jason Sanders 54 yard field goal and the first points of the year. However, it only slightly dented Baltimore’s lead of 28 – 3, at the time.
14.5 the opening spread for the defending champion Patriots in Las Vegas for this week’s game. That number, almost unheard of for road favorites this early in the season, may rise as the week goes on and more people bet New England, too.
Bama QB Tua Tagovailoa present to start NFL combine
The NFL Scouting Combine is getting underway in Indianapolis this week and on Monday morning, one of the prized quarterbacks that will be available early in the first round of the draft was there for official measurements and to meet with teams.
Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, whose season ended with a fractured hip last November, is on the road to recovery and he was officially measured and also, met with numerous teams that are looking at the possibility of drafting him:
Tua Tagovailoa measured at 6-0, 217 pounds at the NFL combine today. Left throwing hand at 10”
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) February 24, 2020
In addition to not only the injured hip, but also a history of high ankle sprain problems, Tagovailoa has got to answer critics on his size. At just 6 – 0 feet there will be concerns about his ability to clearly see downfield through the massive bodies on NFL Sundays.
However, this can be combated by moving him around out of the pocket and that’s something that Alabama was successful at doing over his three years as well.
As we wrote recently, Tagovailoa was injured in Alabama’s 10th game of the season suffering a fractured hip on a sack late in the first half at Mississippi State. He missed the Tide’s final two regular-season games and then, their Citrus Bowl win January 1st, over Michigan
He came to Alabama from Hawaii and the same high school as Marcus Mariota, having thrown for over 8,000 yards which at that time was a Hawaii High School record. And, he had a career of 84 passing and 27 rushing touchdowns in three seasons.
Tua burst onto the scene nationally, when he relieved Jalen Hurts in the second half and overtime of Alabama’s thrilling title game win over Georgia in the 2018 College Football Playoff Championship Game. Tagovailoa threw the game-winning touchdown pass on the first overtime possession, as Alabama celebrated their fifth National Title in nine seasons under Saban.
In his second season at the helm in the 2018 regular season, Tagovailoa was named second-team AP All-American and was a Heisman Trophy finalist, as the Tide reached the National Title game, again, before being beaten soundly by Clemson 12 months ago.
As this junior season unfolded, Tagovailoa was named almost became synonymous with the Dolphins, who started the season horribly at 0 – 7 and the moniker “Tank for Tua” began to gain momentum in South Florida.
Tagovailoa is obviously on the Dolphins list to look at strongly to select in the top five in the draft and currently, Miami is slated to pick fifth.
It is expected that Tagovailoa will work out for teams probably later in March or maybe even, early April at the Tide’s facility in Tuscaloosa, prior to the NFL draft coming to Las Vegas.
Colorado announced hire of Dolphins assistant Dorrel Sunday
Former UCLA coach and recently promoted Dolphins assistant Karl Dorrell is headed back to college, as the new head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes.
The school confirmed Dorrell’s hire on Sunday evening with a five-year contract to take over their Big 12 program:
We'd like to officially introduce you to our new HC, Karl Dorrell.
— Colorado Buffaloes Football (@CUBuffsFootball) February 23, 2020
The Buffaloes have been seeking a head coach since there coach Mel Tucker abruptly left to take the Michigan State job earlier this month.
Dorrell came to the dolphins with Brian Flores this past season, as wide receiver coach and earlier last week was promoted to assistant head coach for the upcoming season. Miami’s top receiver, DeVante Parker, blossomed under Dorrell’s tutelage as the year went on. He finished the season with 72 catches for 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns becoming the favorite target of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Dorrel is the latest Dolphins assistant on the move. Flores fired the offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea he brought with him from New England. And, his defensive coordinator Patrick Graham left to take the same job with the Giants.
Dorrell had also been the Dolphins receivers coach, previously from 2008 – 10 and then, their quarterbacks coach in 2011 under the late Tony Sparano.
“I am excited that Karl Dorrell has agreed to become our head football coach,” George said. “Karl has had great success as a college coach, both as a head coach and an assistant, and he knows the Pac-12 Conference and West Coast well. It was important that our next coach have CU ties, and Karl has those ties having worked at CU twice previously. Karl shares my passion for Colorado and our vision for winning championships. He will be a tremendous mentor and role model for our student-athletes, and he will provide great leadership for our program going forward.”
The CU Board of Regents still have to approve Dorrell’s contract, which will be $18 million for five seasons.
Dorrell had previously been on Colorado staffs two other times in his career, including most recently as offensive coordinator under Rick Neuheisel from 1995- 98.
Dorrell was named head coach of his alma mater UCLA in 2003, where he lasted five seasons and went to a bowl game every year finishing with a career 35 – 27 record before being fired after the 2007 season.
Dorrell had previously been receivers coach for the New York Jets 2015 – 18 under Todd Bowles (above) and two of his receivers had made the Pro Bowl during his time there.
Colorado picked Dorrell from an interview process that also included former Buffaloes player and Kansas City Super Bowl offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy, who interviewed and was under strong consideration.